The overwhelming events of 2020 triggered a lot of reflection for me. What emerged is a strong desire to not just teach but to reach audiences that generally don’t get the opportunity to learn calligraphy. Sometimes the roadblock is financial, sometimes lack of opportunity. This scholarship program is designed to tackle both obstacles. The goal is to improve diversity within the lettering community across race, income and age.
I have built (and continue to build) connections with high school and middle school art teachers in urban communities and communities of color. With teacher support and guidance, in 2020, I had 18 students participate in a variety of online classes that were offered to the students. The generous financial support of the community enabled me to provide professional quality supplies to every student and online instruction.
Approximately 70-90% of scholarship donations pay for quality materials used in class. This is a very important component for me. Too often students are given inferior equipment and then we wonder why students give up on art. Quality materials reduce frustration and improve their results!
I’m also thrilled that several students have taken more than one class and thanks to the generosity of the community, any student in the scholarship program is welcome to continue their study in additional programs at no cost.
While scholarship students can start in any of our online programs, our upcoming Calligraphy Camp this July is created with students in mind.
SUPPORT: If you’d like to support this effort to foster diversity in the calligraphy community and introduce calligraphy to young people, join our fun fundraiser on Thursday, June 10th from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. All donations support the scholarship program. Details & Registration Here
If you’d like to contribute directly to a scholarship, a contribution can be made one of several ways:
- via PayPal by sending to Debby Reelitz at firstname.lastname@example.org. Simply add a note that says scholarship. The account will come up as Fun Organic Shirts–that is Debby’s account.
- via check to Debby Reelitz; 24 Silkey Road; North Granby CT
- if you don’t have a PayPal account, I can email an invoice that will allow you to pay your contribution with credit card. Contact me at email@example.com or call: 860-413-9041