Scholarships in the arts
Submission Information

Requirements

**Please notice Audition dates for 2020 have changed! Auditons will now be on May 1 at ECA

  • Students must live in or attend school in one of the 24-designated Shoreline Arts Alliance towns. These are: Branford, Chester, Clinton, Cromwell, Deep River, Durham, East Haddam, East Hampton, East Haven, East Lyme, Essex, Guilford, Haddam, Killingworth, Lyme, Madison, Middlefield, Middletown, North Branford, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Portland, Salem, Westbrook and must be in 11th or 12th grade (or equivalent if homeschooled).

  • Winners and special recognition awardees must attend the Spring Showcase/Awards Ceremony rehearsal and performance. You will also be expected to write thank you notes to our sponsors and donors and to Shoreline Arts Alliance.

    • The Spring Showcase/Awards Ceremony will be held May 12, 2020 at Evergreen Woods, 80 Notch Hill Rd, North Branford. ​All winners and special recognition honorees are required to attend rehearsal and interviews starting at 4 pm.

 

Media Requirements

  • You may be asked to appear for a photo shoot and interview with the local press and other media.

  • You are asked to share this honor with your high school principal, faculty, guidance counselors, private teacher (s), outside programs that you are involved in – i.e. student orchestras, community theatre, choruses, etc.

  • You are asked to include this honor in high school graduation programs, college applications, published bios, and other promotions.

  • You are asked to keep in touch with Shoreline Arts Alliance and update us on your accomplishments in your chosen art discipline. We want to share your news with our sponsors, donors, and constituents.

  • Shoreline Arts Alliance will be announcing these awards to newspapers, state legislators, schools, and social media.

  • Video clips from auditions/performances/presentations will be uploaded to our website and other sites for marketing and publicity purposes.

Awards and Reception

  • Shoreline Arts Alliance will host a Spring Showcase/Awards Reception May 12, 2020 at Evergreen Woods in North Branford, CT where  winners and special recognition honorees will receive their awards and meet their mentors.

  • Family, friends and the general public are invited to attend the ceremony and celebrate your talent.  ​​


 

Audition/Portfolio Review Dates & Info

Creative Writing Portfolio

 

Students applying for Creative Writing must submit portfolios by the application deadline. Portfolios must be postmarked or uploaded by midnight of the application deadline. Judges will provide a written critique to Shoreline Arts Alliance which will then be emailed to the student. 

 

Portfolio should include a body of work of 6 – 10 pages that demonstrates a high level of achievement based on originality, technical skill, and personal voice. Independent work is highly regarded by the judges; each applicant is strongly encouraged to submit work that best reflects his/her individual creative writing gifts. This work may spring from creative writing classes and workshops, magnet programs, summer creative writing programs, and other extra-curricular writing courses. Entries may include poetry, short stories, personal essays, short one-act plays or screenplays, or excerpts from longer works, in any combination that falls within the 6 to 10 page limit. All submissions must be typed and double-spaced with 1-inch margins. No teacher markings (i.e. edits, corrections, comments, grade, etc.) may be visible in the submission. In person interviews will be held May 1 from 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm at ACES Educational Center for the Arts New Haven.

 

Dance Auditions 

 

Dancers should come prepared to learn and perform an audition phrase and to perform an additional piece in a technique of choice. The piece may be self-choreographed. All dance applicants will be scheduled to arrive at the same time and should be prepared to spend 3 hours at the audition. Dancers should present in proper dance attire and footwear and also bring a device that can connect to Bluetooth with music for performance. Sweatpants are not permitted.  Auditions will be held May 1 from 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm at ACES Educational Center for the Arts New Haven.

Music Auditions

 

Instrumental Music

Instrumentalists should prepare two short contrasting pieces to perform. They may be of the same time period as long as the styles contrast. Pieces must be memorized. It is required that you come to your audition with an accompanist (unless you are auditioning in piano or have made other arrangements with Shoreline Arts Alliance). If you do not have an accompanist, contact Shoreline Arts Alliance for a list of accompanists. Music selections should be from the standards in your instrument. No original compositions may be performed. Combined selections must be no more than 7 minutes.  Auditions will be held May 1 from 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm at ACES Educational Center for the Arts New Haven.

Vocal Music

Singers should prepare two short contrasting pieces to perform. Pieces must be memorized. It is required that you come to your audition with an accompanist. If you do not have an accompanist, contact the Shoreline Arts Alliance for a list of accompanists. Music selections should be from standards in the genres in which you are auditioning. No original compositions may be performed. Each selection should be no more than 21⁄2 - 3 minutes in length.  Auditions will be held May 1 from 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm at ACES Educational Center for the Arts New Haven.

 
 

Theater Auditions

 

Theater

Actors should prepare two contrasting monologues to perform - one contemporary monologue and one traditional monologue. Each piece should be no longer than 21⁄2 - 3 minutes in length and memorized.  Auditions will be held May 1 from 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm at ACES Educational Center for the Arts New Haven.

Musical Theatre

Actors should prepare two contrasting monologues to perform - one contemporary monologue and one traditional monologue plus a theatrical presentation of one song - uptempo or ballad. Songs should be no longer than 3 minutes. It is strongly recommended that you have an accompanist (but not mandatory).  Auditions will be held May 1 from 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm at ACES Educational Center for the Arts New Haven.

 

Visual Arts Portfolio Review

 

All forms of visual art are encouraged to apply (i.e. ceramics, photography, painting, drawing, illustration, sculpture, etc). Portfolios must contain 3 – 5 original pieces representing a strong body of work. Work from direct observation is strongly recommended. Paintings and drawings copied from published works or photographs taken by anyone but the submitting artist will not be accepted. If work is copied from a photo taken by the artist the photo must accompany the submitted piece. Artwork must be finished pieces and completed within the last year. 3-D work must safely stand with all parts secured. Videography is also accepted. Students must deliver portfolios to  ACES Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven May 1 from 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm.  If you are unable to make the date and time of the review, someone else may drop off and pick up your work, or you may deliver your portfolio to Shoreline Arts Alliance office prior to the portfolio review. Visual Arts applicants may request a portfolio critique with one of the judges when you drop off your portfolio. Critiques will take place when work is picked up. Critiques will only be offered to the student applicant, not to the designated drop-off/pick up person. 

 

The Jeffrey Dobbs scholarship for excellence in painting

 

Portfolios must contain 3 – 5 original pieces representing a strong body of work. As paint was Jeff’s medium of choice, eligible works must utilize paint as the primary focus of the piece. However, unique processes and unconventional works will be both accepted and encouraged.Paintings copied from published works or photographs taken by anyone but the submitting artist will not be accepted. If work is copied from a photo taken by the artist the photo must accompany the submitted piece. Artwork must be finished pieces and completed within the last year. 3-D work must safely stand and all parts secured. Students applying in Visual Arts must deliver portfolios to  ACES Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven May 1 from 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm.  If you are unable to make the date and time of the review, someone else may drop off and pick up your work, or you may deliver your portfolio to Shoreline Arts Alliance office prior to the portfolio review. Visual Arts applicants may request a portfolio critique with one of the judges when you drop off your portfolio. Critiques will take place when work is picked up. Critiques will only be offered to the student applicant, not to the designated drop-off/pick up person. 

 
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