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Center for the Arts Director Pam Tatge to Lead Jacob’s Pillow

Pamela Tatge (Photo by Sandy Aldieri)

Pamela Tatge (Photo by Sandy Aldieri)

Center for the Arts Director Pamela Tatge ’84, MALS ’10, P ’16, will leave the university in April to serve as executive director of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. There, she will set the artistic vision and strategic goals for the organization, including programming one of America’s longest-running international dance festivals, and overseeing education, preservation, and audience engagement programs, as well as marketing and development.

For the past 16 years, Tatge has overseen robust programming in music, dance, theater, and visual arts at the CFA. She has supported the realization of faculty and student work in the arts and spearheaded the development of the university’s Creative Campus Initiative with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; an initiative that includes Feet to the Fire, an annual campus-wide exploration of environmental issues. She also led the development of the university’s Green Street Arts Center, a community arts center established in 2005 to serve as an anchor to revitalization efforts in Middletown’s North End. In 2010, together with former Jacob’s Pillow Director Samuel A. Miller ’75, she co-founded Wesleyan’s Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance (ICPP), the first post-graduate program of its kind. Other accomplishments include the inauguration of the Breaking Ground Dance Series, DanceMasters Weekend, and the Outside the Box Theater Series.

“We wish Pamela Tatge all the best as she takes the helm at Jacob’s Pillow,” said President Michael Roth. “Pamela’s leadership of Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts has been widely recognized for its educational and artistic adventurousness, and her ability to engage with diverse communities has inspired respect, affection, and joy. Although we will miss her at Wesleyan, we look forward to following her work at the Pillow.”

“Wesleyan has been an extraordinarily generative place for me,” said Tatge. “Since I first set foot on the CFA Theater stage as a first-year student and aspiring actress in 1980, to my present role as a parent of a Wesleyan senior, the university has been one of the most active, vibrant, and important parts of my personal and professional life. As the director of the CFA, I’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with faculty, students, and staff in the arts and across the campus to re-imagine the role of a university arts presenter. I’ve had the great privilege of also bringing hundreds of brilliant artists from around the world to share their work with our campus and community. I’m so grateful for all of the support that Wesleyan, my alma mater, has given me, and I’m deeply appreciative to the staff of the CFA who for 16-1/2 years has worked tirelessly with me to envision and create such a robust university arts program. I will have many, many friends on campus, in our audience, and in the greater Middletown community whom I will miss greatly, but I encourage them to visit me at Jacob’s Pillow this summer.”

Tatge is the recipient of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters’ 2010 William Dawson Award for Programmatic Excellence and Sustained Achievement in Programming. Prior to her work at Wesleyan, she spent a decade as the director of development and long range planning at Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven.

Jacob’s Pillow is a National Historic Landmark, recipient of the National Medal of Arts, and home to one of America’s longest-running international dance festivals, which includes more than 50 national and international dance companies and hundreds of performances, talks, tours, classes, exhibits, and events annually.

Tatge Joins Board of the New England Foundation for the Arts

Pam Tatge

Pam Tatge

Pam Tatge ’84, MALS ’10, P’16, director of Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts (CFA), was appointed to the board of the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA).

Noted for facilitating Liz Lerman’s “Ferocious Beauty: Genome” at the CFA, an exploration of repercussions of genetic research in 2006, Tatge received the 2010 William Dawson Award from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, 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.

Additionally, Tatge worked closely with former NEFA executive director Sam Miller ’75 to create Wesleyan’s Institute for Curatorial Practice and Performance, which offers an MA in performance curation. As a Wesleyan undergraduate, she majored in history.

“NEFA is an extraordinary institution with innovative programs that successfully marry artists to audiences in New England and across our nation,” Tatge says. “I’m honored to serve on their board.”

Rosenthal, Tatge Speakers on WNPR’s “Where We Live”

On Aug. 31, “Where We Live,” a program on WNPR public radio, featured two segments about music at Wesleyan.

Rob Rosenthal, provost, vice-president of academic affairs and the John E. Andrus Professor of Sociology, and his son Sam Rosenthal, a writer and musician in New York City, discussed a new collection of Pete Seeger’s personal writings that they co-edited. The book is Pete Seeger: In His Own Words (Paradigm Publishers).

