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Britt opens applications for Arts Career Exploration program

The year-long program is open to high school juniors in the Medford School District

April 24, 2015 

MEDFORD, OR — Britt Music & Arts Festival is now accepting students for its second year-long Arts Career Exploration (ACE) program, open to high school juniors from the Medford School District. Twelve students will be selected to participate in the program, which will begin this summer, and culminate in a student-curated performance in the Britt Performance Garden in June 2016.

ACE is open to applications from students who will begin their junior year of high school in the fall of 2015, with some background or interest in the arts, and who will commit to the 12-month long program. Special emphasis will be placed on selecting candidates who are English language learners, special education students, students facing financial hardship and underrepresented minorities. Contact Britt Education and Engagement Director Kay Hilton for details at or at 541-690-3852.

Hilton says, “This program demonstrates to students the variety of careers available in the arts. Several of the students who have participated in the first year of the ACE program are now seriously considering careers in arts-related fields, from performance to stage management to marketing. We’re pleased with how the first year has gone so far, and are excited to continue the program for a new group of students.”

Throughout the year of study, the 2015-16 ACE students will work with Britt staff by job shadowing, attending concerts and events, participating in discussions with artistic and executive leadership, and completing assignments and projects that challenge the students to articulate an artistic vision. In the spring of 2016, the ACE participants will function as a "mini-Britt," each taking responsibilities that culminate in a professional concert for the community in Britt's Performance Garden.

The ACE program began in 2014 with a “Connecting Students to the World of Work” grant from the Oregon Arts Commission (OAC). The grant was designed to better prepare underserved students for the work force by offering programs that engage students in the professional elements of an artistic/creative career field. Throughout the project, the students gain practical skills and knowledge that will make them more college and/or work force ready. The OAC has provided some additional funding to start the second year of the project, and Britt will seek other sources of support to fully fund the project.

Applications for the second year of ACE open up as the first ACE participants are finishing up their year of study. The inaugural ACEs are planning their final project of a student-curated concert on the Performance Garden at the Britt hill. Details on this concert will be announced by ACE students soon.

Inspired by its intimate and scenic hillside venue, Britt Music & Arts Festival provides diverse live performances, an incomparable classical festival and dynamic education programs that create a sense of discovery and community. Since its grassroots beginnings in 1963, the non-profit organization has grown from a two-week chamber music festival to a summer-long series of concerts in a variety of genres, including a three-week Classical Festival, and year-round education and engagement programs. For more information, visit