Victoria School Foundation for the Arts

To dream the possible dream . . . that’s the Foundation’s vision for all talented Victoria students. To achieve this end the Victoria School Foundation for the Arts was launched with a dream to ensure that no student is denied the opportunity to achieve his or her artistic dreams. The Foundation now has a $2 million endowment fund.

The Victoria School Foundation was pleased to offer $68,000 in awards and scholarships to 21 students and 1 teacher this year.

The Foundation also provided master classes for over 800 students during the year. Instructors included Canada`s modern dance icon, Peggy Baker, Choral Director Kim Denis and Theatre director Scott Swan, whose work with the senior acting students culminated with the highly engaging production, Fractured (which will be produced again at the Fringe at Holy Trinity BYOV in August).

The 2016-17 Master Class instructors will include a theatre artist from England, who will come to work with Victoria students right after sending out the first American tour of A Curious Incident of the Dog at Nighttime, a Musical conductor and a choreographer from the United States.

 Each year the Foundation contributes $5000 towards the school’s musical theatre production and provides $20,000 towards theatre and other equipment. 

 In May, the Foundation again partnered with Players de Novo for the annual legal community play. The other partner for 2016 was Freewill Players. The Foundation greatly appreciates this partnership which raised $40,585.00 for the Foundation. To date the Foundation has provided 291 awards and scholarships of a total value of $741,500. As the Foundation’s administrative expenses are negligible, almost all of the Foundation’s income is available for assisting students and purchasing theatre equipment.

The Foundation’s endowment funds are presently worth around $2.5 million. The Board is going to consider a proposal in September to increase each of the scholarships and to award a larger sum for summer school study as well as increase funding for master classes

A number of named scholarships have been endowed by our donors or in recognition of staff or other supporters of the school. They areas follows:

  • Barbara Poole Scholarship - $7000
  • Vera Gottschlich scholarship-$6500+ preference given to the study of classical piano
  • Landmark Homes scholarship- $6000
  • Trussler/Price scholarship - $5500
  • Players de Novo - $5000
  • Arthur Hiller scholarship- $ 4500
  • Bob Maskell scholarship- $4000
  • Hole Family scholarship-$4000
  • Stollery Family Scholarship- $3500
  • Foundation Scholarship (to recognize all of our donors over the years) - $3000
  • Dianne and Irv Kipnes Scholarship- $2500 preference given to the study of classical voice or piano
  • Vera Gottschlich - $2500
  • Canadian Western Bank Scholarship - $2000
  • Brookfield Residential Scholarship - $2000 art or new media
  • Judy Sills Scholarship - $2000 music
  • Steve Ashworth Scholarship - $2000 film or video
  • Loic Cremer Scholarship for Creative Writing - $2000
  • Scotia Bank Summer School Award - $1000
  • Jacqui and Don Smith Summer School Awards - $2000

In addition there are a number of awards for students to pursue summer school programs. The top award is the Scotiabank award of $1000.
As well, the Foundation provides the Dreams Alive master classes each year to help students develop their artistic talent. Established artists from North America are invited to share their talents with carefully chosen students whom it is felt will benefit from this enrichment.

The Foundation also raises funds in a partnership with the legal community deNovo Players to make improvements in arts equipment in the school, particularly the theatre.

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