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Call for 2019 ROWITA and Jr. ROWITA Fellowship Applications

Do you know a woman who has played a leading role in creating or nurturing the arts community in St. Johns County? Or, perhaps you know of a graduating high school woman (public, private or homeschooled) who intends to further her education in the arts and could use some help pursuing that dream.


The St. Johns Cultural Council has awards of recognition for both such women. The Cultural Council is currently seeking nominations for the ­ Dr. Gail Pflaster ROWITA Awards (Recognizing Outstanding Women in the Arts) and the Jr. ROWITA Fellowships.


The Dr. Gail Pflaster ROWITA award recognizes women who have made significant contributions to the arts community in St. Johns County over the course of their lifetime.

Lifetime achievement and the candidate’s impact in St. Johns County are the main criteria for the selection of the award. Artists of all disciplines, including literary, visual, and performance are eligible, as are women who have demonstrated exemplary support of the arts. Community members are encouraged to submit their nominations for this award before the December 1, 2018 deadline.


The Jr. ROWITA Fellowships are available to graduating Saint Johns County high school women (public, private or homeschooled) who are entering arts-based programs of higher education to advance their creative development. Fellowship awards are a monetary award of $500. Applicants must have either applied or been accepted into in a BFA program, a summer institute/intensive, or an arts workshop in order to be considered. The application deadline for the Jr. ROWITA Fellowships is the last day of February.


The ROWITA Recognition Ceremony will take place during Women’s History Month on March 31, 2019 at the Limelight Theatre at 3:00 p.m.


A “Take a Dunking for the Arts” will take place on Tuesday, October 9th from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00p.m. at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre Night Market.   Arts lovers can take aim at their favorite local arts celebrities in support of the Jr. ROWITA Fellowship scholarships.

Try your hand at dunking Steve Marrazzo, Sway DiFeo, Renee Unsworth, Mike Beaman, Trey Brewer, Harold George, Tommy Bledsoe, and Adam Morley. All money collected during the event will go to the scholarship fund.


Applications for both awards are available at Nominations should be e-mailed to as attachments in pdf, word, and jpg formats. If help is needed with online submissions call the St. Johns Cultural Council at 904-808-7330. The Cultural Council encourages submitting all applications by email but if you are unable to submit digitally please mail or bring your nomination to the St. Johns Cultural Council, 15 Old Mission Avenue, St. Augustine, FL 32084.

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