Get your act together— Indian River’s Got Talent is here with NO entry fee!


Dust off your tap shoes, tune your guitar and practice your magic tricks— Get your act together, because Indian River’s Got Talent has arrived! This new and entertaining event is in the works, and we are now accepting submissions for our youth division. Submit an up to two-minute video of any talent suitable for public viewing to Cell phone videos are accepted.

“We thought our community could use something fun and positive to focus on and what better way than to share our talents with one another? The youth division will launch our inaugural Indian River’s Got Talent, so that our young folks have something exciting to look forward to. We will have a full blown IRGT adult division coming soon,” Executive Director, Barbara Schlitt Ford of the Environmental Learning Center (ELC) said, “Step up, be brave, let loose and help us unite the community in a celebration of what makes Indian River truly special. It’s not just the ocean, lagoon, restaurants, venues and activities that make this the best place in the country to live, it is our people, each unique and wonderful, choosing to be connected, embracing life and positivity, supporting one another!”

Meet our committee:
Amber Batchelor—Director of Women’s Business Center, weVENTURE at Florida Institute of Technology
Anna Valencia—Vice President of Marketing & Business Development at White Glove Moving, Radio Host and Networking Leader
Andrew Currie— Owner and Director of Dance Space
Barbara Schlitt Ford— Executive Director at the Environmental Learning Center
Brandon Putzke— Treasure Coast Percussion and Souljam Musician
Britney Melchiori— MarComm and Partner Success Director at the Sebastian Chamber
Crystal Bujol— Founder and Artistic Director of the Gifford Youth Orchestra
Demetria “Dee Dee” Williams, LMHC— Social Action Chair, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. (Lambda Beta Zeta Chapter), Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Dori Stone— President of the Indian River County Chamber of Commerce
Douglas Herron— Executive Director of the Education Foundation
Dr. Katie Nall— Program Director, IRSC
Kat Redner— Marketing and Communications Coordinator at ELC, Host for Destination America and Visit IRC                                                                                                         Priscilla Rodriguez – Social Media Manager 
Mark Wygonik— Artist, Cultural Council, Art Village BOD, Gifford Youth Orchestra BOD
Milo Thornton—Major Bureau of Administration at Indian River County Sheriff’s Office
Oscar Sales— Marketing Director of Riverside Theatre 






 View our announcement video:

Submission Deadlines:

12th grade and younger submissions due September 15.

Adult submission deadline will be announced soon.

The hope is that the ELC will have a grand finale showcase at the new Thomas R. Schidel Education and Event Pavilion, along with several events leading up to the finale.

Sing, dance, play a musical instrument, perform a comedy or magic act, show off your sports moves and show us your talent! The categories for our youth division will be segmented by grade— Elementary School (Grades K-5), Middle School (Grades 6-8) and High School (Grades 9-12). Submissions can be one person or up to as many participants as you would like. Please only submit one entry. Indian River’s Got Talent has NO entry fee! All who enter will receive two free admission tickets to the ELC. Scholarships are available to cover the cost of the entry fee.

We will have lots of great prizes available, so stay tuned and follow the Environmental Learning Center on social media. We can’t wait for you to show us what you’ve got! Please email for questions.

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