Tampa, Fla. (May 7, 2018) – Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture & the Arts (TBBCA) is proud to announce successful fundraising from the private sector in support of the 2018 Charlie Hounchell Art Stars Scholarships. This TBBCA program is named in honor of TBBCA Past President, the late Charlie Hounchell, who was the program’s founder and champion. In just 10 years, TBBCA has awarded valuable financial tuition assistance for higher education in the arts to over 60 Tampa Bay area students, the majority from public schools.
The 2018 winners of TBBCA Charlie Hounchell Art Stars Scholarships are: Theatre –Noa Friedman, 12th grade, Howard W. Blake High School; Literary Arts – Jaimar Alvarez, 12thgrade, Howard W. Blake High School Dance – Samantha Frost, 12th grade, Howard W. Blake High School; Instrumental Music – David Mason, 12th grade, Pinellas County Center for the Arts, Gibbs High School; Vocal Music –Taylor Aronson, 12th grade, Pinellas County Center for the Arts, Gibbs High School; Visual Arts – James Pursley, 11th grade, Keystone Prep High School.
This year’s high school winners, some of the most promising and talented young artists and performers in the Tampa Bay area, were selected on the basis of talent and merit by a distinguished panel of judges who are professionals and experts in their fields. The 2018 panel of judges are: Theatre – Eugenie Bondurant, singer, television and film actor and instructor; Literary Arts – Lisa Unger, award-winning New York Times and internationally best-selling author; Dance – Helen Hansen French; Juilliard graduate, choreographer/dancer, and founder of dance collectives; Instrumental Music –Paul Wilborn, Director of The Palladium, band leader and instrumentalist; Vocal Music – Dawne Eubanks, classical soloist and voice instructor at Eckerd College and Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School; and Visual Arts –Joanna Robotham, Curator for Modern and Contemporary Art, Tampa Museum of Art.
The scholarship recipients will be introduced by the judges and will showcase their talents at The Charlie Hounchell Art Stars Scholarships Awards Ceremony on Thursday, May 17th at 6 PM under the patronage of Mrs. Carolyn Wilson, The Wilson Co. at The Vault, 611 N. Franklin Street, who will also offer complimentary reception and valet parking. The public is invited by RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture & the Arts is a nonprofit 501 (c ) (3), founded in 1989, one of 11 national Business Committees for the Arts, part of the private sector network and national pARTnership Movement of Americans for the Arts. TBBCA is an umbrella organization that unites businesses and individuals across the greater Tampa Bay area to champion arts education, arts and culture for a prosperous community based on the philosophy that “the arts are good for business and business is good for the arts”. TBBCA’s innovative and robust programs provide support and funding and connect businesses with arts and cultural organizations and individual artists. TBBCA programs are made possible by our pARTners, including Chair’s Circle: Premier Eye Care, Stephen Gay/Gay & Associates Realtors, Linda, Hieronymous Foundation, The Wilson Company, Greenberg Traurig, Beaux Arts Group, Strategic Property Partners, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, ChappellRoberts, Tampa Bay Magazine, Tampa Bay Times, Playbook Public Relations, Cox Media Group, B2 Communications, Alex McKnight, and many others. TBBCA welcomes voluntary donations in support of The Charlie Hounchell Art Stars Scholarships online at www.tbbca.org or contact TBBCA 813-221-2787.