Open Space for Visual and Performing Arts summer immersion experience accepting applications

Open Space for the Visual and Performing Arts immersion experience for high school students is now accepting applications for the 2021 summer experience at

The immersion programs — one for visual arts and one for performing arts — will run concurrently the same week, Sunday, June 6 through Saturday, June 12, 2021, on the Hastings College campus.

Open Space logoOpen Space for the Visual Arts accepts up to 35 high school students who are currently juniors and display a high level of artistic ability. Selected students will spend their week in the world-class Jackson Dinsdale Art Center to gain hands-on experience in a range of art mediums and meet Hastings College faculty to discover future opportunities for careers in art.

Open Space for the Performing Arts will accept 35 high school sophomores and juniors with exceptional talent and interest in pursuing music and/or theatre in college. This group will focus on advanced techniques and styles within a specific area of music (instrumental, piano, vocal) or theatre (acting, technical theatre).

Open Space for the Visual Arts and Performing Arts is valued at more than $1,000, but the Jackson Dinsdale Endowment Fund at the Hastings College Foundation generously grants each student a $750 scholarship to attend, lowering the student commitment to $250. However, no student will be turned away due to finances, as additional assistance is available to families who qualify for the free and reduced lunch program.

Student applications require a letter of recommendation and an audition or portfolio. The deadline to apply is March 15, 2021.

Hastings College is a four-year residential college that focuses on student academic and extracurricular achievement, Hastings’ student-centered initiatives include providing books, an iPad and a two-week study away experience at no additional cost. A block-style semester schedule allows professors and students to focus on fewer classes at a time and promotes hands-on experiences. Discover more at

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