Alyssa Krivak, an eighth-grader at S.E. Gross Middle School in Brookfield, is the first recipient of a scholarship through the LaGrange Art League’s Starts with Art program, a new initiative to provide children and teens with free art classes and art camps with all supplies included.

The LaGrange Art League collected $865 in donations to start the program and began searching for applicants by contacting local schools and asking them to nominate exemplary students who displayed interest and talent in art.

The art league has approved five students from three local elementary and middle schools. Teachers may nominate students and donors can contribute toward the program online at