Villa Charities 2018 Annual Report VC19_AnnualReport_Interiors_Apr29_FNL2 - Page 24

BY THE NUMBERS columbus centre arts, youth & culture 95% of art school registrants are returning students 85% of music school registrants are returning students Columbus Centre’s Arts, Youth & Culture Department introduced new culinary and art programs, and provided new performance opportunities for music students in 2018. Following are some of the key highlights during the year. 95% of 2017-18 music scholarship winners returned in 2018-19 COLUMBUS CENTRE SCHOOL OF MUSIC Students in the music program continued to attain higher levels of excellence while program enrollment remained steady. For the first time ever, the school participated in the Cantagiro International Youth Singers Competition, held in Fiuggi, Italy. Following a selection process that included five Columbus Centre vocal students, 17-year-old Sophia Lygdas was chosen to represent the school. At the competition, Sophia advanced to the semi-finals and, in recognition of her talent, was also asked to perform an opening song to welcome guests to the competition. Sophia has been taking vocal and piano lessons at the Columbus Centre since she was a child. The School of Music secured more performance opportunities for students, including a pair of vocal students who sang the national anthem at Villa Charities’ Giro Cycling Fundraiser. 24 VILLA CHARITIES ANNUAL REPORT CULINARY PROGRAMS A new series of unique and distinctly Italian culinary workshops was introduced in the fall of 2018. Led by Italian born and raised chef Franco Berti, the workshops focus on the creation of classic, rustic Italian dishes with a contemporary flair. Participants were actively involved in the creation process, and learned about the ingredients and Italian regions of the dishes they created. The workshops quickly became a popular success with a multi-generational following. ART PROGRAMS The department’s Art Programs were enhanced significantly in 2018. Monthly, one-day Impressionist Painting Workshops were introduced to appeal to those who don’t wish to register in a full course. Students explored their artistic talent in a relaxed and social atmosphere as they recreated classic impressionist works such as Monet’s “Water Lilies” and Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night.” Some workshops were so popular that they sold out, and a second class was added. 25