On April 12, 2019, the Osceola County School for the Arts hosted the 25th annual Arts Alive, an art-centered showcase that features the talent of high school students throughout the School District of Osceola County

Sponsored by the Ace Osceola Coalition, the showcase featured various art disciplines including the Visual Arts, Cinematography, Dance, Instrumental Music, Choral Music, Technical and Performance Theater, and Creative Writing. 

The Arts for a Complete Education (ACE) Coalition is a volunteer group of individuals from various backgrounds that are committed to arts education in Osceola County  

The proceeds of Arts Alive go directly to the Senior scholarship and teacher grants. In order to apply, seniors must complete the scholarship application and an essay on “How the Arts Have Changed My Life.” They must also supply proof of college acceptance or application, an unofficial school transcript, a resume and attend the scholarship interview.

This year $14,000 of Arts Alive student scholarship funds were awarded to the following group of young inspiring individuals:

Cinematography –Molly Lavoie
Creative Writing –Maireni Nunez
Dance –Etana Sissoko
Instrumental –Thomas Molano
Musical Theater –Jabari Lewis
Performance Theater –Ryan Murray
Technical Theater –Hailey Scott
Tupperware Visual Art –Maya Durham
Vocal –Abigail Rucker
Overall Scholar– Isabeau Tyndall
Debbie Fahmie Music Scholar –Billy Martinez
Kenton Cowboys Visual Art –Ricky Durga
Bobbi Mastrangelo Visual Art – Vanessa Galeano
Congratulations to each winner!

Another portion of the Arts Alive event was the selecting of one teacher from each school in the School District of Osceola County as a nominee for the 2019 Art Tteacher of the Year award. During the 2019 Art Alive program, four of Osceola County’s finest Art Teachers, two representing from Elementary Schools and two from Secondary Schools, were presented with Arts Teacher of the Year awards.

Elementary Arts Rookie of the Year –Susan Hileman, Deerwood Elementary
Secondary Arts Rookie of the Year –Danielle Akers, Kissimmee Middle
Elementary Arts Teacher of the Year –Michael Ortiz, Bellalago Academy
Secondary Arts Teacher of the Year –William Molineaux, Osceola County School for the Arts

Positively Osceola congratulates all of the outstanding students who received scholarships during the 2019 Arts Alive program, and also the teachers who were nominated for the Arts Rookie of the Year and Arts Teacher of the Year as well as the winners of the awards. They are all truly making a Positive Difference in Osceola County!

The City of Kissimmee will be showcasing an Art Exhibit with pieces provided by students who were a part of the 2019 Arts Alive program. These extraordinary pieces of art are on display in the Kissimmee City Hall until May 1, 2019. Thank you to Christian DeJesus, Daniela Santana, Maya Durham, Sean Plata, Ayomiku Adegbile, Vanessa Galeano, Ricky Durga, Nathalie Correa, Liana Santos, and Angelica Castillo Cruz for sharing your love of art with others. 

For twenty years, the ACE Coalition has held the annual Arts Alive event, showcasing some of the most talented students in the fine and performing arts from Osceola County. The support for the arts through the Arts Alive event, the ACE Coalition, the School District of Osceola County and the Osceola County Education Foundation is inspiring. Because of organizations like these students in Osceola County will be able to express themselves through their love of the arts. For more information on Arts Alive please visit www.aceosceola.org.