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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

Grantee Spotlight: Peabody Institute

Posted by Takami Peemoeller on Aug 25, 2014 1:00:00 PM

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation grantee, the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, provides outstanding arts instruction through Peabody Preparatory, Baltimore’s premier community school for the performing arts. Based upon the idea that every “individual has the capacity for artistic expression at some appropriate level of understanding and skill,” the school is open to gifted children and adolescents, as well as any community members interested in music and dance education.

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Topics: Arts, grants, Grantee Spotlight, musicians

NuPenny’s Last Stand: A Q&A with Randy Regier

Posted by Jenn Bates on Aug 12, 2014 9:49:00 AM

2005 Graduate Scholar Randy Regier will be featured in the “State of The Art: Discovering American Art Now” show at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. We asked Randy a few questions about his career as an artist, his inspiration for NuPenny, and what he has been working on recently.

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What scholarship program were you a part of/what year? 

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Topics: Scholar Spotlight, Arts, Graduate Arts Award, Graduate Scholar, Scholar accomplishment

Graduate Arts Scholar Wins International Sculpture Center Award

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Jul 30, 2014 2:26:44 PM

Graduate Arts Scholar Scotty Menesini was recently selected as one of 22 recipients of the Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award by the International Sculpture Center (ISC).

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Topics: Scholar Spotlight, Arts, Graduate Arts Award

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