Despite the challenges presented to arts education during distanced and hybrid learning with limited resources, Napa Valley students are prevailing, creating art worthy of recognition. Napa Valley College Theater Arts student Martina Sanchez was one of nine students honored in November by the the Arts Council Napa Valley Education Alliance (ACNVEA). The Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Student of the Month awards are presented for excellence in the disciplines of music, theater, and visual & digital arts.
Sanchez recently performed the role of “Johnny” in a re-imagined gender-swap Zoom production of “Night of the Living Dead.” Professor of Theater Arts/Department Head Jennifer King recognized Sanchez for her maturity. “She took direction with enthusiasm and was able to make adjustments to the acting style required for Zoom performance.” King added, “It is very different than theater acting. It requires tremendous technical skill to demonstrate a credible relationship on the digital stage.
Since its inception in 2019, ACNVEA has honored over fifty students, awarding scholarships to ten. Due to the stressful start of this school year, the awards were delayed by one month. Now teachers and students appear to have adjusted to the dramatic changes in arts education, finding new and original ways to create inspiring work.
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