WAA Outreach

The Wilmington Art Association Community Outreach Program offers “art related” assistance to the Cape Fear Region by providing scholarships, sponsoring art related programs and special events as well as donating funds to art related organizations. The program is dedicated to promoting, supporting and fostering creativity in the visual arts. This an ongoing commitment of the Wilmington Art Association, and we are grateful to be able to give back to our community.


Scholarships - 2014

The Wilmington Art Association (WAA), through their Community Outreach Program, coordinated by Erika Lawrence, annually awards scholarships to UNCW and Cape Fear Community College. Each school receives $1,000 annually to fund two $500 scholarships. Students pursuing a career in the Arts are eligible to become a recipient of one of these scholarships. WAA is dedicated to assisting students each year in their endeavors as they pursue a career in one of the many diverse areas in the Arts.

UNC Wilmington


Gretchen Murden 2014 WAA president handing a check of $1,000.00 to Beau Cummings, Director of Development with University Advancement at UNCW. The WAA gives two $500.00 scholarships to a student each year who is attending UNCW and pursuing a career in the arts




Cape Fear Community College Scholarship


Gretchen Murden,2014 president of the Wilmington Art Association, recently presented a check for $1,000 to Dana McKoy, Director of Annual Giving at the Cape Fear Community College Foundation. This gift will fund two $500 scholarships in the upcoming academic year for CFCC students who are taking art classes and who are interested in pursuing art as a career.




2013 WAA New Hanover High School "Student Art Competition"


The WAA Outreach Program is pleased to have sponsored the 2013 High School Student Art Competition for New Hanover County High Schools. Participating high schools include Cape Fear Academy, Coastal Christian High School, New Hanover High School, Ashley High School, Hoggard High School, and Laney High School. The Reception and Award Ceremony was held at the Hannah Block Historic USO Community Art Center on Friday, May 24. The student artwork will be on display at the Hannah Block Historic USO Community Art Center through Friday, May 31. On the left is 1st place winner for Visual Arts, Kayla Kinsey from Coastal Christian High School. On the right for 3D/ Ceramics, is 1st place winner Marleena Freeman from Ashley High School.


For a list of award winners Click here.


Scholarships - 2013


CFCC Scholarship

CFCC Scholarship --- Pictured here are Kay Warren, Associate Executive Director of CFCC Foundation; Emily Teppett, the 2013 WAA Scholarship Recipient; and Elaine Cooper, the 2013 WAA President.

Emily Teppett, the CFCC recipient, in her letter to WAA said: "I am honored to be one of the recipients of the WAA Scholarship. Growing up with dyslexia and an auditory processing disorder, school was never fun or easy for me. Finding ceramics in the tenth grade changed my life. I want to thank you for supporting me and giving me this opportunity to further my future in ceramics. With this scholarship, I am one step closer to Penland and buying a kiln."


UNCW Scholarship


UNCW Scholarship --- Pictured here are Beau Cummings , Director of Development and Leadership Gifts of UNCW; and Elaine Cooper, WAA President.

Julienne Emily Beblo, this year's UNCW scholarship recipient, is pursuing a second degree in Studio Art. Julienne wrote in her letter to the WAA that since she is the youngest of four children, "Scholarships have relieved much of the financial burden that my parents have shouldered, and have allowed me to participate in a number of internships and opportunities that I otherwise may not have been able to experience. I cannot imagine where I would be without having had the opportunity to participate in them.”





Community Outreach

Senior Art Classes

The WAA Outreach Program has partnered with the Thalian Association to provide free Art Classes for Senior Citizens at the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center. Thalian provides the facility and WAA artists provide art lessons. Supplies are provided by WAA so that at the end of each 5-6 week session each Senior is able to come away with their own "masterpiece."







Photos by: Vickie Hibler


For information on upcoming Senior Art Classes, contact Erika Lawrence (910-792-9378). If you are interested in volunteering to assist with teaching these art classes, Click to download the WAA Artist Volunteer Form and follow the instructions.


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