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Alum Establishes Art Scholarship at AU

By Jessica Tabak

Photo courtesy of Annemarie Kaim Collins

“If fine arts were supported like sports are in our society, there would be no starving artists,” notes Annemarie Kaim Collins, MFA fine arts ’87. An artist and poet currently living in Martinsburg, West Virginia, Collins recently established the Anne Kaim Collins endowment at AmericanUniversity. This scholarship fund is dedicated to increasing the opportunities of the university’s MFA students in studio art and creative writing.

“People who follow paths of creativity do not have the same guarantees in life as those pursuing other professions,” Collins says. “I wanted to create this fund at AU, which had a major role in shaping me as an artist, to help fine artists and writers do what they really want to do.”

Promoting Arts across the Mid-Atlantic

In 2003, Collins co-founded Athens on the Opequon. This non-profit organization serves two purposes: promoting interest in traditional poetry, literature, and fine arts and increasing opportunities for regional artists and writers.

Once a month, society members meet to facilitate workshops with local writers, and they are regularly invited to speak at local schools about issues related to cultural awareness and arts appreciation. The group also organizes “Hearts for the Arts.” This two-day, bi-annual festival that features more than 50 writers and visual artists who, through sharing and selling their work, demonstrate the importance arts have within the community.

Calling all AU Artists

Collins welcomes AU students, staff, faculty, and alumni to exhibit their work at Athens on the Opequon’s upcoming “Fall for the Arts” festival, scheduled to take place September 13–14 in nearby Martinsburg, WV. For more information please visit