VMC Outreach Scholars
The VMC Outreach Scholars program focuses particularly, by invitation, upon the training and apprenticeship of young arts professionals: students who have shown the aptitude, self-discipline, and practical creative vision to become major agents for inclusive and participatory community music and dance in the future. Typically, the Outreach Scholars program is funded by matching grants from outside individuals, corporations, or non-profits and the VMC, in order to enable these students to participate in professional- and artistic-training events across the nation. In 2011, the first cadre of Outreach Scholars program "alumni" entered the work force, taking on jobs across the Southwest as music and dance specialists, matriculating into graduate programs, and building community arts initiatives in their new homes. The Certificate in Community Arts Entrepreneurship is considered the compliment and capstone to this program.