We are entering the thirdÂ year of ourÂ IA Scholarship Program! It all beganÂ in 2014 withÂ scholarships for two students and funding for an Art Teacher in Mathare Valley, Kenya in partnership withÂ Mathare Community OutreachÂ (MCO). In 2015 we added one scholarship student from Hope Academy in S. Minneapolis, and one student from Santo Domingo, D.R. in partnership with Kristin and Joselo Santana and Mundo de Fe. (Scholarship recipients pictured above: Top L-R Henry Aol, Winnie Otieno (MCO), middle L-R Philister Miruka (MCO), Stephanie Aquino (Hope), bottom – Adriel Santos (D.R.). Meet the students HERE. This year our goal is to double the number of scholarship recipients to ten! Most of this funding we hope will come from our annual Scholarship Dinner and Silent Auction on March 11th, 2016. If you would like to participate in the scholarship fund click here to donateÂ and specify “scholarships” in the memo section of your donation.
The mission of Inverted Arts is to empower disadvantaged youth by helping them discover and unleash their creative voices. The purpose of the IA Scholarship FundÂ is to invest in the artistic and academicÂ development of former students and interns with the hope that scholarshipÂ students will return to their communities and invest in the creative potential of the younger students there.
2016 Scholarship Program Goal:
Mathare Valley, KenyaÂ withÂ MCO
5 students – $1,000/year each for up to four years
1 Art Teacher Salary Support – $3,000/year on-going
Santo Domingo, DRÂ withÂ Kristin and Joselo Wolford and Mundo De Fe
2 students – $1,000/year each for up to four years
Minneapolis, MNÂ withÂ Hope Academy
2 student – $2,500/year each for up to four years
Total IA Commitment $15,000/year
Student graduates with a High School diploma from partner institution (or other local high school) withÂ a minimum grade level requirement.
Student enrolls in an accredited college for 2-4 year program
Priority given to students pursuing the arts as a major or minor
After an open application and essay process,Â award recipient is selected by partner committee and approved by IA. Program and funds are administered by IA and partner organization staff.
Student maintains enrollment and minimum grade level requirements
Student serves as Artist Mentor assistant at annual Art Camp or Art Exploration program
Student completes progress update two times per year.