Kalamazoo, Mich. – Next month, the state’s best young artists and teachers will be in Kalamazoo.
Nearly 1,000 high school student-artists will be named Michigan Youth Arts Distinguished Scholars and participate in the 51st Annual Michigan Youth Arts Festival May 9-11, 2013. Twelve arts educators also will be honored for their dedication to the arts.
Chosen from more than 250,000 high school students across the state, The Michigan Youth Arts Distinguished Scholars are selected based on artistic merit within the following disciplines: creative writing, dance, instrumental music, media arts, music composition, Poetry Out Loud, theatre, visual arts, vocal music and VSA Michigan. Nearly 1,000 high school students are selected and given the opportunity to participate at The Michigan Youth Arts Festival (MYAF), where their creative talents and abilities are showcased in 16 performances and exhibitions May 9-11, 2013 on the campus of Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.
“From music concerts, to visual arts exhibits, to theatrical performances and dance showcases, we are overwhelmed by the extraordinary talent demonstrated by the Michigan Youth Arts Distinguished Scholars,” said Candy Nguyen Smirnow, Executive Director of Michigan Youth Arts Association.
“It is amazing to see such dedication and artistry both on-stage and behind the scenes during the countless hours of rehearsals and master classes that the students partake in as part of their Festival experience,” she continued.
Michigan Youth Arts is continuing another festival tradition by honoring 12 Michigan arts educators with Touchstone Awards presented by Meemic Insurance Company. The arts educators are celebrated for exemplifying best-practices in arts education, including advocacy for arts programs, dedication to bringing out the very best in their students and continued commitment to artistic excellence.
“The dedication of Michigan’s best arts educators is worthy of celebrating in a statewide forum,” said The Meemic Foundation for the Future of Education spokesperson, Pamela
Harlin. “The Touchstone awardees endow our students with a strong work ethic and a capacity for innovation that is vital to Michigan’s future.”
About Michigan Youth Arts:
Michigan Youth Arts is an alliance of statewide organizations that develop, recognize and advocate excellence in arts education for all. Programming consists of statewide arts education programs, advocacy, grantmaking, and the Michigan Youth Arts Festival.
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