HC Open Space Program Expands to Include Creative Writing, Speaking | News


Hastings College has announced that its Open Space for the Visual and Performing Arts immersion experience for high school students is expanding for summer 2022 to include creative writing and speaking.

The immersion programs – one for visual arts and one for performing arts – will run concurrently June 12-18 on the college campus. Both creative writing and speaking are within the realm of performing, although new electives this year will allow students to move on to other disciplines and get a broader experience.

“Open Space is a wonderful opportunity for talented high school students, and we’re excited to expand even further this year to include creative writing and speaking,” said Annette Vargas, HC Vice President for Education. Access, Enrollment and Student Performance, in a press release.

“Open Space allows high school students to gain many new and creative experiences and to really shine as they gain confidence in their talent and abilities. We just love welcoming them and giving them that opportunity.

Open Space will accept a total of 80 students for 2022, with around 30 of those places for a visual arts orientation and 50 for a performing arts orientation.

The visual arts track will accommodate high school students who are currently juniors and demonstrate a high level of artistic ability. Selected students will spend their week at the Jackson Dinsdale Art Center gaining hands-on experience in a range of art mediums, from glassblowing to sculpture to drawing, and meet Hastings College faculty to learn about future career opportunities. in art.

Open Space for the Performing Arts accepts sophomores and high school juniors with exceptional talent and an interest in college music, acting, creative writing, and/or speaking. This group will focus on advanced techniques and styles in a specific area of ​​Music (Instrumental, Piano, Voice), Theater (Acting, Technical Theater), Creative Writing and Speech.

Students in both tracks will have the opportunity to rotate between electives, including cross-disciplinary electives which give students the opportunity to experience and learn about multiple areas of the visual and performing arts.

The open space for visual and performing arts is valued at more than $1,000, but the Hastings College Foundation’s Jackson Dinsdale Endowment Fund gives each student a $750 scholarship to attend, which reduces student commitment to $250. However, no student will be turned away for financial reasons, as additional support is available for families eligible for the Free and Reduced Meals Program.

Student applications require a letter of recommendation and an audition or portfolio.

The deadline to apply is April 1. The application form and additional details can be found at hastings.edu/openspace.


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