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The Project 2020

December 11, 2019

The Project 2020

APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 20, 2020 at 5pm

High School Students in Visual, Music & Performing Arts:

The faculty of Athens State University and Calhoun Community College, along with the Alabama Center for the Arts, invites high school students to apply for acceptance to a 2-week Summer Arts Pathway Program – The Project 2020. The Project is an intensive, 2-week, summer camp experience, open to rising sophomore, junior, and senior high school students. Students accepted to the program will work with our Athens State and Calhoun faculty on a collaborative project using all aspects of Fine and Performing Arts. Participation in The Project will grant those student participants the opportunity to earn scholarships for attending Calhoun Community College and Athens State University.

The Project 2020, now in its second year, is being co-directed by Jax Vadney (Athens State Theatre Arts faculty) and Chris Vrenna (Calhoun Music Production faculty). Additionally, we have two full time instructors, Kim Parker (Calhoun Film and Visual Arts faculty) and Jessica Spowart (Athens State Graphics Design and Visual Arts faculty), on the The Project 2020 team. During The Project, students will engage, work and learn from our faculty, as well as current students from both of our Athens and Calhoun programs, allowing them to experience what it is like to be a student in our Visual and Performing Arts programs at the Alabama Center for the Arts.

Each summer, The Project’s focus is on exploring and creating new works in the arts. During The Project 2020, students will create and produce short films that will be shown during The Project’s Film Festival on the final day of camp. Students will explore every aspect of this artistic endeavor, from concept to writing to designing to filming and editing. Included in this 2-week experience are Master Classes in Pottery, Sculpture, Music and Sound Design, and Acting for Film, as well as 2 community building events on Wednesday afternoons.

Participation in The Project is free. Lunches and snacks are included daily. The Project runs from 8:30am-3:30pm on Monday-Friday of each of the 2 weeks. Please note, the only exception to this schedule is on Wednesdays for the community events, which will extend the day on Wednesdays to 6pm.

Students must be available to attend the full 2-week program, which is scheduled for June 8-12 and June 15-19, 2020. To be considered for acceptance into this program, student applicants must:

  • Complete an application form available through Google Forms
  • Submit a Letter of Recommendation
  • Digitally submit samples of their work
  • Submit a short 500-word essay to describe a concept for a short 2-4 minute film (scene), please note that we are looking for scene concepts with 4 characters or less.

Specifics about the Letter of Recommendation, Samples of Student Work, and the Essay are all posted on the online application. All application materials can be submitted to or by March 20, 2020 at 5pm. Please note, students who are accepted to participate in The Project 2020 will be notified via email starting April 20, 2020.

To share this experience with other high school students, please have them go to for more information.

Application Materials & Information:

The pdf of the application can be printed, completed, scanned and then sent to the same emails above with the other documentation for application. Additionally, please see the pdf of our “What to Bring to Camp/What Not to Bring to Camp” list and a FAQ sheet.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact either Jax or Chris using the following contact information:

Jax Vadney:
(256) 260-4295

Chris Vrenna:
(256) 306-2692