American Foundation for Arts Education Scholarship

American Foundation for Arts Education Scholarship

The American Foundation for Arts Education, formerly The Dr. Carol Channing and Harry Kullijian Foundation for The Arts, was founded by Broadway legend Carol Channing and her late husband, Harry Kullijian. In 2010, the Congress and Senate of the United States unanimously passed HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 275 designating the second week of September as “National Arts In Education Week” and endorsing the vital need for an arts education in our schools, inspired by the work of Ms. Channing and Mr. Kullijian.

Mr. Kullijian was raised and educated in San Francisco and entered the military in 1942 upon graduation from the University of San Francisco. He earned three battle stars including China, Burma and India. He returned home and became a real estate broker and building contractor before being recalled to the European theatre of operations during the Korean conflict. He also served as the Mayor of Modesto, California while also becoming one of the founders of CLEAN (Citizens Leading Effective Action Now). Mr. Kullijian legacy lives on through his wife Dr. Carol Channing.

Dr. Carol Elaine Channing is an American actress, singer, dancer, comedian, and voice artist. She won the Golden Globe Award and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Muzzy Van Hossmere in Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967). On television she has made many appearances as an entertainer on variety shows, from The Ed Sullivan Show in the 1950s to Hollywood Squares. Channing was nominated for her first Tony Award in 1956 for The Vamp. Her second nomination came in 1961 for Show Girl. In 1964 she originated the role of Dolly Gallagher Levi in Hello, Dolly!, winning the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. She received her fourth Tony Award nomination for the musical Lorelei in 1974. Lorelei was a re-imagining of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, a 1949 musical that also starred Channing in the lead role of Lorelei Lee, which made her a star. Channing was inducted to the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 1981, and received a Lifetime Achievement Tony Award in 1995. She continues to perform and make appearances, singing songs from her repertoire and sharing stories with fans, cabaret style.