Events: Arts Alive


There is still time to purchase a table for Arts Alive!  Individual tickets can be purchased for $110.

Call the office at 850-767-4111 to reserve a table. 



We want to congratulate the following performers on their successful auditions for Arts Alive 2022:

Emery Nichols
Nicole Bennett
Olivia Scott
Rylie Nichols
Christopher Eadie
Kimiko De Leon
Karleigh Slate
Maddox Good
Angel Mack
Julie Eadie
Abbygale Mellen
Paige Register
The Sandspurs (Colin McEliece, Anthony Montgomery, Trevor Tomlin, Philip Smith, Gage Debruhl, Ella Seiber & Jesse Reese)
Claire Rich
David Weldy
Ashley Shores
Kirstin Arnold & Hannah Arrigo (Duet)
Anna Waggoner & Karleigh Slate (Duet)
Delisa Youngblood Welch



Meet the 2022 Adjudicators! 


Christina Maxwell currently works for Related Companies as the Executive Director of High Line Nine Galleries, New York City’s leading experiential gallery, and as a leader on Art & Culture Special Projects throughout the Related portfolio.  Experienced in many facets of the arts sector, Maxwell is a published writer, singer, actress and public speaker.  Most recently, Maxwell performed with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra musicians on EDGE for the 4th of July, and can currently be seen on television as the new face and voice of the HUMIRA National commercial campaign.  Maxwell also previously served as a Pediatric Oncology Arts Therapist for the New York City nonprofit, RipRap, providing one-on-one music and art sessions to children battling cancer. During her undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan, Maxwell was awarded the prestigious UMS 21st Century Artist internship and Actors Equity Association Award, and founded Music at Mott, an outreach program bringing hope to patients at Mott Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Kelly Stokes is a Teaching Artist at Salt Creek Ballet in Hinsdale, Illinois, and also serves at the Community Engagement Coordinator. She received her Ed.D. degree in dance education from Temple University in 2001, and previously received both B.A. and M.A. degrees in Physical Education/Dance Education at the University of Southern California. For five years she taught dance in the public schools to 4-8th grades in Charlotte, N.C. as part of the Basic Education Program. While living in Charlotte she also taught dance at a variety of other venues including Spirit Square Center for the Arts and Education, the Community School of the Arts, and The Charlotte Children’s Theatre. Through these teaching experiences Dr. Stokes was able to pursue a key professional passion: that of creating inspiring and motivating dance experiences that are available to children and adults alike.
Dr. Stokes continued to pursue this passion as the Temple Dance Department’s Outreach Coordinator. In her doctoral research study, LEAPing toward Change: A Portrait of Teacher-Artist Collaborative Instructional Practice in the Elementary Classroom, Dr. Stokes examined the ways in which teachers and dance and drama artists collaboratively developed interdisciplinary curricula.  
From 1997 to 2005, Dr. Stokes was a dance instructor at the Salt Creek Ballet (SCB) in Westmont, Illinois. In this position she successfully developed age-appropriate curriculum and lesson content for Creative Dance and Pre-Ballet classes, ages 3-6.
Her current position as SCB Community Engagement Coordinator and Teaching Artist includes co-writing and implementing grants for artist-in-residencies at various partner schools, developing and teaching lessons as an artist-in-residence, recruiting and directing company dancers to perform at various lecture-demonstrations at libraries, schools and other public venues; collaborating with classroom teachers and itinerant music and art teachers to incorporate the study of ballet into other subject areas including language arts, music and visual art, and creating ballet study guides for classroom teachers in preparation for attending performances of The Nutcracker, Carnival of the Animals, Sleeping Beauty and Alice in Wonderland ballets.
Besides her current part-time duties as the Community Engagement Coordinator and teaching artist at SCB, Dr. Stokes serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Humanities department at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Since 1997 she has also taught a variety of courses to K-8 students at the Avery Coonley Summer Program in Downers Grove, IL, including choreography, creative movement, musical theater, and dance for music video and film-making.
Dr. Stokes is a member of the National Dance Educators Organization.


Arts Alive Audition Announcement- Auditions Close Feb. 10!



Do you play an instrument? Are you a modern, ballet, hip-hop, jazz or ballroom dancer? Maybe you have prepared a theater scene monologue or you perform stand-up comedy?  Or do you write and/or recite poetry?  Perhaps you have a unique performing arts talent?  If so, we cordially invite you to apply for Bay Education Foundation Arts Alive. New & unique acts are encouraged!
 We are now accepting applications for the 2022 Arts Alive Showcase. We are excited to announce that this year's audition process will be through a video submission.  We hope that this new system makes the audition process more accessible to our full community of performers.

Arts Alive auditions are moving to a digital format this year. This document will provide you with the information you need to complete your application, including the Guidelines and Requirements for recording your audition video. Please take a moment to review these instruction before you begin your online application. 



1. Any employee of or student in BDS is eligible to audition for Arts Alive. 

2. Solo and group acts are eligible. Students auditioning for Arts Alive must be Bay District Schools students OR be a member of a group that is majority BDS students. 

3. Any student may audition with multiple acts. 


There will be NO live auditions. All auditions will take place via a digital submission process. Video Recordings are due by January 31 at 11:59pm and must be submitted using the following criteria.

  •  Videos must be un-edited. Videos may be trimmed to meet time requirements but may not be digitally manipulated or enhanced. This observance is a matter of personal integrity. 
  • Videos must be seven minutes or less. If performing more than one movement, do not stop the video between pieces. We understand your performance piece/act may be longer than seven minutes, so feature the excerpt you want the judges to see for your audition video.
  • Videos may not contain information which could identify the performer. Do not introduce yourself. 
  • Videos may be submitted in any format that is supported by Google. 
  • Use the following template to name your file before uploading:
    •  “Last Name_First Name_ Group or Act Name” 
  • You will be judged only on what you submit. If accompaniment is required, live accompaniment is strongly preferred. However, for the recording of this audition only, a live accompanist may be substituted for a Music Minus One or a backing track. Live accompaniment will be required for the performance. 
  • You will not be judged based on the digital quality of your video. We understand most candidates will record using their phones, and this is fine! Choose a space and camera angle that allows the judges to hear and see the best acoustical and visual aspects of your performance.
  •  You may not use a previously recorded video. All videos must be recorded between December 15, 2021 and January 31, 2022. 


It is recommended to complete the full online application in one session. Have the following items prepared before you begin your written application. Do not submit your application before you have recorded your video. 


1.   Brief description of your act

2.   Video Submission meeting the criteria and guidelines stated above


1.  Name, Affiliate School, and T-Shirt Size for all group members 

2.  Brief description of your act

3.  Video Submission meeting the criteria and guidelines stated above


Judging will be done by 3-4 professionals in the Visual and Performing Arts fields who will not know the identity of the candidates. Candidates will be reviewed using a numbered system so as to maintain equitability and fairness in the audition process. Judges will independently score videos using a standard rubric. Their scores will be submitted to the BEF office, where they will be tallied with the other judges’ scores for a final overall score for each act.  Candidates will be scored in the following categories: 

1. Overall Technique 

2. Overall Artistry 

3. Impression 

4. Creativity


1. Do a test recording in the location you’ve chosen at the time you’ve decided to record. Natural light changes during the day.

2. Make sure the camera is close enough to catch your facial expressions if you are performing solo, but far enough to capture all activity on the stage (for groups). 

3. Having someone in the room with you is really helpful while recording. They can help you with quality control, but they can also give you an audience to perform to! 



Best of luck on your audition! If you have any questions, please reach out to the Bay Ed Office.





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