*The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) and the Congressional Black Caucus Spouses will recognize the contributions of author Alice Walker and filmmaker Robert Townsend during tonight’s 14th Annual Celebration of Leadership in the Fine Arts in Washington.
The event, to be held from 8 to 10 p.m. at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, will be hosted by Tony nominated actress Sheryl Lee Ralph, wife of State Senator Vincent Hughes (PA.) and founder of “Simply Singing Divas,” a foundation that has raised over five million for HIV awareness around the world.
More than 350 performing and visual arts students applied for the CBCF national scholarship program – an increase of about 33 percent from last year. Twenty students will receive scholarships; 10 in performing arts and 10 in visual arts.
“The increase in scholarship applications indicates the importance of the arts programs in schools,” said CBCF Board Chairman and former teacher Rep. Donald M. Payne of New Jersey. “The Foundation and the Spouses recognize that students should have a full realm of academic challenges as well as opportunities to explore the fine arts.”