Two recent graduates of the Cherry Creek School District will start college this fall with a little financial support from the City of Greenwood Village.
Hannah Dotson, a 2018 graduate of Grandview High School, and Isaac Shin, a 2018 graduate of Cherry Creek High School, each received a $3,000 scholarship from the Greenwood Village Arts and Humanities Council during a presentation held July 2 at the Greenwood Village City Council meeting.
The Arts and Humanities Council presents two scholarships annually to students who are pursuing college degrees in the arts, which encompasses a wide variety of visual and performing arts including fine or studio art, film or cinema, photography, music, theater, set design, graphic design, creative writing, poetry and other literary arts.
Dotson plans to earn a bachelor of fine arts degree in musical theater at Milliken University in Decatur, Ill. She is a talented singer and actress who appeared in 23 school productions between sixth and twelfth grade.
“When Hannah is on stage, she just shines,” said Brianna Lindahl, theater teacher at Grandview High School. “She is a bigger-than-life character who always wants to challenge herself.”
CCHS graduate Isaac Shin will study design and digital art at the School of the Art Institute Chicago in Chicago, Ill. Shin said he discovered his talent and passion for art when he took an art class during his junior year of high school.
“That’s when I began experimenting with watercolors, a lot of ink and marker and pencil,” Shin said. He first thought he would study illustration, but is now leaning toward graphic design and digital art. “I hope to impact a lot of people through art,” he added.
Both students are grateful for the scholarships provided by the Arts and Humanities Council, which also contributed $500 to their high schools to support arts programs.
“I think it’s awesome that we have a community that supports the arts,” Dotson said. “It’s important that the arts are part of everyone’s lives.”
That sentiment certainly aligns with one of the primary functions of the Greenwood Village Arts and Humanities Council, which is to advocate for the arts, artists and arts organizations and stimulate community awareness and enjoyment of the arts.