Artists of Promise recognizes student talent

by Emily Balli

Maricopa Community Colleges will be giving recognition to some of the district’s greatest student talent in the annual Artists of Promise event on April 15.

This year, the event will take place at the Herberger Theater in Phoenix.

This is the eleventh Artists of Promise event, and many students and faculty are excited to see what this year’s event brings.

“My favorite part of the event is watching the wonderful student performances. The artists are so talented and there is such a wide variety of talent that is shown. It has also been a lot of fun following some of their careers as several of them have gone onto successful careers in the arts,” Linda Speranza, Mesa Community College Ceramics Art Faculty and Fine Arts Coordinator, said.

Students from almost every Maricopa Community College will be featured and honored in the event.

The Artists of Promise event has been very successful in years past.

Programs and Events Coordinator of Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction, Don Jensen-Bobadilla, is hopeful for its continued success this year.

“Each year, we honor and recognize our talented fine and performing arts students in Maricopa Community Colleges. It has, and continues, to be a successful event each year,” Jensen-Bobadilla said.

Students are selected to perform in the Artists of Promise event based on their work in competitions that are held prior to the event in the fall and spring semesters.

The winners in a wide variety of categories including physical art mediums, writing, dance and choreography, theatre, and music and composition, are chosen by a group of esteemed judges.

In total, about 30 students from Glendale Community College will have their art featured and will be performing at the Artists of Promise Event or have placed in a specific category and won an award for their work.

At least one GCC student will be represented in almost every category of awards.

The event will not only show the public how full of artistic potential students within Maricopa Community Colleges are, it will also show how well Maricopa Community Colleges are at fostering creativity in students.

“I am always happy to see how many of our audience is impressed as they didn’t know the community colleges had so many programs in the arts and such diversity of programming,” Speranza said.

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Herberger Theater with an hour-long art exhibit and reception that will include refreshments.

The exhibit will feature a variety of student artwork including oil paintings, digital paintings, photography, and other mixed media art pieces. In addition some student made ceramic, stoneware and porcelain art will be on display as well.

Copies of “Passages,” a compilation of winning creative writing pieces from students, will also be passed out during the event. The copies are free to all who attend.

At 6:30 p.m. the live performances will begin. The live portion of the show will consist of a variety of dance, theatrical and musical performances.

During this part of the event many students will also be awarded and honored for their artistic talent.

The event will take place on April 15, and starts at 5:30 p.m. Anyone can attend the event, as it is open to the public and the event is free to attend.

It will be held at the Herberger Theater, which is located at 222 E. Monroe Street in downtown Phoenix. For more information visit

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