Thursday, May 16, 2019

AmadorArts: Three Graduating Seniors Each Win $1,000 Arts Scholarship

AmadorArts has released the names of the students who will receive the three $1,000 Arts Scholarships, announced at the recent Awards Night at both high schools. Daniel Howe from Argonaut High and Lucinda (aka LuLu) McBroom Briggs and Emily-Ann Hopkins from Amador High School have each been awarded $1,000 Artists Scholarships to further their studies in the arts.  AmadorArts was impressed by Howe’s skills in the visual arts, Briggs’ outstanding talents in the theatre arts, and Hopkins’ equally strong virtues in the theatre arts.

Daniel Howe of Jackson has been driven to trying every kind of medium of visual art since a very young age. He knows the basics such as figure drawing and perspective learned through art classes, but he also has followed YouTubers and self taught himself a variety of unique ways to create art. He’s headed to Union University in Tennessee to study graphic art and 3D modeling so that when he graduates, he’ll be at the professional level ready for a solid career. He credits his church family, community, and the local school system for supporting him “to make me the person I am today.”

Lulu McBroom Briggs of Pioneer gave the command performance at the Lenaea Theatre Festival this February, which means she performed her scene in front of the entire festival before the awards ceremony. Most recently, she was awarded one of the two 'Best Performance' awards for her performance as Peter Pan in Peter and the Starcatcher in Advanced Drama at Amador High. She’s been accepted into the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) Conservatory in Los Angeles, as well as the American Academy of Dramatic Arts which has campuses in New York and L.A.

Emily-Ann Hopkins of Ione was the Amador High Performing Arts Club Vice President, the Junior High Drama Program Coordinator, and the President of the Soroptimist Service Club. Hopkins won 2nd place in Female solo acting, and in duo acting in Advanced Drama. She received an Outstanding Performance award for her role as Black Stache and Smee in Peter and the Starcatcher and for the role of Roxy Hart in Chicago, both at Amador High Performing Arts. Next year Hopkins will be attending the Professional Training Program at Dell'Arte International: School of Physical Theatre. This year-long, professional program focuses on commedia dell’arte, a form of professional theatre that originated in 16th century Italy.

Both Briggs and Hopkins have served as Student Directors with Amador County Arts Council since June of 2017. Both young leaders were instrumental in the adoption of the Declaration for Equity in Arts Learning, adopted by Amador County Unified School District in January 2018.

For more information on how to apply for the 2020 Arts Scholarships and how to become a Student Director, contact your local high school or call AmadorArts at (209)256-8166.

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