Elizabeth Anne Carlson Performing Arts Foundation
Elizabeth Anne Carlson's (April 25th, 1978 - May 22nd, 2002) young life was tragically lost in a senseless act of domestic violence. A true performer, Elizabeth's personality exploded on stage. She loved the theatre and aspired to be a professional dancer. In her memory, to carry her dreams forward through the talent of others, we have established the E.A.C. Performing Arts Foundation
West Hartford Art League
We were founded in 1934 and we're still here - 85 years later, teaching classes, holding exhibits and making art accessible to all. While we're proud of our long history, we're also excited about our future, and what we still have to accomplish.We encourage young artists, and donate gallery space annually to the West Hartford Public School System for ArtBeat, an exhibition of artwork of students in kindergarten through 12th grade. We offer two partial college scholarships every spring to graduating seniors in the region going on to an accredited art school or University to study art. We are also committed to supporting our community.
Congressional Art Competition
Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated. Students submit entries to their representative’s office, and panels of district artists select the winning entries. Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC. The winning works are displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol.
Musical Club of Hartford Inc
The Musical Club of Hartford, Inc. is a 129-year-old organization whose primary goal is to nurture the Musical Arts and promote excellence in music, both among seasoned music lovers as well as the younger generations. The Musical Club makes music more readily available to people of all ages and social backgrounds in our community.
Edward Mitchell Memorial Scholarship
The Edward E Mitchell Memorial Scholarship is awarded to deserving Hartford-area male high school students who have demonstrated an interest in the fine arts (eg. Theater, music, art) and have a strong academic performance. The amount of the award is $1,500 per recipient and the number of recipients may vary each year based on the number applicants and the scholarship funding balance at the opening of that year’s application process.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Oratorical Contest
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratorical Contest is offered to students of the Greater Hartford area schools. Students are encouraged to create an original speech based on a theme provided by the Foundation. Students are also provided with one-on-one coaching by an assigned mentor from the Foundation’s Speaker Bureau who will help participants strengthen their speeches and hone their speaking skills. Separate awards for middle and high school finalists who will compete. Each group (middle and high school) will have scholarship opportunities ranging from $200.00 – $750.00 in book scholarships.