A group of Randolph-Macon students has been awarded the Davis Projects for Peace
Grant, a prestigious award issued to only 100 groups each year. Cassie Morgan
’12, Derek Gayle ’11, Jill Porcelli ’11, Melissa Mowry ’11, and Tommy Proffitt ’11
collaborated to create the Arts for Change Today (A.C.T.) camp, which will be held
this summer at R-MC. Professor Ray Berry (arts) is the faculty advisor who endorsed
The R-MC group was selected on its proposal for a summer camp that will promote
peace through a study of artistic diversity. The group was awarded a $10,000 grant.
“We are excited to be able to give back to R-MC by branching out to the community,”
says Jillian Porcelli, co-founder of the group. “We hope to pass on our knowledge
and promote peace and diversity through art.” The grant is being managed by the
Student Affairs Office, and the project will be supervised by Assistant Dean James
The camp will take place on campus July 24 through July 30, and the student group
is in need of volunteers. “We need educators, artists and general volunteers” says
Cassie Morgan. “These supervisors will be able to provide assistance to classroom
activities as well as the overall management of the camp.” Below is a summary of
the group’s proposal.
Arts for Change Today (A.C.T.) is a non-profit, week-long summer camp for high school
students that helps utilize the arts as a means of opening the different channels
of communication regarding the importance of tolerance and diversity. Students will
gain an understanding of problems that are created through prejudice and hatred,
and will learn to use the arts to gain a deeper sense of self by showing that individuality
stands as a key to being part of a greater community.
R-MC students, faculty, and staff interested in volunteering should contact Tommy
Proffitt at firstname.lastname@example.org