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CFA Receives Doris Duke Foundation’s Grant Award for Adaptability

A $400,000 grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation will support staff expansion, creation of capital reserves, professional development, technology, board or staff retreats and consultants at the Center for the Arts.

A $400,000 grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation will support staff expansion, creation of capital reserves, professional development, technology, or staff retreats and consultants at the Center for the Arts.

Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts is the recipient of a $400,000 grant recognizing the CFA as an innovator and leader among arts organizations.

The unsolicited gift from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is one of five – totaling $3.5 million – given to arts centers around the country. It recognizes these centers for their “adaptability” to changing conditions in the arts sector and is intended to support the groups’ ongoing capacity to respond to these changes, according to the foundation.

“We understand that most organizations do not have enough, if any, “change capital’ – funds they can devote to maximizing their ability,” said Ben Cameron, program director for the arts at the foundation.

These changes include conditions related to demographics, audience behavior and the impact of technology.

“This exciting award really speaks to the CFA’s tradition – 40 years and counting – of building a community of creativity and experimentation,” said President Michael Roth. “Under (Director) Pam Tatge’s leadership our Center for the Arts has found ways to engage an increasingly diverse audience. An award like this also recognizes and supports Wesleyan’s extraordinary commitment to the arts.”

The grants were not open for application. An anonymous panel identified five organizations that demonstrated a sustained appetite to innovate and experiment.

The support will be given over a period of up to four years, and appropriate uses of the money include staff expansion, creation of capital reserves, professional development, technology, board and staff retreats and consultants.

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Pam Tatge

“This grant came as a complete surprise to me and the staff of the CFA,” said Pamela Tatge, Director of the Center for the Arts. “We are honored to be recognized in this important way. This grant will allow us to lay the groundwork for continued innovation and exciting programs that serve the campus and community, and advance the creativity of Wesleyan faculty and students and the talented artists we bring to campus.”

The grant counts toward Wesleyan’s multi-year, $400 million THIS IS WHY campaign celebrating access, inquiry and impact.

At this time the program is a unique, one-time event, according to the Doris Duke Foundation. The other grantees were: the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass.; the Oregon Shakespeare Festive in Ashland, Ore.; Wooly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. (where Howard Shalwitz ’74 is artistic director) and On the Boards of Seattle, Wash.

Read more about notable recent CFA initiatives here:

The Creative Campus Initiative (http://www.wesleyan.edu/creativecampus/crossingdisciplines);  the Feet to the Fire program

(http://www.wesleyan.edu/creativecampus/crossingdisciplines/feettothefire),

and the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance (http://www.wesleyan.edu/icpp).

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Culture of India Celebrated at Annual Navaratri Festival

The Center for the Arts presented the 37th annual Navaratri Festival, celebrating the traditional culture of India with performances by some of the country’s leading artists on Oct. 10-13. One of India’s major festival celebrations, Navaratri is a time to see family and friends, enjoy music and dance, and seek blessings for new endeavors.

“For us Indian musicians traveling all over the world and especially in the U.S., this campus has been a place of great respect and wonder because of its ability to sustain this program for over 30 years,” said tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain, who also performed during the 2010 festival. “It is a privilege and a blessing to be a part of this incredible environment.”

The 37th annual Navaratri Festival was supported by the Music Department, the Center for the Arts, the Jon B. Higgins Memorial Fund, the Madhu Reddy Endowed Fund for Indian Music and Dance at Wesleyan University, the Raga Club of Connecticut, the New England Foundation for the Arts, Middlesex Community College, Haveli Indian Restaurant and individual patrons.

On Oct. 11, vocalist B. Balasubrahmaniyan, adjunct assistant professor of music, performed "Vocal Music of South India" as part of the festival.

On Oct. 11, vocalist B. Balasubrahmaniyan, adjunct assistant professor of music, performed “Vocal Music of South India” as part of the festival.

