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SVMoA Scholarships to Take Students to Classes in Barcelona, Boston and Oaxaca
Most of the 21 students and teachers receiving scholarships posed for a group picture on the lawn of the Hailey House.
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Thursday, May 11, 2023


In June Caroline Horner will head to Barcelona to study fashion design, while getting an insider’s experience of Spain—all part of the Putney Pre-College summer program for high school students.

She’ll spend three weeks in the cosmopolitan bustle of one of Spain’s largest cities, enjoy tapas at the city’s cafes, immerse herself in renowned Catalan art, architecture and history and even toe the sands of Barcelona’s Mediterranean beaches.

She may even get the opportunity to take a chocolate-making workshop, visit the Museo de Picasso, tour the Catalan countryside, view the turquoise beaches of medieval Tossa de Mar, see Salvador Dali’s wild, surreal works in his hometown of Figueres and explore the cobblestone streets of Castellar de n’Hug.

Proud parents played the part of the paparazzi.

At the same time, she’ll be introduced to Spain’s powerhouse fashion industry, exploring the social and cultural factors that helped it take shape, learning how fashion trends are born and propagated differently in cultures around the world. She’ll visit textile industry sites and produce her own design portfolio, perhaps co-curating a fashion show.

All this is being made possible by a scholarship the Sun Valley Community School student received from the Sun Valley Museum of Art’s 2023 Arts and Humanities Scholarship program.

The Museum gave out $36,195 in scholarships to 18 students and three educators during a reception Monday evening for students and their parents at the SVMoA’s Hailey House. The Museum has awarded $1,101,028 to students and teachers wishing to further their knowledge of arts and humanities since 1998.

The scholarships are funded by donors and those who pledge money during the Paddle Up at the annual Sun Valley Wine Auction, said Sophie Sawyers, director of Learning and Engagement at the Museum.

Hilarie Neely, director of Footlight Dance Center, turned out to applaud Leo Star and a couple other students who received scholarships.

“In (raising their paddles), they’re showing they believe in you,” she told the students.

Caroline Horner has displayed a penchant for fashion since she was a child, meticulously picking out her wardrobe, said her mother Diana Horner, who attended the reception with her husband and Caroline’s father Doug. Caroline also has a knack for interior design, Diana said, helping to decorate the family  home when they moved here three years ago from the Bay area.

“I think this is really cool, an amazing opportunity,” said Caroline Horner, a sophomore who takes part in the Community School’s Creative Arts Academy. “Fashion design is something I’m starting to take interest in so this will give me a chance to study it and see if it is something I might want to pursue.”

Brady Giles, a senior at Sun valley Community School will use his scholarship to study illustration and graphic design at college. Audrey Hernandez will use hers to further her studies at Footlight Dance Center. Gracie Shiver will use hers on violin studies at BYU-Idaho.

Spanish teacher Amy Bingham received a scholarship, as did Toni Boush, the principal of Silver Creek High School, and Michele Preuss, the school’s social worker.

Cassius Klingenfuss, a student at the Sun Valley Community School, won two scholarships: One to further his interest in poetry and the other for an intensive musical theater acting mentorship at Boston Conservatory at Berklee.

“I’ll be studying the Alexander Technique, which is a non-traditional method that involves screaming. I’ll also study practical aesthetics, a way of analyzing scripts to see what the character is asking. And I will study Shakespeare,” he said. “We performed ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ at the Community School this past winter and I found it very poetic. It was fun to have the challenge of making olde English seem contemporary. I basically try to forget it’s Shakespeare.”

Leo Star, a junior at Wood River High School, will use his scholarship to spend five weeks at Ballet West in Salt Lake City. The program is considered one of the best summer ballet programs in the West, according to Hilarie Neely, the director of Footlight Dance Center.

Star began dabbling in ballet two years ago to see if he liked it after performing in musical theater.

Diana and Doug Horner celebrated with their daughter Caroline, who is headed to Barcelona to study fashion design.

“I’ve always loved musical theater, the performing arts, and ballet just feels right,” he said. “The Ballet West program will offer me a different experience that I can’t get here—more partnering, more experience lifting.”

Amy Bingham a Spanish teacher at Wood River Middle School, will use her scholarship money to immerse herself in the culture and language of Oaxaca, Mexico, returning to share what she learned with her students. And Toni Boush and Michele Preuss will take such art classes as charcoal drawing,  watercolor painting and pottery classes at Boulder Mountain Clayworks, then share what they’ve learned with their students at Silver Creek High School.

“We don’t have an art teacher, but so many of our students find value in expression,” said Preuss, a social worker at the school.

Sawyers said it was inspiring to see the talent, drive and commitment of our scholarship applicants: “It takes a lot of courage to share your work with others. I hope you will take (these scholarships) as a vote of confidence.”


Named in honor of Gay V. Weake, a former Executive Director of the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, this renewable scholarship of $2,000 per year is awarded to a 12th grade student or full-time college student majoring in the arts or humanities, to be applied annually toward tuition at an accredited college or university. The 2023 winner is Brady Giles, a current senior at Sun Valley Community School who will pursue illustration and graphic design in college.

Named for Kay Hardy and Gregory Kaslo, longtime supporters of arts and education in the state of Idaho, this scholarship is given to high school seniors enrolled at Wood River High School, Silver Creek High School or Carey School who are pursuing advanced study, including a specific program, trade school, college, an internship or apprenticeship in the arts or humanities. The 2023 winners are Wood River High School senior Lella Aicher and Carey School senior Anna Warthen, each awarded $1,000. An honorable mention award of $665 goes to Wood River High School’s Lucinda Frates.

A $3,000 scholarship, this is awarded to an 11th or 12th grade student who has demonstrated their passion for the study of performing arts (music, theater, voice or dance). The 2023 winner is Cassius Klingenfuss, a junior at Sun Valley Community School who will pursue advanced study in theater.

HIGH SCHOOL ARTS & HUMANITIES SCHOLARSHIP – Multiple scholarships of up to $2,500 are awarded to students currently enrolled in grades 9-12 to further their formal studies in the arts and humanities outside of regular school hours. The 2023 winners are Audrey Hernandez, Brady Giles, Caroline Horner, Cassius Klingenfuss, Christopher Perez Vivar, Clara Gvozdas, Cora Ward, Leo Star, Neve St. Onge, Sarah Leidecker, Lella Aicher, Bridgette Silva, Anna Warthen and Gracie Shiver.

WENDY & ALAN PESKY EDUCATOR SCHOLARSHIP – Multiple scholarships of up to $1,200 are awarded to K-12 educators to support formal professional development in visual arts, performing arts or humanities. The 2023 winners are Michele Preuss, Toni Boush and Amy Bingham.

WRITING COMPETITION: THAT TIME I KNEW I BELONGED – “That Time I Knew I Belonged” is a writing competition sponsored by The Alliance of Idaho and Sun Valley Museum of Art (SVMoA). It is open to high school juniors and seniors who attend Blaine County public schools, and submissions may be written in English or Spanish. This year’s recipients are Anay Gil-Salinas and Jacy Thomas.


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