A day dedicated to celebrating outstanding student achievement in visual, digital, and performing arts.
Thank you to our sponsors, advisory team and the community for your support!

Doors Open to TCR: 2 PM

Concessions open with Drinks, Food

Attend the student-led gallery featuring digital and visual honorees pieces.
Live artist Garrett Turner will create a piece on site, accompanied by piano player Elisabeth Kissling.

Garrett Turner - artist

Garrett Turner
Live Artist
Garrett Turner is a Cedar Rapids-based artist specializing in creating vibrant imagery in charcoal, paint and pastel art. His colorful designs have delighted audiences both locally and around the globe, a trait he says is made unique by his background as a self-taught hobbyist with no formal art education. Aside from creating art, he also teaches art classes at the Eastern Iowa Arts Academy in Cedar Rapids.

Elisabeth Kissling - piano

Elisabeth Kissling

Elisabeth Kissling’s love for the piano began at a young age, and she learned how to read music before she could read a book. She pursued her passion and obtained degrees in music and psychology from Coe College, followed by a degree in counseling from the University of Iowa. Elisabeth resides in Marion with her husband Josh, their teenage son, and rescue dog Hank. She is an avid traveler, an aficionado of fine coffee, and a lover of live music. One of her most notable experiences was playing Liberace’s crystal piano in Las Vegas

Doors to Auditorium Open: 2:30 PM

Program Start Time: 3 PM

Opening Act: Tone Da Boss

Tone Da Boss - performer

Tone Da Boss
Tone Da Boss is a nationwide touring hip hop artist from Iowa. Tone is known for his high energy performances with anthems, laughter, antics and all-around good entertainment. Whether it’s just him on stage or if he brings a guest, dancers, a live band or sometimes his daughter, you can always expect an entertaining performance. Tone’s song “Give Me My Ring” was used by the WNBA and NBA Champions, and “Victory Lap” was used by the NFL Super Bowl Champions. Tone is also the CEO of T1 Entertainment, the promotions and management company that runs Iowa Summer Jam and the Iowa Music Awards.


Honorees Group 1

Performance 2 – Rene’e Bryant

Rene'e Bryant - performer

Rene’e Bryant
Rene’e Bryant is the worship director at New City Church in Cedar Rapids doing what she is purposed to do and what she loves. She is a skillful songwriter and soulful singer with an impeccable ability to tell a story of God’s love and faithfulness, reaching audiences with her captivating stage presence and gift of song. A musical professional with a longstanding tenure, Rene’e has been fortunate to occupy stages with respected legendary icons in the music industry, including Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child. She’s been a part of the Soar Award Show, Stellar Award and BET Celebration of Gospel, to name a few.

Honorees Group 2

Youth Advocate Award 1 – Alisabeth Von Presley

Youth Advocate Award 2 – David Griffin

Closing Remarks

Closing Performance – Alisabeth Von Presely

Alisabeth Von Presley - performer

Alisabeth Von Presley
Alisabeth Von Presley is an award-winning songwriter, championship choreographer, and has been seen on ABC’s American Idol and NBC’s American Song Contest.

“Alisabeth is more than just a performer, she’s a force of nature” says one reviewer after watching AVP put on a 3-hour, high-energy show. “Her music is a fusion of dance, pop, and rock that will have you dancing along from the first beat, and this audience of over 1,500 would agree.” Her latest single, “Wonder,” was released on Atlantic Records and is the embodiment of what this pop rocker stands for – self-acceptance and rock ‘n’ roll.

When she is not on the stage herself, she can be found wearing crazy leggings teaching dance teams, show choirs and musical theatre productions for most of our area high schools and middle schools – currently celebrating her 14th year at Kennedy High School and her 17th year choreographing competitive show choir in the Corridor. Alisabeth opened her own studio to teach “Rockstar Lessons” last year, where she works one on one with students to focus on finding their voice, gaining confidence through singing, dancing and acting, as well as helping them lean into what makes them unique, rather than shying away from it.

Alisabeth’s signature pink hair and unapologetic rock ‘n’ roll style are what sets her apart from the rest. She believes that everyone deserves to feel like a rockstar, and she aims to accomplish just that through her music, her live show, and her open invitation to be yourself throughout everything she does.

Thank you to our emcee!

Diana Nollen

Diana Nollen
Arts & Entertainment Reporter
The Gazette

Diana provides an inside look at music, theater, art, and everything entertainment, events and things to do. It’s always fun to talk to the stars.

Rob Merritt

Rob Merritt
Director of Communications

Rob Merritt is an award-winning writer, editor, and videographer who currently serves as the Director of Communications for NewBoCo in Cedar Rapids. Rob spent a decade working in the journalism industry, including as the News Editor for The Gazette in Cedar Rapids, but he is also a familiar face as an actor on the Theatre Cedar Rapids stage. He also has written multiple stage plays and films including “The Summerland Project,” “Aurora,” “In The Silence” and “Amelia 2.0.” Rob is a graduate of the University of Iowa and is always exploring new ways to tell the stories of his community.