"Mayor's Awards for Achievement in the Arts for Youth was postponed to end of the meeting. And when they did discuss it, the commissioners voted to accept the recommendations made by the Education & Outreach Committee to give four awards and three Honorable Mentions.
The criteria used by the commission were: innovation, execution & technique, and dedication & discipline
There were 14 nominations and the recipients are: visual artists Maddy Cowee, Jaylee Wadell, and Jenny Zhu, and filmmakers Julia McCarthy, Georgina Quinn, and Sophie Zukoski (who collaborated on a full-length film). Honorable Mentions are awarded to Andrea Lopez, Po Ho Lo, and Maya Sousa. These awards will be presented by Mayor Ann Schwab June 4 at the City Council Meeting. And then at the June 19 Arts Commission meeting, the art works themselves will be shown, including a few of the film clips."
Jenny Zhu has been taking oil painting classes from me for over five years. She has worked hard on every painting she has created. Determined to bring out the best visual effect of each one. Congratulations Jenny, you really deserve this award. I'm so very proud of you.
Sophie Zukoski has been taking oil painting classes from me for just over a year. However, her win was not in recognition of her oil painting skills. Her and her two friends created a full-length film. All three of these girls are very talented.
Congratulations Sophie, Julia and Georgina. The three of you should be very proud of your accomplishments.