They described the experience of combing through decades of Seeger’s writings in the folk singer’s Beacon, NY home while he hovered nearby. “He would drop in from time to time to see if we had dug up anything interesting, or to tell us a story,” Sam Rosenthal recalls.

“[Seeger] wanted a complete picture. We say in the book, he said to us at the beginning, ‘Don’t make me a saint, I’m not a saint,'” says Rob Rosenthal. He later adds that Seeger “had no problem with us using anything we wanted” to include in the book.

Later in the show, Pam Tatge, director of Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts, discussed MiddletownRemix, a project that’s part of the yearlong exploration of Music & Public Life at Wesleyan. The project invites all members of the Wesleyan and Middletown communities to explore, share and remix the sounds of Middletown throughout the year. It uses location-based cell phone technology, a database, and a web application allowing individuals to record and store sounds and images of Middletown and position them in a digital map.

The result, Tatge says, will be “a tour of the acoustic identity of Middletown.”

“We want to break down the conventional barriers between audience and composer, and democratize what it means to make music… This way, we really try to elevate the artist and the composer in everyone,” she explains.

More information on MiddletownRemix is available here.

The interview with Rob and Sam Rosenthal can be heard here.
The interview with Pam Tatge is available here.

NEFA Supports Curatorial Practice, Performance Scholarship

Pam Tatge, director of the Center for the Arts, received a $4,750 grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts. The grant, sourced from the NEFA’s Sam Miller Fearless Thinking in the Arts Fund, will support the Institute of Curatorial Practice and Performance (ICPP) Scholarship in 2011-12.

NEA Supports Breaking Ground Dance Series

Pam Tatge, director of the Center for the Arts, received a $20,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the Breaking Ground Dance Series July 2011-June 2012.

The series features cutting-edge choreography and virtuosic dancing by world-renowned companies. This is the 11th anniversary season of the Breaking Ground Dance Series at Wesleyan.

Tatge Receives Travel Grant from NEFA

Pam Tatge, director of the Center for the Arts, received a $500 New England Foundation for the Arts grant on Nov. 22. The CFA will use the grant to support travel expenses to the Association of Performing Arts Presenters Conference.

Program Blends Curatorial Practices from Visual, Performing Arts

Dancer/Choreographer Ralph Lemon will join the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance in 2011. (Photo by Dan Merlo)

The Center for the Arts (CFA) has launched the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance (ICPP), which brings arts professionals together to examine curatorial practices from the fields of visual arts and performance, in order to better understand and improve upon the ways in which performance is managed, produced and presented in this country.

Starting in summer 2011, the ICPP will offer a professional certificate program in Curatorial Practice in Performance. Students will study artistic and curatorial practice, social and cultural context, and entrepreneurial strategies and complete an independent project in consultation with an advisor.

Through a close examination of the practical and theoretical concerns of performance work, graduates of the ICPP

Mellon Foundation Supports Curatorial Institute, Certificate Program at CFA

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts (CFA) $750,000 to support the development of artists’ new work, interdisciplinary collaborations, co-teaching initiatives and arts-based campus-wide projects as well as the planning and partial funding of the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance (ICPP), a new post-graduate professional certificate program for performing arts presenters.

Pamela Tatge (Photo by Bill Burkhart)

“The CFA’s goal is to elevate the place of art, artists and the artistic process at Wesleyan in ways that innovatively strengthen teaching, student learning and art-making,” says Pamela Tatge, director of the Center for the Arts. “The Mellon-funded projects will help to achieve these goals by supporting the creative practice of diverse artists; sponsoring cross-disciplinary exchange and new course development; engaging students in a wide variety of opportunities to make, experience and understand art; and launching the ICPP to enhance professional practice in the presenting field.”

Tatge anticipates that by the end of the grant’s four-year period, powerful new connections will exist between numerous faculty in different departments and between faculty and visiting artists, “so that the arts are more organically integrated into non-arts areas at Wesleyan.”

Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance
The Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance (ICPP) brings artists, presenters, academics, and other performing arts professionals together

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.