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CFA Awarded Grant for Summer Pilot Program

Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts received a grant for $10,000 from the New England Foundation for the Arts for the “Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance -Summer 2010-Pilot Program.”

DanceMasters Weekend March 6-7

The Merce Cunningham Dance Company will perform at DanceMasters Weekend March 6-7.

The Merce Cunningham Dance Company will perform at DanceMasters Weekend March 6-7.

Wesleyan celebrates its 11th annual DanceMasters Weekend March 6-7, an exciting event for choreographers, students, and dance enthusiasts alike.

“The mission of DanceMasters is to introduce dance students to contemporary techniques with the hope that they gain an understanding of the breadth and depth of what is out there in the dance world,” says Pamela Tatge, director of the Center for the Arts. “We are also providing regional dance teachers an important professional development opportunity through contact with world-class master teachers.”

Dancemasters offers a unique combination of outstanding performances and master classes. This year’s showcase performance features the Taylor 2 Dance Company, Merce Cunningham Dance Company, and Carmen deLavallande. Master classes are taught by visiting artists from past and currently showcased companies, as well as members of Wesleyan’s dance faculty, providing instructions in a diverse range of dance styles including West African dance, jazz, hip-hop, and tap.

This year’s Dancemasters Weekend showcase performance takes place at 8 p.m. March 6 in the CFA Theater. Tickets are

Tatge Honored by Association of Performing Arts Presenters

Pam Tatge

Pam Tatge

Pamela Tatge, director of the Center for the Arts, received the William Dawson Award for Programmatic Excellence by the Association of Performing Arts Presenters.

The William Dawson Award is given to an individual or organization in the presenting field for sustained leadership, innovation and vision in program design, audience building and community involvement efforts. The award honors William M. Dawson, a seminal leader in the field of arts administration, who served for 14 years as Director of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (then called the Association of College, University and Community Arts Administrators).

“The William Dawson Award is the highest recognition our field offers its leaders, and many past recipients are legendary for their contributions to the arts in the United States,” says Sandra Gibson, president and CEO of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters. ”

In considering Pamela’s nomination, the Awards Committee applauded the Center for the Arts’ innovative contributions to integrating the arts into with other academic disciplines and the entire life of the campus, its outstanding commitment to supporting artists’ research and teaching – including both Wesleyan faculty and visiting artists, and its many creative approaches to connecting the college and Middletown communities.”

The committee also applauded Tatge’s leadership in contributing to the development of major national initiatives such as the National Dance Project, Center for Creative Research and the association’s Creative Campus program.

Tatge will receive the award Jan. 11 during the association’s annual conference in New York City.

CFA Awarded Grants for Breaking Ground Series, Dance Masters

The Center for the Arts was awarded a $20,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for the Breaking Ground Series. In addition, the CFA received a $11,992 grant from the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism for the Breaking Ground Series and Dance Masters Weekend.

Students Re-Create Rural Arkansas Portraits

Aaron Peisner '12 and Garth Taylor '12 pose in a photo during the opening reception for Mike Disfarmer: Photographs in the Zilkha Gallery Oct. 9. Hailing from the small mountain town of Heber Springs, Arkansas, the photographer known as Mike Disfarmer captured the lives and emotions of rural Arkansans in starkly intimate portraits.

Aaron Peisner '12 and Garth Taylor '12 pose in a photo during the opening reception for Mike Disfarmer: Photographs in the Zilkha Gallery Oct. 9. Hailing from the small mountain town of Heber Springs, Arkansas, the photographer known as Mike Disfarmer captured the lives and emotions of rural Arkansans in starkly intimate portraits.

Aaron Peisner '12 and Garth Taylor '12 pose as rural Arkansans living between 1939 and 1945 in this portrait.

Aaron Peisner '12 and Garth Taylor '12 pose as rural Arkansans living between 1939 and 1945 in this portrait.

Cordelia Blanchard '12, Lindsay Keys '11, and Daria Lombroso '11 mimic Disfarmer's portraits by reflecting the mood at the height of the Great Depression. Disfarmer's photographs show the dramatic shifts during the war years, as well as the transformations of postwar prosperity.

Cordelia Blanchard '12, Lindsay Keys '11, and Daria Lombroso '11 mimic Disfarmer's portraits by reflecting the mood at the height of the Great Depression. Disfarmer's photographs show the dramatic shifts during the war years, as well as the transformations of postwar prosperity.

Mary Lauran Hall '10 and Mark McCloughan '10 pose for their picture. All photos were e-mailed to students after the event. Accompanying photos taken by Disfarmer are included in the exhibit. The photographs in this exhibition were printed from the original glass plates, recovered in the 1970s from Disfarmer's studio.

Mary Lauran Hall '10 and Mark McCloughan '10 pose for their picture. All photos were e-mailed to students after the event. Accompanying photos taken by Disfarmer are included in the exhibit. The photographs in this exhibition were printed from the original glass plates, recovered in the 1970s from Disfarmer's studio.

Emergency Response Studio Inspired by Hurricane Katrina Disaster

Nina Felshin, curator of exhibitions at the Center for the Arts, and Camille Parente, financial analyst/gallery coordinator, examine the Emergency Response Studio installed on the Center for the Arts green. The studio was inspired by artist Paul Villinski's visit to New Orleans, La. in August 2006 after Hurricane Katrina.

Nina Felshin, curator of exhibitions at the Center for the Arts, and Camille Parente, financial analyst/gallery coordinator, examine the Emergency Response Studio installed on the Center for the Arts green. The studio was inspired by artist Paul Villinski's visit to New Orleans, La. in August 2006 after Hurricane Katrina.

Though designed as an artist's studio and residence, Emergency Response Studio is an ingenious prototype for self-sufficient, solar-powered mobile housing.

Though designed as an artist's studio and residence, Emergency Response Studio is an ingenious prototype for self-sufficient, solar-powered mobile housing.

Emergency Response Studio is a transformed 30-foot Gulfstream Cavalier trailer, virtually identical to the 50,000 trailers built for FEMA.  Working continuously from April to October 2008, Villinski transformed the trailer's formaldehyde-ridden materials with green technology and building materials, including recycled denim insulation, bamboo cabinetry, compact fluorescent lighting, reclaimed wood, and floor tiles made from linseed oil.

Emergency Response Studio is a transformed 30-foot Gulfstream Cavalier trailer, virtually identical to the 50,000 trailers built for FEMA. Working continuously from April to October 2008, Villinski transformed the trailer's formaldehyde-ridden materials with green technology and building materials, including recycled denim insulation, bamboo cabinetry, compact fluorescent lighting, reclaimed wood, and floor tiles made from linseed oil.

Alaskan Composer Speaks, Samples Music at CFA

Alaskan composer John Luther Adams presented a talk on his complex musical work, <i>The Place Where You Go to Listen</i>, Jan. 28 in the Center for the Arts Cinema. For the past 30 years, the vastness of Alaska has been instrumental in the composer's imagination and his compositions. Adams sampled his musical compositions during the talk.

Alaskan composer John Luther Adams presented a talk on his new book, The Place Where You Go to Listen, Jan. 28 in the Center for the Arts Cinema. For the past 30 years, the vastness of Alaska has been at the forefront of the composer's imagination and his compositions. Adams sampled his musical compositions during the talk.