Council awards arts scholarships

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A ballet dancer, a harakeke weaver, a movie-maker, and two ukulele players received scholarships from the Alexandra Community Arts Council scholarships recently.
The awards were given at a ceremony at the Central Otago Rural Education Activities Programme (Reap) office on January 30.
Spokeswoman Ruth Arnott said the money was raised from the proceeds of last year’s Art in the Garden event, which was held every two years.
‘‘We are giving out $2000,’’ she said.
Ms Arnott said they usually gave $1000 to recipients but as the council had so many worthy applicants, they decided to double the amount and divide it among five successful people.
‘‘All the applicants will give back to the community in some way or other.’’
Emma Hutton (17), of Moa Creek, will use the money to spend a week in Auckland in March to study modern dance with Gemma Boswell, of GB Choreography. She was not at the presentation as she was walking the Kepler Track, Fiordland, for her Duke of Edinburgh award.
Pauline McAlpine, of Alexandra, is a harakeke and korowai weaving specialist and teaches the skills to community and school groups.
She wants to continue her study of the crafts with the Hetet School of Weaving, especially as there is a shortage of teachers.
Will Nelson (18), of Alexandra, is a keen video-maker and photographer and is putting his scholarship towards his first year of study for a bachelor of creative media production at Massey University.
He has made videos for several groups, including sporting clubs, and his school.
Jackie Smith, of Clyde, is a keen ukulele player and has regularly played at events, festivals and markets. She will put the scholarship towards bass guitar lessons.
Frankie Boyt, of Alexandra, will use her money for violin lessons. She belongs to the ukulele group Stone the Crows and has been involved with Alexandra Musical Society productions including Grease and Showtime.