Olivia reading at the 2015 Virginia Festival of the Book Award Ceremony

We are delighted to announce that Olivia Vande Woude as a recipient of the Piedmont Council of the Arts Rising Star Award, nominated by the Tupelo Press Teen Writing Center (TWC). The Award Ceremony will be held at Cityspace on Friday, October 2nd from 5:30-7:30pm! Join us in celebrating these stellar young artists!

We are also thrilled to note two other TWC students, Kayli Wren, and Saoirse Lee, are award recipients as well!

Stay tuned for more information about this talented young writer, and this significant acknowledgement from the Piedmont Council of the Arts. This year marks the 19th anniversary of the award, which PCA has given to more than 250 students, many of whom continue to study the arts in college and become arts professionals. The Rising Star program is the only awards opportunity for high school students in a wide range of arts genres, including visual arts, film, drama, music, and writing. We also receive nominations from area nonprofits, such as Live Arts, Light House Studio, Charlottesville Ballet, and Tupelo Press Teen Writing Center.