High School Scholarships

Summerfair Cincinnati's Executive Board, as part of its goal to expand the organization's impact on the local arts community's art education outreach initiatives (and to further support our mission of supporting and promoting young artists and the arts in Greater Cincinnati through scholarships, awards and exhibitions), has expanded its support role in partnership with the Cincinnati Arts Association (CAA) through it's annual Overture Awards program. The annual support of $4,000 (for the next three years) will provide the CAA the funding for the entire VISUAL ARTS segment of the Overture Awards program.

The press release announcing this new initiative follows:

The Overture Awards' Summerfair Cincinnati Visual Arts Scholarship


The Cincinnati Arts Association (CAA) is pleased to announce that Summerfair Cincinnati has expanded its partnership with CAA to sponsor the entire visual art discipline of The Overture Awards. The scholarships associated with the visual art category of the competition will now be known as The Overture Awards Summerfair Cincinnati Visual Arts Scholarships.

The Overture Awards is the largest scholarship competition for high school students in the country. Last year more 500 students from a thirteen county region of the Tri-state competed for $24,000 in scholarships in six artistic disciplines – Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Dance, Drama, Creative Writing and Visual Art. The Oveture Awards have achieved such a strong reputation with college admission officers that success in the competition is considered a noteworthy accomplishment.

“We are truly excited about Summerfair Cincinnati’s sponsorship of the visual arts scholarships,” said Steve Finn, CAA Director of Education and Community Relations. “Summerfair has been very supportive of our Overture Awards programs, and we look forward to exploring other ways we can work together to expand arts education opportunities in the Tri-state.”

Summerfair Cincinnati which presents its primary fundraiser – the annual Summerfair Fine Art and Craft Fair – at Coney Island, is committed to supporting the development of young and emerging artists from our region, and sponsors an annual Emerging Artists exhibition featuring selected works by five area University schools of art Juniors and Seniors.  In addition, Summerfair Cincinnati has been actively involved in supporting the regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Competition, which recognizes outstanding art work at the high school level.

“The Overture Awards was a natural expansion of our support for the arts in this area,” said Sharon Strubbe, Executive Director of Summerfair Cincinnati. “It is an outstanding program and fits with our goal of developing and encouraging the next generation of artists. We are delighted to be working with the Cincinnati Arts Association to continue the success of this program.”

The 2012 Overture Awards competition will occur in January. The registration deadline is November 15. Interested students should contact their school guidance counselor or Overture Program Coordinator, Carolyn Phillips, at (513) 977-4163.

For more information about The Overture awards, visit http://www.cincinnatiarts.org/overture_competition