Sponsored by ArtSea Community Arts Council Society
The award was created in recognition of Dianne Cross’s time at the Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula, now renamed ArtSea Community Arts Council Society, after her retirement from the Board.
HOW IT WORKS
$750 raised by Artisans Program each year from October to December.
Money is sent at the end of December, to Saanich School Board 63.
Information is sent out to all Saanich High schools, requiring candidates to submit a letter of application, explaining their desires and goals in developing their various art training.
Letters must be submitted to the School Board, where selection will be made by Dianne Cross and the district scholarship committee.
Award to be given out at the high school awards ceremony of the winner. A member of the governing Board should be present for the presentation.
Tenure: 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.
Criteria: Graduating students from Claremont, Stelly’s, Parkland, South Island Distance Education School and Individual Learning Centres are eligible. This award is non-academic and will be awarded on need and merit, more than academic achievement.
DEADLINE: May of the current year
PROCEDURE: Student must complete a District Application Form and submit application to the school Scholarship Coordinator.
District Scholarship Application
Cover letter including details of how funds will be spent
Transcript of grade 11 and grade 12 marks
A letter of recommendation from current or previous instructor (inside or outside of school) stating the area of interest and level of ability
Application must be signed by a school counsellor
SELECTION: Selection will be made by the School District 63 Scholarship Committee and Dianne Cross.
Dianne Cross Award for the Arts – 2017
Winner of the 2017 Award was Masayoshi Avery Redman Suzuki. He is currently attending the Concordia University’s Fine Arts program. Suzuki hopes to achieve his Master of Fine Arts and pursue a university-level teaching career. He is trying to weave in older traditional Japanese work into his work. Samples can be viewed at instagram.com/suzukiavery.
Dianne Cross Award for the Arts – 2018
Keisha Hodge, a Claremont student, is the 2018 winner of the Dianne Cross Arts Award. Attending Claremont Secondary, allowed Keisha to focus in the Fine Arts, allowed her to take 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.“
She has been accepted to the University of British Columbia Bachelor of Arts Program for 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.