Can you write, sing or act? Auditions and a competition for Oakland youth

osaresize.jpgThe Oakland School for the Arts, a charter school started by former Mayor Jerry Brown, is holding auditions at 10 a.m. this Saturday and on Aug. 18. The school offers five arts emphases: instrumental music, vocal music, theater, dance or visual arts.

Applications can be found at www.oakarts.org and can be faxed to (484) 991-3203 through Aug. 9 for this weekend’s tryout and through Aug. 16 for next weekend’s.

If performing isn’t your thing (I can relate), maybe writing is.

DeVry, a national for-profit college, and MiGente.com, a social networking Web site for Latinos, is sponsoring a national essay competition with a $10,000 cash prize to use toward a college education.

In 750 words or less, students are asked to answer the following: “What is the Value of a Higher Education and How is it Important to the Latino Community?” In addition to the grand prizewinner, nine other finalists will each receive a $1,000 cash prize to use for college.

The essay deadline is August 19, 2007, which leaves you exactly 12 days to polish it off. Submission details are available by going to www.migente.com/devry.

Break a leg!

Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.

  • Caroline

    I blogged about Oakland School for the Arts here — its dress code and also the fact that it’s overwhelmingly female. That’s an easy way to keep achievement up and disruption down, but not viewed as really a kosher one in the education world.