honeyjones gap year adventure scholarship
Last year, in the spring of 2020, I set up a small scholarship award through our local Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, the aim of which was to help support graduating students who have the desire to pursue artistic plans outside of traditional formats. Last year, there were no applicants. This year, we have several ! and the recipient will be announced later in May.
Scholarship description is listed below.
Recipients receive a token amount of funds and an opportunity to show the fruits of their efforts at honeyjones gallery after their gap adventure has concluded.
$750 scholarship to be awarded to a graduating student of color who has decided to embark on a gap year to pursue artistic dreams. The student need not be affiliated with an official gap year program, but some evidence or plan in the form of a personal statement should be offered, if possible at this time. The token amount of money is intended to support the student in spirit and in solidarity and recognition of their dreams. Money can be applied to any needs relevant to artistic pursuits, in visual, performing, or written arts (uses might include application, audition or entry fees, supplies, lessons, mentorships, living costs and especially travel, when it becomes a viable option).
I would be especially inclined to support students with ideas that are nature-themed or inspired by the beauty of and respect for the natural world, or the convergence or contrast of the man-made world and the natural world, and also would support students who are not sure what they want to do but show initiative and desire for journaling and photography who would be interested in sharing their experiences and works at a later date. There is no contingency that the student must enter a college program after the gap year, but some evidence of a future plan should be also expressed in the student’s personal statement. This scholarship is offered under the name of my new art studio/gallery and is also very close to my heart and my own experiences and those of my children. I was raised in a family that did not have many resources, but did strive to be supportive, especially of a life in the arts and humanities. My own children have all taken gap years, had homeschooling experiences and many travel adventures that have offered a break from traditional settings, enhanced their perspective of natural and cultural worlds, and also helped foster respect for the balance of needs and understanding of inequities we experience in our society as individuals and groups. And in our current situation, nobody really knows what will be happening, except that the virtual world is becoming more commonplace. Students are having to commit to decisions which present a new array of uncertainties, more than the usual. I would think more students than ever might embrace gap year possibilities at this time. The recipient student is also invited to show a body of work, or a presentation of experiences at honeyjones gallery after their gap year adventure (or gap several months) comes to an end and they are ready to go to the next stage in continuous transitions toward emotional and social maturity and artistic and financial independence.