Vocal, Oconee County High School
Oconee County High School senior Vivian Hilyard is a vocal talent extraordinaire. A Governor’s Honors Program semi-finalist in 2019, she was also accepted to the Oberlin Conservatory Vocal Academy for High School Students and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute last summer. She plans to major in Voice Performance at the Johns Hopkins Peabody Institute next year.
Instrumental, Prince Avenue Christian School
A talent musician, senior Caleb Land has served Prince Avenue Christian School as band captain for the past two years. Selected first chair trombone for Young Harris College Honor Band and Lee University Honor Band, Caleb has been inducted into Tri-M Music Honors Society in addition to his musical talents as an Eagle Scout.
Dance/Drama, North Oconee High School
A senior at North Oconee High School, Caleb McArthur is a multi-talented performer. A decorated honor thespian, Caleb was selected as Georgia’s 2017 and 2018 Region Best Actor for Region 4A in addition to participation in multiple school performances and clubs. He is currently auditioning for BFA in Musical Theatre programs throughout the country to continue his love of performing arts in college.
Visual, North Oconee High School
North Oconee High School senior Shannon Lee is a talented and awarded artist. Recipient of one Scholastic Gold Key and three Scholastic Silver Keys, Shannon is also a SCAD challenge design winner. She looks to major in communication design in college and to one day work in visual design for the film industry.
Dance/Drama, Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School
Senior Cydni Coppage has taken her musical theatre and dance talents to new levels while attending Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School. In 2019 and 2020, she was awarded the prestigious Cirque Award for her aerial performance. She plans to continue performing in college next year.
Vocal, Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School
A senior at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School, Olivia Harris has expanded her vocal talents through involvement with her church and school choirs as well as school performances. In addition to her vocals, Olivia is also an awarded dancer that has participated with the Asheville Ballet Conservatory.
Instrumental, Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School
Senior Simon Park is a very talented instrumentalist. With participation in Tri-M and orchestra, he is first chair flutist for Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School. He plans to further his music studies in college next year.
Visual, Rabun County High School
A Rabun County High School senior, Sarah Decker has always known that art was meant to be part of her life. Her awards include being named a finalist at the 2019 Governor’s Honors Program and a 2020 AP Art History Medal. Sarah is going to college to pursue her dream of being in art education.
Vocal, Lake Oconee Academy
A senior at Lake Oconee Academy, Helen Garcia-Carerras is an all-around performer! Winning recognitions in band, musical theatre, and dance, Helen also has worked hard on her vocal talents. She hopes to attend Elon University where she will major in musical theatre.
HCA, Putnam County High School
Andrew attended the 2019 Hospitality Careers Academy and was awarded an outstanding student scholarship for his positive attitude throughout the program. Andrew hopes to attend Johnson & Wales University after high school and pursue his passions by becoming a chef.
Cultural Foundation Grant Program
Each year the Cultural Foundation offers local community groups the opportunity to apply for funding up to $5,000 to aid them in carrying out programming that aligns with the mission of The Cultural Foundation.
Past grant recipients include:
- After Romeo student performance
- Broderick Flanigan Program
- Winterglow performance at the Morton Theatre
- Lyndon House Book Project
- Hilsman Step Team for the Youth Step Show
- Mosaic Art Mural at Cobbham Park