zap goes to graduate school!

After all these years, I finally have the desire, matched up with 4 of the 5 mandatory things in place, in order for me to go to graduate school in dance!

1. I want to learn in their program
2. The school allows me to prove my 28 year career, with the college I did attend, equals an undergraduate degree (cuz I  never finished college, y'all...)
3. The school promotes inter-disciplinary arts
4. It is a low residential program
5. I get a full scholarship

I bet you can guess which number didn't line up!

Hollins University accepted me and awarded me scholarships for almost a third of the costs!!! So, I am asking my communities for help me pay the rest of my tuition.

and yes, literally any bit helps!

The Low Residency Program allows me to continue being a working artist during the year, and I have several incredible projects and residencies in the works for 2018. Hollins is the best fit and I am so excited to go!....and really proud to be accepted.

I need to raise a lot.


28947138_15231450250_r.jpegpart of a photo by: Will Kerner
(reaching for the stars...)

I need help with tuition, room and board on the cheap side, travel, books, school fees. I am very hopeful that I will find other scholarships and I am looking everyday. My first tuition payment is June 10th. Here is the skinny about the costs:

-$18,039 Scholarships Hollins awarded me =

for 2 summers:

Advising Fee, Portfolio Fee, Dance Thesis Fee, Technology Fee, Health Services, Parking,
CISI Insurance, Graduation Fee:

2 Flights to Germany, travel to and from airport and housing:
-$900 travel stipend=

Travel to NYC for 2 week class/retreat= $215
Food in NYC for 2 weeks=$250
Travel to Hollins=$160
Miscellaneous= I will deal with on the fly.
-$15,000 Private Investors =
$29,293 Needed

If you want a further break down of all costs, just email me.
Curious about the program?

The rest of my expenses of life I will cover with my art for art small animal paintings!

Also, if you are more interested in being a continual supporter of my art and community projects, check out my Patreon Page. There are lots of art goodies availible!

one of the 100 small animal paintings in my art for art campaign that SOLD OUT this fall!

I know that this focused immersed time with peers and mentors in this field of study will change my life. It will also give me the ability to teach where I am unable to teach now. It will take my art and what I offer to my communities I am so lucky to be part of, to a higher, more impactful, level.
I feel it in my bones.

My friends, family and peers have always supported my work, and for this I am eternally grateful!

I can not do this alone.

part of a photo by: Will Kerner (help me break through this wall...uh, of challenge, uh yes, to my education!)

Also, help doesn't always look like dollars. Sharing scholarship links, helpful contacts, this gofund me campaign, art painting jobs or sending me a postcard of fuzzy space aliens in the midst of my studies... all are invaluable ways to support me investing in my art and education. You know I am good for it. It will come back 10 fold to the world.

Thank You for your time in considering this!
Big Ole Hugs Y'all!
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Zap Mcconnell 
Pittsboro, NC
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