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Our mission is to promote an arts education for local high school students by…inviting students to participate in master classes with FORUM performers and awarding scholarships for college level study in the arts.

Master Classes offer young musicians an opportunity to work with an experienced performer and receive feedback and support. For the 2017–18 season, the Forum sponsored one master class by the Virginia Symphony
Orchestra for the combined students of Kitty Hawk Elementary School, First Flight Elementary School, and Nags Head Elementary School. Plus, master classes were held at First Flight High School, Manteo High School and Manteo Elementary School. All funded by the Outer Banks Community Foundation, about 60 youth participated.

Scholarships are awarded each year to local high school graduates who are planning college majors in a subject related to the arts. These $1,000 awards are competitive, with winners selected on their academic achievement, participation in the arts and the strength of their personal recommendations.

Congratulations to our 2018-2019 scholarship winners:

Brooke Kelly,  First Flight High School, who will attend North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC to study psychology with a minor in music.

Kelsey Sexton,  Manteo High School, who will attend Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, to study film production.