Balasubrahmaniyan was joined by David Nelson, adjunct assistant professor of music on mridangam and violinist L. Ramakrishnan and Sriram Ramesh on kanjira.

Balasubrahmaniyan was joined by David Nelson, adjunct assistant professor of music on mridangam and violinist L. Ramakrishnan and Sriram Ramesh on kanjira.

Student Bands Perform at The Mash

Recorded at the campus-wide Mash music festival Sept. 6, this video EP features full-length original songs performed by Wesleyan bands Molly Rocket and the Crooks, Robert Don, Novelty Daughter and Sky Bars.

The Mash is co-sponsored by the Center for the Arts, the Office of Student Affairs and the Green Street Arts Center. This second annual festival is a legacy event of Music & Public Life. Watch this video and many others on the Video @ Wesleyan website.

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The MASH Highlights Music Scene at Wesleyan

THE MASH, inspired by Fete de la Musique, also known as World Music Day, highlights the student music scene at Wesleyan. The event, which took place on Sept. 6 on multiple stages around campus, provided students with the both the opportunity to listen to some of Wesleyan’s most popular faculty and student bands, and to sign up and play for the audiences themselves. The event was sponsored by the Center for the Arts.

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Sasamoto ’04 Demonstrates Installation at Alumni Show II

On Sept. 6, the Alumni Show II at the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery opened in honor of the Center for the Arts’ 40th anniversary. At the opening reception, Aki Sasamoto ’04, a New York-based, Japanese artist, demonstrated her installation “Centrifugal March,” questioning why certain objects seem to carry more importance over others.

On Sept. 6, the Alumni Show II at the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery opened in honor of the Center for the Arts’ 40th anniversary. At the opening reception, Aki Sasamoto ’04, a New York-based, Japanese artist, demonstrated her installation “Centrifugal March,” questioning why certain objects seem to carry more importance over others.

Ebrecht Performs “Bach to School” on Memorial Chapel Organ

Ronald Ebrecht, artist-in-residence and university organist, performed a “Bach to School” organ concert Sept. 6 in Memorial Chapel. Ebrecht performed major works composed for the organ in various styles during the 19th century by Marco Enrico Bossi, Cesar Franck, Franz Liszt and Felix Mendelssohn. The event kicked off the Center for the Arts’ Music Department Events for the 2013-14 academic year. View upcoming performances here.

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NEFA Supports Bharata Natyam Dancer at Navaratri Festival

The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) National Dance Project presented Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts with a $4,500 grant on May 7. The grant will support a presentation and bharata natyam dance by Sannidhi Aparna Ramaswamy during the 2013 Navaratri Festival. Lead funding for this project comes from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Foundation Funds 2 CFA Dance Company Performances

The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) National Dance Project awarded Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts with a $10,000 grant on May 7. The grant will support two presentations of “Times Bones” by the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company in January 2014. Lead funding for this project comes from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

MiddletownRemix Draws Wesleyan, Local Community to Festival of Art and Sound

The Wesleyan and local community participated in “MiddletownRemix: Hear More, See More,” a festival of art and sound, on May 11 in downtown Middletown. After a year of exploring, sharing, and remixing the sounds of Middletown on the MiddletownRemix website, event attendees celebrated the city’s acoustic identity at the festival, which featured four commissioned world premieres, three live DJ sets, two art/sound installations, a laptop orchestra, food trucks, graffiti art, a gallery walk and a flash mob.

“MiddletownRemix” was presented by Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts and Green Street Arts Center and made possible with support from the Connecticut Office of the Arts, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Middletown Commission on the Arts; and in partnership with the City of Middletown, Middletown Public Schools, WESU 88.1FM, Community Health Center of Middletown, It’s Only Natural Market, MAC 650 Gallery, Middletown Framing, North End Action Team, NoRA Cupcake Company, The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center, and the Middletown Relations Committee of the Wesleyan Student Association. The festival is part of the year-long campus and community-wide exploration “Music and Public Life.” (Photos by Nick Lacy)

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