Washington Studio School is pleased to announce the launch of the Alma Thomas Scholarship. This needs-based scholarship is in honor and memory of celebrated abstract expressionist painter and art educator Alma Thomas. Thomas was the first fine arts graduate of Howard University and an art teacher at Shaw Jr. High School from 1924 to 1960. Thomas was the first African American woman to have a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art.
The scholarship is available to DC resident teens and adults who attend the University of the District of Columbia, Howard University, DC public high schools or charter schools. The scholarship is also available to art teachers in DC public high schools or charter schools. The winning applicant(s) will receive full or partial tuition to Washington Studio School’s Summer Teen Intensive Program (July 9 – 27, 2018) or enrollment for one ten week class or workshop.
The Alma Thomas Scholarship is a principal component of Washington Studio School’s outreach initiatives and commitment to ensuring that historically underrepresented communities are provided with equal access to arts education, particularly those who identify as people of color, and is generously inaugurated by the Friends of Alma Thomas.
(via Washington Studio School. Photo courtesy of Washington Studio School.)