For 52 years, the Walworth County Arts Council has been supporting access to the arts for county citizens of all ages.

A primary mission of the Council is to provide educational opportunities in the arts. Each year it offers competitive $1,000 scholarships in the areas of visual arts, music, dance and theater to graduating Walworth County high school seniors who are planning careers in those areas.

The Arts Council recently awarded $1,000 scholarships to the following local high school seniors:

  • Zane Gallagher from Badger High School received WCAC’s theater scholarship. He will be attending University of Wisconsin–Whitewater at Rock County and UW-La Crosse majoring in secondary education in both theater and chemistry. This degree will enable Gallagher to reach his career goals in theater and education;
  • Nell Ritchey from Big Foot High School was selected as the council’s dance scholarship recipient. Ritchey will be attending Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana and is enrolled in the Bachelor of Fine Arts Dance program. A degree in dance from a major Big-10 university will enable Ritchey to reach her career goals of performing in a major dance company and creating dance through choreography;
  • WCAC’s visual art scholarship recipient, Saige Heelein, from Burlington High School (but a Walworth County resident,) will be attending Bradley University majoring in User Experience Design with a minor in Graphic Design and Studio Art. This degree will enable Saige to reach her career goals in visual arts.

“We congratulate these high school seniors as they enter the world of artistry in the creative and education sectors,” the arts council stated in the announcement. Conductor and composer

The council shared the following quote from Leonard Bernstein: ‘It’s the artists of the world, the feelers and thinkers, who will ultimately save us; who can articulate, educate, defy, insist, sing and shout about the big dreams.’

“We support Zane, Nell and Saige as they enter the world of the arts seeking to achieve the big dreams,” the council stated.



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