Visual Arts

Morris Fleisher Scholarship

Congratulations to Connie Ponce, the 2020 Morris Fleisher Scholarship recipient!

Connie is an 8th grade student at Eastbrook Middle School.  Connie developed a love for art in elementary school. She started drawing in 2nd grade and her teachers were very impressed with her work.  Over the years Connie’s interest in art has grown.  Connie has taken art classes at Eastbrook Middle School.  In 2019 Connie started an art club at Eastbrook.  Connie recruited other students to join the art club and was very enthusiastic about sharing her love for art.  Connie has taken art classes with the Creative Arts Guild since 2019.  Connie has enjoyed taking classes with the Creative Arts Guild and stated that the teachers and the classes have inspired her to continue to develop her love for art.  Connie is also involved in chorus at Eastbrook Middle School. 

What is the Morris Fleisher Scholarship?

Morris Painting of Violin and Ballet Shoes

Established in 2014 by David Fleisher (Morris' son) and his wife Susan, and Carol Kent (Morris' daughter) and her husband Peter, the Morris Fleisher Scholarship for the Visual Arts will be awarded each year in perpetuity to one or more deserving students. Each year, the Creative Arts Guild will select art students who have shown great promise, but are challenged by the cost of tuition.

Morris Fleisher lived in Dalton for 30 years and was actively involved in the Creative Arts Guild.  In addition to being a successful businessman, Morris embraced life with a wide range of interests that included world travel, life-long education, photography, music, and art.  After retirement, he became an accomplished painter and was also quite proficient at taking photographs of nature, especially birds.  A musician, Morris started his own dance band while at Auburn University and he continued to enjoy playing music, both piano and violin, throughout his life.

Morris Fleisher PortraitThe endowment was envisioned to honor Morris' work ethic, talent, love of the arts, and most of all, his generosity.   The family also hopes this scholarship will inspire others to make the arts an integral part of their lives. The Morris Fleisher Scholarship for the Visual Arts takes its place beside a similar scholarship endowment, the Rebecca Fleisher Scholarship for Dance, which is awarded each year in perpetuity to one or more deserving students.  As with the Morris Fleisher Visual Arts Scholarship, the Creative Arts Guild selects students (in this case, dancers) who have shown great promise, but are challenged by the cost of tuition.

Morris and his wife, Rebecca, were childhood sweethearts, so it seemed fitting to his family to set up a perpetual fund of this nature in Morris' name along with its companion endowment for dance scholarships in Rebecca's name.

If you are interested in applying for the Morris Fleisher Scholarship, email amandab@creativeartsguild.org.

Learn more about the Rebecca Fleisher Dance Scholarship.