Nine early-career artists have been named 2016 fellows by the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing and Visual Arts, which awards $50,000 a year for up to two years to talented young artists to broaden their skills and make a breakthrough in their industry.
Fellowships totaling $450,000 were awarded in 2016 to violinist Robyn Bollinger; bass-baritone Brandon Cedel; actors Jeremie Harris, Miriam Hyman and David Pegram; cellist and conductor Nico Olarte-Hayes; visual artist Nyugen Smith; ballet dancer Devon Teuscher; and musician and musicologist Daniel Walden.
In addition, the Leonore Annenberg School Fund for Children, which provides educational resources to underfunded schools in urban and rural communities, has selected 10 public elementary schools in Florida, New York, and Tennessee to receive grants averaging $50,000. In total, the School Fund's 2016 grants amount to nearly $500,000 for resources such as art and music programs; computers, books, and educational software; science and STEM labs, and a mini-greenhouse. The schools were chosen in consultation with regional, nonprofit partner organizations from the three states.
For more information on this year’s arts fellows, read the arts fellows release, and for more about the schools selected this year, read the school news release.