The Hamden Arts Commission will spotlight the talents of high school seniors who have exceptional gifts in the arts at the Commission’s 30th Annual Salute to Young Artists. This year’s honorees are from Hamden High School, Educational Center for the Arts (ECA) and Sacred Heart Academy. All must be Hamden residents.
The program is scheduled for Friday, May 15 at 7 pm in Thornton Wilder Hall, Miller Cultural Complex, 2901 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden. A reception in the students’ honor follows the entertainment. The public is cordially invited to attend free of charge. The evening will include performances by students gifted in music, theatre, dance and voice as well as an exhibition of work by visual artists.
The honorees this year are: Julia Alberti, Maisie Albis, Joseph Gorden Benitez, Kenneth Glazer, Mia Hall, Teo Hernandez, Vienna Hinkson, Rachel Hodes, Shannon G. Hinton, Alexandra Mandell, Kylie Miller, Matt Murphy, Danielle Palm, Masha Parfenov, Alexandra Pfeiffer and Emma Rybacki.
Plus, Clifford Anthony Schloss, Morgan Shields, Taylor Stickles, Ebony Thomas, Dan Tozzi, Gloria Velez, Vonya Wilson and YooJin Yoon.
Acting Mayor James Pascarella will make welcoming remarks. Senator Joseph J. Crisco, Jr. (D-17) and Town Clerk Vera Morrison will present certificates of merit to each honoree. Eric Nyquist, Director of Fine Arts for Hamden Public Schools, will serve as master of ceremonies.
The Salute to Young Artists gives recognition to public and private high school students from Hamden, offering them an opportunity to share their talents with the community. Through this program, the Arts Commission hopes to provide encouragement to Hamden’s young people interested in the arts, and to express gratitude to parents and teachers who have nurtured and supported them in their pursuit of excellence. The students are selected based on nominations from their teachers.