2016 Scholarship Program

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We are entering the third year of our IA Scholarship Program! It all began in 2014 with scholarships for two students and funding for an Art Teacher in Mathare Valley, Kenya in partnership with Mathare Community Outreach (MCO). In 2015 we added one scholarship student from Hope Academy in S. Minneapolis, and one student from Santo Domingo, D.R. in partnership with Kristin and Joselo Santana and Mundo de Fe. (Scholarship recipients pictured above: Top L-R Henry Aol, Winnie Otieno (MCO), middle L-R Philister Miruka (MCO), Stephanie Aquino (Hope), bottom – Adriel Santos (D.R.). Meet the students HERE. This year our goal is to double the number of scholarship recipients to ten! Most of this funding we hope will come from our annual Scholarship Dinner and Silent Auction on March 11th, 2016. If you would like to participate in the scholarship fund click here to donate and specify “scholarships” in the memo section of your donation.

The mission of Inverted Arts is to empower disadvantaged youth by helping them discover and unleash their creative voices. The purpose of the IA Scholarship Fund is to invest in the artistic and academic development of former students and interns with the hope that scholarship students will return to their communities and invest in the creative potential of the younger students there.

2016 Scholarship Program Goal:

Mathare Valley, Kenya with MCO

5 students – $1,000/year each for up to four years

1 Art Teacher Salary Support – $3,000/year on-going

Santo Domingo, DR with Kristin and Joselo Wolford and Mundo De Fe

2 students – $1,000/year each for up to four years

Minneapolis, MN with Hope Academy

2 student – $2,500/year each for up to four years

Total IA Commitment $15,000/year

General Criteria:

Student graduates with a High School diploma from partner institution (or other local high school) with a minimum grade level requirement.

Student enrolls in an accredited college for 2-4 year program

Priority given to students pursuing the arts as a major or minor


After an open application and essay process, award recipient is selected by partner committee and approved by IA. Program and funds are administered by IA and partner organization staff.


Student maintains enrollment and minimum grade level requirements

Student serves as Artist Mentor assistant at annual Art Camp or Art Exploration program

Student completes progress update two times per year.