Programs

JUNE 2015

Florida School of the Arts honors graduates

FloArts Grad, Tobias Evans
FloArts Grad, Chloe Cordle
FloArts Grad, Leda Balch

Florida School of the Arts recently bid farewell to 36 graduates now on their way to pursue careers in art galleries, on stage or behind the scenes in the entertainment industry. Many will continue their education at universities before finding their niche in the arts. The College honored students who received their associate degrees in the visual and performing arts at the St. Johns River State College Palatka campus.

The commencement speech was given by Aaron Paley president and Co-Founder of Community Art Resources, a Los Angeles based organization that creates opportunities to engage culture with the community. Paley has 30 years of experience in production, administration and planning for the arts. He has combined his passion for urban planning and architecture with his endeavors in the arts to create a body of work which champions public space and the performing arts as catalysts to create a stronger civic fabric, including the reuse of historic structures and the integration of artists and art organizations into our daily lives.

Outstanding graduates were also recognized during the ceremony.

The award for Outstanding Graduate in Design and Technical Theatre was presented to Tobias Evans.

The award for Outstanding Graduate in the Performing Arts went to Chloe Cordle.

Awards for Outstanding Graduate in the Visual Arts and Outstanding Academic Achievement went to Leda Balch.

Florida School of the Arts graduates are as follows: Nicole Acosta, Kayla Allen, Kelsey Angles, Leda Balch, Brittany Bauer, Emily Rose Blanton, Jennifer Broadbent, Aris Bursell, Jade Campbell, Cassidy Canova, Chloe Cordle, Kristem Cuestas, Jordy Diaz, Clinton Dickinson, Tobias Evans, Rozalyn Finch, Krissy Garcia-Santiago, Carlysle Garland, Molly Hannigan, Sydney Harber, Alexandria Holloway, Benoit Lamoureux, Jordan Leggett, Dwight Leslie, Jr., Kelsey Martin, Robert McGurn, Lynona McKinzie, Amber Nelson, Cole Nowacki, Ashlee Philpott, Ryan Plappert, Linda Ruiz, Ariel Ryals-Trammell, Briauna Shope, Nicolas Silvestris and Jamie Tidwell.

Florida School of the Arts is part of the academic and administrative structure of SJR State and awards the two-year associate degree in the following areas of study:  visual art, stage management, dance performance, theater technology, acting and musical theater. The School serves the entire state of Florida. Admission is based on an audition or portfolio review, an interview with the faculty and admission to SJR State. Students produce and perform in approximately four visual arts exhibitions and 10 performances each year. For more information about Florida School of the Arts call 386-312-4300 or visit online at floarts.org

 

PHOTO CAPTIONS:

FloArts instructors Patricia Crotty (left) and Robert O’Leary (right) present the award for Outstanding Graduate in Design and Technical Theatre to Tobias Evans (center).

FloArts instructor Stephanie Masterson (left) presents the award for Outstanding Graduate in Performing Arts to Chloe Cordle.

Dean of Florida School of the Arts Alain Hentschel (left) presents the award for Outstanding Graduate in Academic Achievement to Leda Balch, who also received the award for Outstanding Graduate in the Visual Arts.