Presented by ArtSea Community Arts Council
Dianne Cross Award for the Arts
The Dianne Cross Award for the Arts is part of the ArtSea Scholarhsip Program, created in recognition of the founder of ArtSea Community Arts Council (then named, the Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula), to honour her remarkable contribution to arts and cultural activities on the Peninsula.
Each year, ArtSea hosts Artisans – a popular show and sale of contemporary and traditional works by island artits. Proceeds are used to promote connections between art, culture, and community on the Saanich Peninsula – including this award. ArtSea and ArtSea Members are proud to commit $1000 each year to support the development of young artists.
At the end of each December, the Saanich School Board receives these scholarship funds from ArtSea, at which time application information is sent to all School District 63 High Schools.
To be awarded to a graduating student to further enhances the study in the Arts in any or all of following: painting, sculpture, fibre, dance, drama, music, voice. Award can be used for artistic development such as tuition, lesson fees, instrument purchase or rental.
Applicants do not require an ArtSea membership to apply for the Dianne Cross Award for the Arts; however, ArtSea does offer a great student rate for membership (check out the benefits!)
Graduating students from SD63; Claremont, Stelly’s, Parkland, South Island Distance Education School and Individual Learning Centres are eligible.
This award is non-academic and will be awarded based on need and merit, more than academic achievement.
Scholarship applications received by the School District prior to the submission deadline are reviewed by the SD#63 Scholarship Committee, together with Dianne Cross. This award is non-academic and will be awarded based on need and information provided in the covering letter, more than academic achievement.
How to Apply
Eligible students must complete and submit the following to their school Scholarship Counsellor/ Scholarship Coordinator, who will submit the information to the School Board.
- District Scholarship Application (must be signed by a school counsellor), available online from SD63 or from your school counsellor.
- Cover letter explaining desires and goals in developing various art training, and details of how funds will be spent. The cover letter is the most important part of the application.
- Resume/curriculum vitae.
- Transcript of marks from grade 11 and grade 12.
- A letter of recommendation from current or previous instructor stating the area of interest and level of ability.
- We love hearing about the short and long-term activities and accomplishments of candidates, and would be happy to receive future updates and examples of work.
The successful candidate is presented with the scholarship at their school awards ceremony. A member of the ArtSea governing board will be present to congratulate the winner.
- Scholarship Amount:
Graduating SD63 Students pursuing the Arts
- Sponsored by:
ArtSea Community Arts Council
- Deadline for application:
May of the current year
- How to Apply:
Submit required information to school counsellor
Dianne Cross Award for the Arts – 2019
Congratulations to Rachel Tarasoff, the 2019 recipient of the Dianne Cross Award for the Arts. Rachel has been a dedicated student in Claremont’s Focus on Fine Arts (FOFA) program, with credits in dance, drama, musical theatre, music, and visual arts. She has performed in numerous productions, dance competitions and festivals, and as a featured extra in a Disney film production. In addition to dance and acting, Rachel is also trained in piano, cello, flute, and voice. Rachel will continue her studies in the arts at Capilano University’s Musical Theatre program. We wish you the very best in your future endeavours, Rachel!
Dianne Cross Award for the Arts – 2018
Keisha Hodge, a Claremont student, is the 2018 winner of the Dianne Cross Award for the Arts. Attending Claremont Secondary allowed Keisha to focus on the Fine Arts, specializing in musical theatre, drama, and dance courses. Keisha has many years of training in voice, stage and on-stage television. As stated by Keisha, “I am passionate about performing on stage and in film and television, as I love this form of storytelling.”
Keisha has been accepted to the University of British Columbia Bachelor of Arts Program, beginning in September 2018. She plans to take her first year of studies in the Bachelor of Arts Program with a focus on theatre courses and plans on transferring to the Bachelor of Arts Acting program in her second year. Keisha auditioned at Railtown Actors Studio in Vancouver and was accepted to take their training classes in September 2018, while attending university.
Dianne Cross Award for the Arts – 2017
Winner of the 2017 Dianne Cross Award for the Arts was Masayoshi Avery Redman Suzuki. His plan includes attending the Concordia University’s Fine Arts program and then achieving a Master of Fine Arts to pursue a university-level teaching career.