Summer Arts Scholarships Announced

The Talbot County Arts Council (TCAC) has announced its program of 20 summer arts scholarships for Talbot County residents now enrolled in the 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grades. The program provides grants for advanced art studies during summer 2020 to students with outstanding artistic promise. It is named in honor of the late Willard A. Lockwood, longtime president of the Arts Council, under whose guidance it was developed.

There is no specific dollar limit to individual grant requests, but the amount asked of the Arts Council must be matched dollar-for-dollar by funds from other sources. For example, if a program costs $1,000, no more than $500 may be requested from the Arts Council. Funds available for summer arts scholarships this year are provided by grants from Talbot County and the Towns of Easton, Oxford, and St. Michaels.

Programs that qualify in the visual, musical, performing or literary arts include summer art camps, music camps and writing workshops, as well as other group or private programs or lessons in art, music and writing. Contact the Arts Council with questions on program eligibility.

“We are very committed to supporting the artistic development of our gifted and talented young adults here in Talbot County,” according to Joan Levy, Executive Director of the Arts Council. “The Summer Arts Scholarship program is extremely important as it provides our high school students with the opportunity to stretch the existing boundaries of their talents and skills. While we are very fortunate to have dedicated and committed arts educators and instructors here in Talbot County, these scholarships offer students exposure to other experts and additional training. Students who have participated in the past have described their summer experience as rewarding and inspiring.”

Applications must be submitted electronically to the Arts Council by April 30 and selection decisions will be announced in late May. Scholarships are talent-based, not need-based, so no family financial information is required. However, a letter may be included from parent or guardian indicating any special considerations. Applications must be co-signed by student and parent or guardian. Include one supporting letter from an arts educator familiar with the candidate’s artistic history, ability and potential. Also include an example of the student’s work in electronic form.

For further information on the scholarship program, including application materials, contact Joan Levy, Executive Director, Talbot County Arts Council, P.O. Box 6, Easton, Maryland 21601, 410-245-5195 or

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