Summer 2020 Newsletter
We are proud of our alumni, students, and school district for fighting for social justice and equality.

Alumni Ace Anderson '09 shares his powerful words in an honest poem "I am a Man" here and Amoila Cesar '07 shares his moving video on equality here . #ArtHeals

"First and foremost, something that has historically been absent from stands against racial injustice is education. It is virtually impossible to advocate for something you don’t understand...Educating ourselves and understanding gives us the power to overcome any hate that we may face...Today, we have the opportunity to transform the narrative that Black Americans have lived for so long, to mend what is broken. That comes through acknowledging that our system isn’t working and mobilizing to change that, together." We share in the written words of DSOA student Melodie Barrau in her latest article for The Muse which can be read in full here .

We know that meaningful change comes from looking within our own walls. We encourage you to join us as we listen, learn, and act. Helpful resources for parents and students on understanding race and fighting racism from The School District of Palm Beach County can be found here .

The Dreyfoos School of the Arts Foundation is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission. Read our full diversity, equity, and inclusion policy here .

Our mission is to enhance the art and academic programs at the internationally recognized Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts. And to that end we will continue to fund scholarships, supplies, and lessons for our students and bring in talented guest artists, all of diverse backgrounds.
Alex and Renate Dreyfoos have pledged $1 million for a scholarship for future nurses, having its first recipient this year.

Their pledge to the Dreyfoos School of the Arts Foundation will provide an annual scholarship for the education of a Dreyfoos student who pursues nursing as a career. It will be known as The Naomi and Ray Wess (in the bottom photo) Scholarship in Nursing as Established by Renate and Alex Dreyfoos (in the top photo).

Read the Florida Weekly article here .
“Dreyfoos has allowed me to learn from brilliant academic teachers without sacrificing my love for the arts. I will continue to use that multidisciplinary approach in college, my career, and beyond."

Read the full article on this year's Valedictorian - Paving the Path To Her Future: Angela Yan by Anamaria Navarrete here .

Congrats to all of our graduates! Watch the 2020 A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts Virtual Graduation here .
For the 30th anniversary of the vocal program, alumni reunite and present DSOA Alumni Virtual Choir with "God Is Seen" (arr. Alice Parker).

Video by Matt Minchew, Class of '03 and audio by Angela Ugolini, Class of '05. Direction under Arlene Sparks.
Scholarship Night 2020 went virtual. We gave out $160,000 to over 80 students. A special thank you to our donors and congratulations to our recipients! Watch here .
We unfortunately lost two alumni too young. Their families and friends created new scholarships with the Foundation in memory of their loved ones.
Duke Nelson: Check out memories here .
Alison Schwartz: Read the People Magazine article here .
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