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Toe River Arts awards art scholarships each spring in amounts that range from $500 to $1000. Awards are given to a graduating high school senior or an adult continuing their education. Applicants must be from Yancey or Mitchell County and must be pursuing a degree in higher education majoring in any of the arts or arts education.

Toe River Arts Scholarships for the Arts are made possible by funding from the OMC Foundation to an Endowment Fund held by the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina.

2021 Scholarship for the Arts Recipients

This year, Toe River Arts is excited to congratulate recipient Lily Wieland, from Yancey County. She was awarded $1000 towards her college tuition this fall. She demonstrated a passion for her arts studies with artistic commitment and a willingness to take creative risks. Toe River Arts awards these scholarships to help emerging artists continue their education in the arts.

Lily Wieland graduated from Mountain Heritage High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and English from Wake Forest University in 2019. Since then, she has worked as a freelance stage manager across North Carolina and Massachusetts. In the fall, Lily will begin earning her Masters in Stage & Event Management at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, Wales.

Lily Wieland says, “I am forever grateful for your generosity in awarding me the Scholarship for the Arts. I have loved theatre since I took my first class at Mountain Heritage High School, and it is the Yancey County community that nurtured that love into a goal to become a professional theatre practitioner. I would never have dared to dream of pursuing a career in the arts without the support from my teachers and the vibrant artistic community here in Burnsville.”