Excellence in the Arts Award

The Cranbury Arts Council is pleased to offer a $1000 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 and photography, music (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 application for the 2020 award will be available in mid-winter.

The 2019 Excellence in the Arts Award was presented to Princeton High School senior Isabel Kinney.

Since her first role at age 7 as Mighty Mouse in CAC's production of Cinderella, Isabel has appeared in over 22 theater productions. Most recently, she appeared as Glory, Marvalyn, and Rhonda in Princeton High School's production of Almost Maine, Jacques in PHS's La Mouche, and as Reenie Flood in Spring Mill Garden Playhouse's The Dark at the Top of the Stairs.  Isabel is a two-time NJACT Perry Award winner as Outstanding Youth Actress in a Play for her portrayals of Anne Frank (2016) and Helen Keller (2013) at Kelsey Theater,  and she also received the Kelsey Theater Award for Outstanding Young Performer for her performance in The Diary of Anne Frank


Isabel has been active behind the scenes of several productions, serving as the light and sound board operator for Scott and Hem at Spring Garden Mill Playhouse, and assistant director for The Government Inspector at PHS. In addition, she was the publicity manager and a member of the Executive Board of Spectacle Theater at PHS. Since her debut in Cinderella in 2008, Isabel has been actively involved in every Musical Theater Workshop at CAC's summer camp, and has worked the last 5 years on set design and as the backdrop artist.

Isabel will pursue Theater/Performance Arts and History at Bowdoin College in the fall. CAC is pleased to recognize her exceptional dedication, passion and talent.

Past award winners

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, Bowdoin College)

Cranbury Arts Council

P.O. Box 643

Cranbury, NJ 08512

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