For a second year, the Hopewell Valley Arts Council has awarded scholarships to four outstanding graduating seniors of Hopewell Valley Central High School. At a reception for this year’s winners and their parents, Arts Council President Randee Tengi highlighted that the scholarships are granted to outstanding Hopewell Valley students in recognition for their creative accomplishments and ambitions. The Arts Council started the scholarship program in 2015 during the organization’s very first year of operation, reflecting the Council’s deep commitment to support youth arts education and the role art and creativity play in an enriched life.
Arts Council Program Director Carol Lipson added, “We are so proud of the young artists of Hopewell Valley. Their performances and exhibits and sharing of their talents are part of what makes Hopewell Valley an art-rich community. Recognizing young artists with these scholarships is one of the most awesome things we do!”
This year’s recipients are:
- Reinah Bauer, who will continue her involvement with instrumental music and voice performance in the Rutgers University Honors Program;
- Danielle Costanzo, who will study performing arts at Muhlenberg College;
- Michaela Pietrinferno who will study technical theater at Savannah College of Art and Design; and
- Demi Zhang, who will continue her development as a visual artist at Rutgers University.
Each winner received a $500 scholarship from the Arts Council.
The Hopewell Valley Arts Council is a nonprofit organization dedicated to celebrating “art in the everyday” throughout the Hopewell Valley region of New Jersey, including Hopewell Township, Titusville, Hopewell Borough and Pennington Borough. Now in its second year of operation, the Arts Council has blossomed as an art-focused partner for many community institutions and events. Already in the first half of 2016, the Council has brought art activities, performances and exhibits to Capital Health Medical Center—Hopewell; the Pennington Public Library; the Mount Rose Preserve Open House; Pennington Day; Pennington Borough’s Memorial Day Festivities; the Hopewell Valley Come Outside and Play Initiative; and Hopewell Borough’s 125th Anniversary Celebrations. Through its efforts to cultivate art appreciation and participation, the Arts Council aims to nurture a vibrant, creative and engaged community. The organization grew out of the 2014 Hopewell Stampede, a project initiated by a passionate group of art-loving residents who enlisted local artists to decorate more than 70 oversized, fiberglass oxen. The oxen were displayed throughout the community.