The Arts Council of the Eastern Shore

The Arts Council of the Eastern Shore (ACES) is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to the cultural enrichment of the people of Accomack and Northampton Counties, Eastern Shore of Virginia.

2015 ACES Scholarship Winners

ACES Awarded 6 Scholarships to Eastern Shore Arts Students

Back Row:  Scholarship recipients left to right:  Dallas Simms (University of Virginia – Media Studies/Art); Cody Simms (University of Virginia - Architecture); Rebecca Bailey (Old Dominion University – Theatre/Dance); Jeremy Lawrence (William & Mary – Theatre).  Recipients unable to attend:  Elizabeth Pruitt (Old Dominion University – Art Education) and John Wagner (Virginia Commonwealth University – Kinetic Imaging).  

Front row:  ACES Scholarship Committee members:  Randy Stuart, Dr. Dawn Goldstine, Jim Goldstine and Michelle Wagner.

The Arts Council of the Eastern Shore (ACES) presented scholarships on Sunday, June 7 at Ker Place in Onancock, to six students who have chosen to study an arts-related field in college.  They were joined at the reception by their families, friends, the ACES Board of Directors and the Scholarship Committee.  Each recipient shared examples of their recent projects and their future plans with those in attendance.  The ACES scholarships are designed to encourage local talented youth to pursue careers in the arts.

Dallas Simms, a 2013 graduate of Broadwater Academy, is attending the University of Virginia and studying media arts.  Dallas served as an intern at the Light House Studio, teaching middle and high school students basic techniques of filmmaking.  He is the Social Media Manager for UVA’s newspaper, The Cavalier Daily, handling the Facebook and Twitter accounts.  He is engaged in several entrepreneurial art projects, including selling bracelet cuffs hand crafted from recycled belts.  He and his brother call their business “Enjoy the Journey.”

Cody Simms, a 2013 graduate of Broadwater Academy, is studying architecture at the University of Virginia.  He serves on the Architecture School Tour Guide and Panel Committee and is the Graphic Designer for The Cavalier Daily.  Cody presented his Architecture Foundation Studio II project, a multi-functional Arts Center for downtown Lynchburg.  He is co-founder of “Enjoy the Journey” and has developed several enterprises to produce new artistic forms from recycled items.

Rebecca Bailey, the recipient of the Betty Ross Memorial Scholarship.  Rebecca is a recent graduate of Northampton High School and will attend Old Dominion University where she plans to study theatre and dance.  She finds her inspiration in dance and has studied at ESO Arts Center, IM Dance Academy, was accepted into the Mara Ifju Dance Company and participated in master classes with companies such as American Ballet Theatre and Alvin Ailey.   

Jeremy Lawrence, a 2013 graduate of Nandua High School, is attending William & Mary where he is studying theatre arts.  He has performed in multiple North Street Playhouse productions, had an internship at the Peterborough Playhouse in New Hampshire and has performed in productions at William & Mary, including Henry IV Part I, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and The Comedy of Errors.  

Elizabeth Pruitt, a 2013 graduate of Tangier High School, is attending Old Dominion University where she is studying art education.  She participated in Dr. Seuss Read Across America Day, helping students design and make a variety of crafts and has assisted high school art classes.  Elizabeth sold art pieces at the University Convention and continues to operate her online business.

John Wagner, a 2013 graduate of Nandua High School, attends Virginia Commonwealth University and is studying kinetic imaging.  John designed and currently manages the website for the Circle Thrift and Art Space, a community art gallery and music venue in Richmond.  He has produced creative work in many art fields, but is especially attracted by the digital world; he expects that is where his future lies.

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2015 Betty Ross Memorial Scholarship recipient Rebecca Bailey (right) with Charlie Ross (center) and Eliza McBride (left)

ACES Awards Betty Ross Memorial Scholarship

    In October 2014, the Eastern Shore and the Arts Council lost a long-time and dedicated friend – Betty Ross passed away after a short illness.  Betty was on the ACES Board for 8 years and served as President, Program Ads Chair and on the Program Committee – among other positions.  She was a dedicated supporter of the arts in general and ACES and its Scholarship program in particular.  Upon her passing, Betty’s family designated the ACES Scholarship Program as a recipient of donations made in her memory.  This season, ACES funded this special scholarship with the donations received in Betty’s memory.

    On June 7, ACES was pleased to award the Betty Ross Memorial Scholarship to Rebecca Bailey, a 2015 graduate of Northampton High School.  Rebecca has been dancing since she was very young – studying first at the ESO Arts Center in Exmore, then at the IM Dance Academy and was recently accepted into the Mara Ifju Dance Company.  She attended master classes with the American Ballet Theatre and Alvin Ailey.  This spring she was in a production by the Ballet Virginia International in Norfolk and was attending classes in modern and advanced ballet at the Todd Rosenlieb Dance Center in Norfolk.

    Rebecca has been accepted at Old Dominion University where she will study Theatre and Dance.  

2016 ACES Scholarship Application

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