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Gamma Chapter Honors Young Artisan

Gamma Chapter Honors Young Artisan

Newark, NJ, May 31st, 2024— The Young Artisans Award has been an exciting initiative in the fraternity since 2015. With the purpose of honoring emerging artists living within the service areas of a chapter. The selected artists must display artistic accomplishment and a willingness to learn, grow, serve, and be mentored.  The Gamma Chapter, serving the city of Newark, selected 1 student after reviewing numerous highly accomplished applicants. 

Onnieya Martin is a 12th-grade student attending Arts High School, where she is a vocal major. .  Her artistic interest is in singing. Not to mention playing sports( basketball, volleyball, track & field).  Ms. Martin will attend Georgian Court University majoring in Political Science with a minor in Music on a Basketball Ball Scholarship. 

Mrs. Devonne DeNose, Arts High School principal expressed “It was an honor and a privilege to witness such a beautiful event recognizing and honoring Arts High School’s artist-scholar, Onnieya Martin. I want to thank the members of the Gamma chapter of Gamma Xi Phi, Fraternity for Artists for their work and dedication to inspiring young artists and supporting the arts.”

Bro. Keivon Hemmings, an Arts High School alum, class of 2014 had this to say: “It’s been a pleasure to be a part of giving this deserving scholarship to an even more deserving student! Onnieya and students like her are the reason why we give this award. We wish her luck on entering college and we are eager to be there as a support system. Arts High strong!” Ms. Martin will receive access to the knowledge and expertise of the chapter members. A bag of gifts compiled by the chapter and a $250 scholarship. This was the first time the Gamma Chapter has given out the award and can’t wait to continue for years to come. 

Gamma Xi Phi is a predominantly African American organization of men and women in the arts, including literature, visual art, music, theater, and dance. GXP was established at Ramapo College in Mahwah, New Jersey, on October 7, 2010, on the principles of Philanthropy, Sodality, and Elevation.

Gamma Xi Phi honors artists’ achievements through fellowship, philanthropy, social justice, and service.

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