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Stars 4 Douglas County awards $6,000 in art scholarships, grants

CASTLE ROCK - Stars 4 Douglas County, a non-profit organization dedicated to the support of visual arts in public education for Douglas County youth, and thus expanding the visual arts in our community, announced it has awarded $6,000 worth of scholarships and grants to students, teachers, and local area schools.
The funds, which were divided evenly, were the result of the organization’s first annual benefit Masquerade Gala held in December 2012.  In total, three high school seniors, three art teachers, and two schools received funding which will allow them to respectively pursue college educations, purchase additional classroom supplies, and expand art related programming in the school.
Stars 4 Douglas County Founder and Executive Director Julie Holladay said, “We couldn’t be more pleased to make these awards.  The grant applications were very compelling and well thought out. The jurors had an especially difficult time deciding on the student scholarship winners, which were very dynamic.  For those teachers and schools who weren’t awarded a grant this year, we heartily encourage you to apply next year.  This was our first year and we expect to be able to make more awards in our upcoming season. Special thanks to those community members, that donated their time to be on the 2013 Star Selection Committee”.  
A former art professor from Adams State College was a juror on the Selection Committee and says, “I was really impressed with what the teachers needed the funding for. It is rewarding to see innovative programs that encourage our young people. I was overwhelmed to see the quality of artwork from students who applied for scholarships, Douglas County has some very talented students and this program just enhances my vision of the community”.
Students, who are all graduating seniors, receiving scholarships were: Caroline Ray (Douglas County High School), Jenna McMullins (Castle View High School) and Rebecca Houser (Douglas County High School).  Each student will receive $1,000 to be used directly at the college of their choice. 
The three teachers, Kim DArthenay, Pamela Cogburn and Dianne Boice, will each receive $1,000 toward their visual art program.  Two of the three teachers requested funds for I Pads to be used in the classroom allowing the students to conduct research, create academic portfolio, innovative art projects and more. One asked for funding titled “The Legacy Project” to purchase furniture that would be repurposed, turned into a graduating class gift to the school, and an art installation for the front of the school, Flagstone Elementary.
The two winning schools, known as “Star Select Schools”, were Coyote Creek Elementary and Douglas County High School and will receive 25% of the 2013 gala proceeds towards their visual art programs.  
This year’s gala will take place at Cielo in Castle Pines in November.  Sponsors or individuals wishing to learn more about the upcoming fundraiser or the Stars 4 Douglas County organization are encouraged to visit
April 27, 2013 | By Anonymous | Category: Communications

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