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Acting to Change the World: Cooke Scholar John Johnson

Posted by Amber Styles on Oct 4, 2017 3:55:41 PM

John Johnson began his undergraduate studies at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, New York. Although he initially considered pursuing a science degree, John realized a strong passion for the performing arts.

“When I'm on stage inhabiting a character or someone else's life, I'm about to connect with the audience. And draw them into someone else's life and that helps me to connect with myself and with other people,” says John.

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Topics: Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, Video, Transfer students, Arts

Bringing History to Life Through Arts Enrichment

Posted by Stacey DaBaldo on Sep 12, 2017 10:39:31 AM

Dominion Trail Elementary students participate in a Cooke Foundation-funded Bluemont assembly in February 2017. (Douglas Graham/Loudoun Now)

If you’ve ever turned on music to escape, listened to the Hamilton soundtrack, or sang the ABC’s, you know that music teaches us something.

School assemblies are a staple in elementary schools, providing valuable enrichment opportunities outside the classroom. However, funding a musical artist or performing arts troop for multiple assemblies is not an easy expense for public schools on a limited budget.

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Topics: financial need, Arts, Grantee Spotlight, Good Neighbor Grants, music education

Exploring the Skies - Cooke Scholar Harun Mehmedinovic

Posted by Marc Linmore on Apr 13, 2017 12:53:17 PM

We’ve all been told to 'reach for the stars', but what if the stars are hidden?

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Topics: Scholar Spotlight, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Video, Profile, Arts, alumni, photography

Traveling Players Ensemble: Where Theater Meets Adventure

Posted by Jennifer Krasilovsky on Sep 27, 2016 1:09:05 PM

“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts…”

-William Shakespeare

Take a stroll through Lake Fairfax Park in Reston, Virginia during the height of the summer and you may stumble upon Shakespeare’s Puck frolicking through the woods, or Snow White and the Evil Queen exchanging an apple by the lake. Off to the side, you might find a woman in modern dress sitting on a tree stump mending a Renaissance gown. These are the members of Traveling Players Ensemble, a local theater school that offers acting classes throughout the year in addition to several camps over the summer.

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Topics: Arts, grants, Grantee Spotlight, Good Neighbor Grants

StudioTulsa Interviews Cooke Scholar Noam Faingold

Posted by Amber Styles on Apr 13, 2016 2:01:05 PM

Cooke Scholar Noam Faingold is a composer, conductor, and performer whose works spans a variety of outlets and projects. Following the completion of his Ph.D. from King’s College London in 2015, Noam has remained active in the musician community. He currently serves as director of the Barthelmes Conservatory and holds postions at Tulsa Community College and The University of Tulsa.

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Topics: Scholar News, Arts, Graduate Scholar, musicians, alumni

Cooke Conversations: 5 Questions with Sascha Hughes-Caley

Posted by Amber Styles on Mar 1, 2016 4:58:42 PM

We're continuing our series of alumni profiles by interviewing Cooke Scholars from across our scholarship programs. We hope to inspire current and future Cooke Scholars by highlighting the incredible range of personalities, ambitions, and accomplishments of this talented group!

Hi! I’m Sascha Hughes-Caley, recipient of the Cooke Graduate Arts Award (2013). I recently received my MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to graduate study, I studied acting at Vancouver Film School in Vancouver, BC and earned a BA at the University of Colorado, Boulder – double majoring in art history and studio art. I now work as an artist and live in Philadelphia. You can see some of my work at
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Topics: Scholar Spotlight, Arts, Graduate Arts Award, Cooke Conversations

2015 Quinn Prize Recipient Chat Travieso

Posted by Larry Thi on Aug 26, 2015 5:01:01 PM

Chat Travieso, a 2007 Cooke Graduate Scholar, is a talented architect committed to using socially conscious and creative art to make positive changes in low-income communities around New York City. This year, the Cooke Foundation awarded him a $10,000 Matthew J. Quinn Prize in recognition of his outstanding service to his community.

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Topics: Scholar Spotlight, Quinn Prize, Arts, Graduate Scholar

Cooke Foundation Honors 3 Scholars for Outstanding Service to their Communities

Posted by Amber Styles on Aug 4, 2015 12:20:00 PM

Cooke Foundation Recognizes Three Scholars for Outstanding Contributions to Their Communities

LANSDOWNE, VA – For their outstanding contributions to the communities in which they live, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholar alumnus Chat Travieso has been awarded this year’s $10,000 Matthew J. Quinn Prize. In addition, Cooke Young Scholars Agata Bykovtsev and Sarah Sahibousidq have each been awarded a $2,500 Matthew J. Quinn Youth Leadership Award.

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Topics: Young Scholars, Scholars Weekend, Quinn Prize, Event, Arts, Graduate Scholar, Quinn Youth Leadership Award

Queens College Profiles JKCF Graduate Arts Scholar Jin-Xiang Yu

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Jan 28, 2015 3:36:00 PM

Queens College Alumna Jin-Xiang "JX" Yu

Queens College, New York

JIN-XIANG "JX" YU ’14 is already a soprano of note. After only three years of classical training at the Aaron Copland School of Music, she gained admission to the Yale School of Music’s opera department, a program so exclusive that it accepted just six singers this year, giving all of them full scholarships. She also won a 2014 Graduate Arts Award from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation; recipients are eligible for as much as $50,000 a year for up to three years, to cover tuition or living expenses.

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Topics: Arts, Graduate Arts Award, alumni, JKCF in the News

JKCF Graduate Scholar Reflection: Wildlife Cameraman Dawson Dunning

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Dec 15, 2014 3:55:00 PM

Credit: Dan Socie

“It isn’t as easy as pointing a lens at animal behavior anymore,” writes Dawson Dunning. “I want every shot to be a story in itself, every sequence to be something people will remember.”

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Topics: Scholar Spotlight, Arts, Graduate Scholar

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