Young Artists Showcase seeks applicants

Posted Jan. 03, 2012, at 8:29 a.m.

For high school aged artists in the greater Bangor who excel at performing, writing, visual arts, and multimedia mediums, Stillwater Community Arts wants them to apply for the Young Artists Scholarship and Showcase.

According to Cami Carter, executive director of Stillwater Community Arts, the showcase is an extension of the “amazing arts programs” in the greater Bangor area. Carter is an English and theater teacher at Hermon High School and has seen first hand how important the arts can be to many youths.

The Young Artists Showcase includes a diverse selection of arts: Performing artists, visual artists, literary artists, and multi-media artists.

The mission of Stillwater Community Arts is to “stimulate, advance, and sustain the visual and performing arts in Orono, Old Town, and neighboring communities by facilitating educational and cultural opportunities that enhance access to, awareness of, collaboration in, and appreciation for the visual and performing arts.”

And by producing this first-ever showcase, the non-profit is meeting a need, especially for students in smaller school systems. Applications for the Showcase are restricted to students in grades 9-12 who live in Alton, Bradley, Glenburn, Greenbush, Greenfield, Milford, Old Town, Orono, Stillwater, or Veazie. Homeschooled students may also apply.

The applications for the Young Artists Showcase will culminate in seven artists being included in the public showcase on April 28. According to Carter, applications will be judged by local working professionals in the arts community. Applicants will be judged on talent, creativity, and ability. Each applicant must submit a one page explanation of her art, how she got started in art, what inspires her, and the applicant’s plan for the future.

In addition, applications must contain the following:

• For performing artists: Submit a DVD of yourself performing a piece that is at most four minutes long. Carter noted that Stillwater Community Arts will be working with local schools to provide a date for a live audition as an alternative to providing a prerecorded performance.

• For visual artists: Submit actual photos or a disk of three to five pieces of the work you want considered. In addition, visual artists should include the size and medium of each submission.

• Literary artists: Submit the piece of work to be showcased with the application.

• Multi-media artists: Submit a two-minute section of the piece or work that would be showcased if selected.

“We tried to make the categories broad enough to not eliminate anyone,” Carter said. “This [opportunity] will also provide the artists with a chance to experience what it means to get ready for a professional exhibit.”

Live audition dates will be available for students who are homeschooled or don’t have music programs available to them. There will be a live audition date at Orono High School on January 10 from 3-7 p.m. A date for Old Town High School is pending, Carter said.

Applicants who are chosen for the Showcase will be awarded a $100 scholarship.

Find out more by visiting stillwatercommunityarts.org/ or finding Stillwater Community Arts on Facebook and download an application there. Applications are being taken until January 30, 2012. Applications along with all supporting materials should be delivered to: Stillwater Community Arts Young Artists Showcase, P.O. Box 292, Orono, ME 04473 or deliver in person to the Stillwater Community Arts Office at 82 Main Street in Orono during the week from 9 a.m-2 p.m.

Additional questions can be directed to Carter at stillwatercommunityarts@gmail.com.

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