Supporting the arts in our community
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.
Our education program will engage interns to work with us in professional entertainment industry roles: stage and house management, lighting and sound production, and marketing management. We will offer scholarships to promising students of the performing arts and provide opportunities for students to perform in the lobby at our shows. Stay tuned for more ways we intend to connect the arts to education.
Each year the Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts awards a $1,000 scholarship to three students who plan to study music or theater in a college or advanced program. These awards are competitive, with winners selected on their academic achievement, participation in the arts and the strength of their personal recommendations.
“We are very pleased to recognize such outstanding talent in our community and we look forward to following each student’s progress.” – David Connaughton, President of the Outer Banks Forum
Eligibility: Must intend to pursue careers in the field of performing arts,
Additional requirements: Application and one page, single spaced, essay that states your serious intention and reflects how you plan to use and share your chosen field of study. Send to email@example.com. Respond to the following:
- Explain your involvement in the performing arts.
- Share your performance art background and experience.
- Why did you choose this particular artistic field?
- Three (3) teacher recommendations (share link: Scholarship Recommendation Form)
Grant Supports Forum Scholarships for 22-23 School Year
Students awarded scholarship with help from Dominion grant
Dominion Energy External Affairs Manager, Winnie Wade presents The Outer Banks Forum with $3,000 for their scholarship program. Picture here from L to R: Zoe Kane (First Flight High scholarship recipient), Winnie Wade (Dominion Energy), and Morgan Deane (First Flight High scholarship recipient). Not pictured, Jay Moxley (Manteo High scholarship recipient).
(Kill Devil Hills, N.C., June 2023) – Each year the Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts awards scholarships to students who plan to study music or theater in a college or advanced program. Thanks to a generous grant from Dominion Energy, this scholarship tradition continues.
The awards are competitive with winners selected on their academic achievement, participation in the arts and the strength of their personal recommendations. The Dominion grant supports the education mission of the Forum: to promote local arts education with scholarship award for college-level study in the arts.
“We were very pleased to recognize such outstanding talent in our community,” said David Connaughton, President of the Outer Banks Forum. “We are honored to award scholarship this year to Jay Moxley, Zoe Kane and Morgan Deane. We look forward to following their progress.”
“We thank Dominion for being a valuable community partner and helping us in our mission to bring high quality entertainment to the Outer Banks and support a vibrant future for the arts through scholarship.”
Jay Moxley was accepted to two colleges and intends to major in theater and directing. They have been highly involved with chorus and school theatrical productions at Manteo High School and has also appeared regularly on stage with the Theatre of Dare.
Morgan Deane has worked alongside the volunteer board for the Outer Banks Forum as stage manager for the 2022-23 season. She has been incredibly valuable in that role. Morgan is regarded as a critical component of the performing arts program at First Flight High School. She has been accepted, and plans to attend Appalachian State pursuing a degree in Political Science and Pre-Legal. Deane intends to stay involved with the arts in college.
Zoe Kane ranks ninth in her class at First Flight. She has an extensive performance career on stage and in chorus. She recently charmed audiences with her lead role as Donna in “Mamma Mia.” Kane is planning to attend Wake Forest where she intends to pursue a major in political science and international studies. Zoe plans to continue her involvement in theatre at Wake.
“On behalf of Dominion Energy North Carolina, I am proud to show our support for the Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts and their continued efforts to enhance and support the performing arts through scholarship,” said Winnie Wade, External Affairs Manager of Dominion Energy North Carolina.
The Dominion Foundation supports various cultural activities throughout their service locations through their focus on community vitality. This gift fulfills their mission to foster “an appreciation of diversity, revitalizing neighborhoods, and ensuring a vibrant community life through support of cultural endeavors.”