The History of Spotlight on Talent

The "Spotlight on Talent" Competition began 34 years ago, produced by the new organization Heritage Arts Center Association. It began under the leadership of Sally Blackwood, with the idea to encourage the budding talent of young students in the performing arts. The first several years the contest was held at the fairgrounds during the county fair, then at the high school gym, and then for many years at the Pasco Middle School Auditorium. Several years ago it outgrew this facility and is now held at the first rate Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel High School.

 The competition is put on by the 15 member Board of Directors of HACA, with the help of friends from the community, and all are volunteers. Community sponsors have always allowed us to generously reward young people for their hard work in developing their talents. Every year, as word of the excitement and quality talent spreads, more and more young people participate. We are thrilled the response to this contest has mushroomed in the last few years, with several hundred students participating annually.  They come from Pasco Schools as well as Hernando, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Polk and Sumter Schools and beyond.