“The reality of life in the 21st century is that the skills associated with artistic practices—creative thinking, self-discipline, collaboration and innovation—are vital to succeeding in a rapidly changing global economy,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. To recognize this, Americans for the Arts and the NABE Foundation, the charitable arm of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) presented Amy Serrano with the 2011 NABE Foundation Americans for the Arts Scholarship Award.
Lynch continued, “It’s a pleasure to partner with the NABE Foundation for the third year to recognize student achievement in both the arts and economics. These awards reflect a fundamental belief that the arts are a key component in helping to prepare students to exceed, and indeed thrive, in the workplace and society of the future.”
A native of Peru, Amy comes from a musical family. According to Amy, “I strongly feel and understand that it is my responsibility and duty to offer even half the opportunity that I received here in America to explore, learn and create music so that I can pass it on to others around my community and the world.” As part of a master’s program in Business Administration at Point Loma Nazarene University, Amy plans to combine her Finance and Economics education with her passion for music to create the first Bilingual Music Academy for inner city children.
Established in 2008, this is the third year for the award which was created to encourage the integration of the arts and economics. "Awarding the NABE-AFTA scholarship has not only proven an important investment in maintaining the out-of-the box creative thinking we need at a critical time in our economic history, but it has brought people into higher levels of education who might not have had access otherwise. Our applicants must not only demonstrate excellence but need as well, something that provides returns not only to the NABE Foundation, but society as a whole," said Diane Swonk, chief economist at Mesirow Financial and a NABE Foundation Board member. "This is one of a myriad of ways that the NABE Foundation is both enhancing the credibility and quality of economic analysis. It's about investing in human capital, plain and simple."
To hear from the 2010 scholarship winner, Sarah Cortell Vandersypen, check ARTSblog.
Read more about the NABE-AFTA scholarship.
*Photo of Amy Serrano.