Miller Arts Scholars
The J. Sanford Miller Family Arts Scholars program, launched in 2011, is dedicated to creating and maintaining an environment that fosters awareness, education and advocacy for the arts on grounds by offering its scholars access to the finest arts resources the University has to offer. “Our family is passionate about the visual and performing arts,” Mr. Miller said. “We are proud to support this pioneering program that connects students with the very best arts experiences on the Grounds, and enhances and expands the creative possibilities they will encounter at the University.” This year, the Miller Arts Scholars program is in the midst of some important and exciting changes, including the implementation of a formal application process overseen by a newly-formed Miller Arts Scholars Faculty Advisory Committee, and the first-ever offering of rising third and fourth year awards. Miller Arts Scholars enjoy a variety of exclusive experiences, including attending regular meetings and outings that allow them to build connections with arts leaders on Grounds, and attending a College Arts Seminar, where internationally-acclaimed faculty share insights and perspectives on various issues related to their respective areas of expertise. During the summer between their third and fourth years of study, Miller Arts Scholars who choose to major or minor in Studio Art, Drama, Music or Dance are eligible for grants to support arts-related projects. These projects have recently found students immersed in projects right here in Charlottesville, in Germany, in Ghana and various other points around the globe. Recent highlights have included a summer in residence with an internationally-renowned dance company in New York and a summer internship at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C.