South Kingstown Fine Arts Boostersis a 501(c)3 nonprofit community organization committed to keeping vibrant and sustainable music, theater and art opportunities for K-12 South Kingstown School District students. We strive to be strong advocates for the arts in SK schools, offer financial assistance for private lessons and camps, help support the needs of our arts programs, and award graduating arts students through our Senior Scholarship program. Three of the scholarship categories are specific to graduating seniors and several smaller scholarships are awarded to students in all grades wishing to continue their study in the arts throughout the calendar year.
**NOTE** two years ago, South Kingstown Music Boosters changed to South Kingstown Fine Arts Boosters in an effort to include support for all of our SK arts programs. We're actively working to raise money to provide a visual arts senior scholarship, as well as general support for the visual arts program, in addition to music/theater.
Diane Rebelo Scholarship - Given in honor of an extraordinary teacher who was passionately dedicated to music. Graduating seniors intending to pursue music study in college are eligible to apply.
Vocal Music Scholarship - Awarded to a student who has pursued excellence in vocal performance during their high school career.
Instrumental Music Scholarship - Awarded to a student who has pursued excellence in instrumental performance during their high school career.
Applications for Senior Scholarships are available to download from the SKHS website in January for the upcoming spring graduation year. Navigate to the Financial Aid and Scholarships linkon the Guidance & School Counseling page, then click on Local Scholarships to access application instructions and submission deadlines for this year's SK Fine Arts Boosters scholarships. Scholarship applications must be submitted to the SKHS Guidance Office by April 1.
MUSIC ASSISTANCE PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIPS
The Fine Arts Boosters’ Music Assistance Program is designed to reduce financial barriers that our young musicians may face while pursuing their interest in music. This program is designed for children with demonstrated financial need (free/reduced lunch) or other family financial circumstances that would preclude them from obtaining music instruction or materials.
Applications must be submitted directly by a South Kingstown School District music teacher and may be used for music or vocal lessons, sheet music, instructional books, instrumental camp, rental or purchase of reasonably-priced instruments, and other purposes deemed appropriate by SK music teachers. If you are interested in a Music Assistance Program scholarship for your child, please contact the music teacher at their school.
OTHER COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS
Music Mentoring Project: Jennifer Collins, award winning music teacher at Broad Rock Middle School, coordinates and runs the Music Mentoring Project with the University of Rhode Island (URI). This program is of a particular importance to our community, as it pairs South Kingstown children with URI music students and community musicians for private and small group lessons to make music accessible to all children in South Kingstown, while providing valuable teaching experiences to the instructors from URI. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
PDCC Music Academy: Peace Dale Congregational Church (host of SKFAB’s 2021 Tunes and Tacos fundraiser) is now offering students of all ages a venue to begin, enhance, or fine-tune their musical aspirations. They are offering lessons for beginners to advanced levels. Lessons can be 30, 45, or 60 minutes in length, in the areas of piano, drums, violin guitar, brass, woodwinds, voice, cello and composition. A special needs-based scholarship program is offered for students that would normally not be able to afford lessons. You can reach Peace Dale Congregational Church at email@example.com or 789-7313.
The Contemporary Theater Company: The CTC in Wakefield has been partnering with the SKHS Theater Program for 12 years through their Testing, Testing, 1,2,3,4 program each fall. In this program, directors from the CTC work with drama students and stage a production at the theater each October. The CTC also offers many camps and workshops in the summer and throughout the year for students of all ages to hone their acting, directing, and technical theater skills. Financial aid is also available at the CTC for anyone who needs it. Check out Contemporarytheatercompany.com. or 401-218-0282.
Pump House Music Works: This non-profit organization in Peace Dale offers high quality music concerts and related social events in their intimate 125-person venue. They present a variety of local, regional and international performers representing all musical genres and also host a monthly open mic as well as special gatherings for other community non-profits. They provide an opportunity for beginners and seasoned performers to create magic by sharing and supporting their music. South Kingstown student musicians are welcomed and encouraged to perform at the Pump House. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or 824-9971.