Each autumn for the past 16 years, PCA’s Arthur C. Greene Rising Star Award has celebrated high school students who excel in the arts. Winners of this award are high school juniors and seniors selected by their teachers for their outstanding talent and promise in the arts. Arthur C. Greene was an actor, director, and Professor of Drama at the University of Virginia from 1960-1992. He devoted a large part of his life to encouraging the talents of young people, and the awards were so named in his honor.
On October 4, 2013, from 5:00-7:00pm, PCA will host the annual Rising Star Awards Celebration & Exhibition Opening. This event will honor the 2013 Rising Star winners, area high school arts students who have been nominated by their teachers for their excellence in and commitment to the arts. The Rising Star program is the only awards opportunity for high school students in a wide range of arts genres, including visual arts, film, drama, music, and writing. The winners are extremely talented 11th and 12th grade artists from ten area schools, public and private, who are recognized collectively by PCA at this community celebration. This year marks the 17th anniversary of the award, which PCA has given to more than 250 students, many of whom continue to study the arts in college and become arts professionals. The program, held every autumn, features student performances, awards ceremony, reception, and gallery exhibition featuring students’ accomplishments. The event is free to attend and open to the public.
Watch footage of live student performances from the 2013 Rising Star Awards ceremony!