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    THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – On Monday, May 18, the Arts Council of Conejo Valley announced eight student winners of its annual Thousand Oaks Arts Festival Legacy Scholarship program to support local youth artists. The student winners received awards ranging from $500-$2,000 to be applied to their college or conservatory expenses. Eligible applicants included Conejo area high school seniors and college freshmen and sophomores. The Legacy Scholarship program offers cash awards toward college expenses for high school seniors in the visual and performing arts. Scholarship winners are notified of their awards in time to be applied to the 2020-2021 academic year.

    The visual arts scholarship recipients are Fiona Bonn (first place) currently attending Azusa Pacific University, Wilhelmina Schwind (second place) currently attending California State University at Northridge, Isabela Vella of Agoura High School (third place) who will attend the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, and Olivia Dapeer of Westlake High School (fourth place) who will be a student at ArtCenter College of Design.

    Performing Arts scholarship recipients are Rebecca Beerstein (first place) currently attending University of California at Los Angeles, Esther Kim of Westlake High School (second place) who has committed to Occidental College, Abigail Mohr of Agoura High School (third place) who will attend New York University, and Annija Teteris of Oaks Christian High School (fourth place) who will attend Manhattan School of Music.

    Although the annual reception for the winners has been postponed indefinitely due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions, information about this year’s winners and the scholarship program will be available on the Arts Council’s website, and on the ACCV Facebook page.  The program was able to expand to eight recipients from six in previous years due to very generous support from sponsors including the Westlake Village Art Guild, Thousand Oaks Arts Association, California Lutheran University, Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks, Logix Federal Credit Union and individual donors.

    Arts Council President Ed Smart commented on the awards that “it is privilege to partner with leaders both in our artistic community and the community at large to support and encourage future great artists from the Conejo area. We hope these awards will be an encouragement during these uncertain times.”  Artists and Arts Organizations should feel free to reach president, Ed Smart, with any questions at 805.358.3708 or [email protected].

    The Arts Council for the Conejo Valley (ACCV) was established in 1969.  During its over four decade span, the ACCV has gone through extensive changes in its programs and services.  Established as a regional Federation of Arts organization that was formed to promote the community’s cultural development, the ACCV has evolved into a membership support agency that also delivers and co-sponsors many cultural programs.  Member services include marketing, technical assistance workshops, and lowered rent at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts.  The ACCV has a history of successful partnership in the community.  It has joined forces and worked toward a common with three major partners – the City of Thousand Oaks, the Conejo Recreation and Park District, and the Conejo Valley Unified School District.  The ACCV, in collaboration with Art Trek, created the Conejo Cottontail Project to promote public art throughout the community.  

    The Hillcrest Galleria is currently closed to the public and will reopen when the current restrictions are lifted. 

    Rebecca Beerstein playing violin, 1st place performing arts
    Mismatched Soles by Wilhelmina Schwind, 2nd place visual arts
    Solipsism photograph by Isabela Vella, 3rd place visual arts


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