In December 2020, 50,000feet announced the underwriting of two scholarships in partnership with the Chicago Public Schools and the Design Museum of Chicago as well as the financial support of the Cooper Union Saturday Program in New York City. Made in honor of 50,000feet’s staff and clients, both of these financial contributions are designed to support students and their families with financial resources to pursue their passion for the arts.
50,000feet also led the judging and selection process of Advanced Arts Program scholarship recipients, in partnership with the Design Museum of Chicago. From among the hundreds of submissions—ranging from performing arts and music to fine arts and dance—the team selected three students, increasing the number of scholarships awarded due to the impressive talent displayed.
We’re proud to announce the following scholarship recipients. Please join us in congratulating them on their achievement. We’re excited to see where their artistic talent takes them next.
Laylah Freeman, Theater, Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences
Ariana Winters, Creative Arts and Ceramics, Disney II Magnet School
Tyler King, Drawing and Painting, Kenwood Academy High School
Read the full article published by Graphic Design USA below.
50,000feet Funds Student Arts Program
Independent global brand consultancy and creative agency 50,000feet is underwriting two scholarships in partnership with the Chicago Public Schools and the Design Museum of Chicago as well as providing financial support for The Cooper Union Saturday Program, which prepares students to apply to and excel in undergraduate programs by combining arts outreach, near-peer mentorship and social justice education into a curriculum committed to equitable, diverse, anti-racist, pro-LGBTQIA and de-colonial work and learning spaces. Both of these financial contributions are designed to support students and their families with financial resources to pursue their passion for the arts.
According to the agency, the pandemic has highlighted, among other things, the critical need for social and academic activities that contribute to personal development and the quality of life. Investing in public art education allows the team at 50,000feet to promote creativity and appreciation of the arts with more students at key points in their lives and encourage essential skills in communication, problem-solving, emotional intelligence and self expression. “Picasso reminds us that within every child, there is an artist, but that talent isn’t fully realized if it’s not supported,” observes Tracy West, Group Creative Director at 50,000feet. “We’re excited to work with Chicago Public Schools and the Design Museum of Chicago to help students access resources that build their skills and confidence and recognize their talent and achievements. To have an opportunity to witness what they love to do and provide reinforcement to continue with their aspirations is truly inspiring for our team.”