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Four HS Art Students Receive NYS Arts Scholarships

Four HS art students were given NYS Council of the Arts art scholarships to attend the Rochester Folk Art Guild’s annual Craft Weekend.  The Craft Weekend usually hosts close to fifty amateur to professional artists from ages 21+ for a weekend in July on a 20-acre farm in Middlesex, NY.  Artists choose from specialized workshops in pottery, printmaking, songwriting, film making, and poetry to explore and create artworks alongside other artists all weekend.  The weekend culminates on Sunday with a final showcase where individuals present their work to each other.

This year, the Rochester Folk Art Guild applied to the NYS Council of the Arts for scholarship money to host five students from underserved communities.  Four students from South Seneca HS were chosen to receive these scholarships and attend the weekend.  Students will travel to Middlesex on Thursday night to enjoy a banquet and meet the other artists with whom they will be working.  Then from Friday-Sunday, they will travel daily to create alongside adults in specialized workshops of their choosing. Kylie Cornish (pottery), Amelia Helfman (film making), Faith Kashella (songwriting), and Clayton Pollack (woodturning) are excited about this experience.  Colleen Runner, board member and artist of the Rochester Folk Art Guild, stated “I’m happy to see that these students have shown sincere interest in the arts.  I’m sure they will love this opportunity and gain so much.  Our hope is that this program will be successful enough that we can apply annually for more scholarships for more students.”