Scholarship set up in local musician’s honor

Published 7:43 pm Wednesday, May 9, 2018

She’s known for her colorful outfits and a big smile; her presence at Music in the Streets, dressed as a clown and playing tunes on her accordion; and her lifelong love of music. Now, Robin Roberson Potts will be known for giving the gift of art and art experiences to local children.

The “On Robin’s Wings Art Scholarship for Youth” has been established at Arts of the Pamlico, which will support children ages 6-18 years old in participating in arts programs and camps offered by the nonprofit.

“You know, I would say that her love of the arts and music is something we hope all community members have but some (people) have from an early age, have a passion like Robin has from an early age,” said Arts of the Pamlico Executive Director Debra Torrence. “If we can instill that in children and light that fire at a young age, it’s a beautiful and lasting legacy.”

Torrence said an anonymous donor came forward with funds that will provide $1,000 each year for scholarships for program and camp fees. A conversation between the donor and AOP determined the best use of the funds and the best way to honor Potts were one and the same — as a child, Potts’ musical interest was fostered by her mother, Frances Morgan, and she took lessons from Washington piano teacher Aileen Jones for many years, according to AOP. That opportunity will be passed on, according to Torrence.

“(The) funds will help to keep the cost of arts programs for youth affordable for area families and increase access to the arts for the community’s youth,” Torrence wrote in an email.

Potts and her husband, Zoph, have been longtime supporters of the arts and Arts of the Pamlico, and AOP will install a plaque and picture of Potts in AOP’s Turnage Theatre in honor of the donation.