WICA announces Barbara Hatch LeBert Modern Dance Endowment

"The late Barbara Hatch LeBert and her husband Gordon LeBert.The Whidbey Island Center for the Arts has announced the Barbara Hatch LeBert Modern Dance Endowment, with the mission to expand, deepen, and encourage modern dance activity within the community of Whidbey Island.The memorial fund was established in 1999 by her LeBert's husband Gordon LeBert, in recognition of Barbara's efforts to establish Whidbey Island Center for the Arts and to promote appreciation for modern dance on South Whidbey.The endowment is augmented by contributions in her memory.Funds from the endowment will be awarded to local artists for training, development or education in modern dance or to support the creation, development, production, and presentation of a modern dance piece or concert. Funds can be used to cover tuition, travel and related educational costs.Annual scholarships of $1,000 or more will be awarded in June, with the amount based on scholarship request and available money. This year's applications will be accepted through May 25. A committee comprised of the WICA Board of Directors scholarship chair, WICA's executive director, and three members of the arts and dance community will review the applications during May. Criteria used in judging will include promotion of modern dance, clarity of the proposal, and feasibility of the project. We are excited to be able to honor this generous gift to our community and provide funds to a local dance artist this year, said Jann Johnston, scholarship chair.Barbara was a great lover of dance and a gifted performer, said Gordon LeBert. She studied and toured with Hanya Holm, a leading school of modern dance, in the 1930s. She would be delighted to support another artist in their dance career. Applicants should submit proposals to Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, P.O. Box 52, Langley, WA 98260. More information is available by calling WICA at 221-8262. "

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