A group of ten gifted high school students from across Brooklyn have been chosen as this year’s recipients of Brooklyn Community Foundation’s Peter Jay Sharp Youth Arts Fellowship.
Four of the winners are musicians – including a clarinetist, violinist, vocalist and rock musician -- and three are dancers. The group also includes one writer, one visual artist, and one filmmaker/actor.
Each fellow is affiliated with a local arts group, including Brighton Ballet, Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls, Groundswell Mural Project, Noel Pointer Foundation, and Girls Write Now. The organizations will receive $2,500 to support scholarships.
Over the school year, fellows will participate in one-of-kind experiences at Brooklyn’s world-renowned institutions -- going behind-the-scenes to meet with performers and curators, attend performances, and receive expert advice on careers in the arts.
Brooklyn Community Foundation President Marilyn Gelber said that the fellowship program was designed to ensure that young people growing up in Brooklyn would have “every opportunity to realize their creative dreams and connect with all the incredible professional artists and cultural resources Brooklyn has to offer.”
On September 28th the fellows visited the Brooklyn Academy of Music to see the new collaboration between jazz composer Wynton Marsalis and the Garth Fagan Dance Company, “Lighthouse/Lightning Rod,” part of the BAM Next Wave Festival. Prior to the performance, they enjoyed a private movement class at BAM Fisher.
In November, fellows will head to Williamsburg to meet with choreographer Elizabeth Streb and participate in a S.L.A.M. (the STREB Lab for Action Mechanics) class and see a performance.
The 2012-13 Peter Jay Sharp Youth Arts Fellows were selected from competitive nominations submitted by Brooklyn arts and cultural organizations. This is the second year of the program.
The Fellowship, seeded by a $75,000 gift from the Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, is administered through the Brooklyn Community Foundation’s Arts for All Fund.
Peter Jay Sharp Youth Arts Fellows, 2012-2013
Mercy Carpenter of Bedford Stuyvesant
Musician representing Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls
Essex Street Academy, Grade 10
Kristasiah (Krissy) Daniels of Crown Heights
Writer representing Girls Write Now
Brooklyn School for Music and Theatre, Grade 11
Fabio Gomez of East New York
Visual Artist representing Groundswell Community Mural Project
Urban Assembly High School for Music & Art, Grade 11
Theodore Perevalov of Midwood
Dancer representing Brighton Ballet Theater
LaGuardia High School, Grade 12
Nelson Perez of Sheepshead Bay
Clarinetist representing Brooklyn Conservatory of Music
Brooklyn Technical High School, Grade 10
Faith Robinson of Bedford Stuyvesant
Filmmaker and Actor representing Reel Works Teen Filmmaking
Brooklyn Preparatory High School, Grade 12
Tabia Smith of East New York
Violinist representing The Noel Pointer Foundation
Brooklyn High School of the Arts, Grade 9
Shelise Taylor of Crown Heights/Bedford-Stuyvesant
Dancer representing Dancewave
Brooklyn Community Arts & Media High School, Grade 10
Kasiem Aboti Walters of East Flatbush
Dancer representing Creative Outlet Dance Theater of Brooklyn
Manhattan Business Academy, Grade 12
Rahiem Williams of East Flatbush
Musician representing Brooklyn Youth Chorus
Professional Performing Arts School, Grade 10
Above: Brooklyn Community Foundation Senior Program Officer Stuart Post outside the BAM Peter Jay Sharp Building in Fort Greene with the 2012-13 Peter Jay Sharp Fellows. From left: Rahiem Williams, Krissy Daniels, Mercy Carpenter, Shelise Taylor, Faith Robinson, Fabio Gomez, Kasiem Walters, Theo Perevalov, Tabia Smith, and Nelson Perez. Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Community Foundation