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Excellence in the Arts Award

The Cranbury Arts Council is pleased to offer an award for excellence in the arts.  This award is open to graduating high school seniors who reside in Cranbury, NJ, and attend public or private area schools.  This is a merit-based award and is open to all students dedicated to the arts.  Students in the areas of visual arts, film, photography, music (including instrumental and vocal), theatre arts, dance, and poetry are all eligible to apply for this award.  


Applications and supporting materials will be reviewed by the CAC Arts Award Committee.  The committee reserves the right to share the award between two students who demonstrate equal merit, or reserve the award for the next year if no applicant meets the full expectations of the award. The award will be presented in the amount of $1,000 to one student, or $500 to two students who have demonstrated equal merit.  The award winner or winners will be announced in June.


To be considered for the award, you must submit the following google form using the link below. In addition, you must email the following 3 supporting materials to  (Video submissions must be sent as a link through YouTube, Vimeo, or any other video-hosting website.)


1.  A resume of your accomplishments including years you have been dedicated to your art, competitions, awards, performances, exhibits, community          involvement in the arts, and any outstanding achievements that will show the committee the full scope of your dedication.


2.  One recommendation from a teacher or mentor that can speak to your accomplishments, no more than one page in length.


3.   Please submit any supporting materials you feel will give the committee a full appreciation of your talents.  Examples include:

       Video of your performance in music, dance, or theater - up to 10 minutes

       Example(s) of film(s) created by applicant

       5-10 examples from your art portfolio (photos/scans of your work)


The Cranbury Arts Council's 2022 Excellence in the Arts Award was presented to Princeton High School senior

Teddy Brendel

Congratulations to our 2022 Excellence in the Arts Award recipient, Teddy Brendel! Teddy will receive a $1,000 scholarship to pursue a BFA in Musical Theater from Syracuse University this fall. Teddy is a charismatic and extremely talented performer. He has excelled in musical theater not only at Princeton High School, but in surrounding community theaters as well. Teddy is also actively involved in all aspects of musical theater - he even created costumes for the Cranbury Middle School's production of Once on this Island. Teddy held an internship with a local non-profit musical theater camp during the pandemic, will be working as a camp counselor for the Cranbury Arts Council's musical theater production this summer.



2012: Alex Anderson (Instrumental Music, Syracuse University)

2013: Melissa Amico (Dance, Muhlenberg College) and

          Elizabeth Maxey (Instrumental Music, Princeton University)

2014: Evan Pavley (Visual Arts, School of the Visual Arts)

2016: Caroline Purdy (Musical Theater, Oklahoma City University)
2017: Edmund Cai (Visual Arts, University of Pennsylvania)
2018: Jake Borden (Instrumental Music, The Julliard School) and

          Mary Rose Brendel (Musical Theater, Penn State)

2019: Isabel Kinney (Theater/Performance Arts, Vanderbilt University)

2020: Kate Liggio (Dance/Georgetown University) and

           Conrad Hall (Theater/Muhlenburg College)

2021: Elaina Phillips (Visual Arts/Rutgers University)

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