Amy Freidman Joins the Arts Division Staff
On November 9, the Arts Division was delighted to welcome Amy Freidman as program associate in Arts in Education. She will manage the Creative Collaboration grant program, Poetry Out Loud, the new Early Learning grant program and other areas in the Arts in Education department.
Amy comes to CCT from AMS Planning and Research in Fairfield, where she worked since January 2003. Previously, she was at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, where she oversaw its artist-in-residence program and the New Jersey Early Learning WolfTrap program. Prior to joining the NJPAC, Amy attended Harvard University, where she earned a Master of Education degree with a concentration in arts in education. She has also worked for the PARTNERS education program at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts.
Amy can be reached at (860) 256-2729 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Artist Commissioned for Major Public Art Project
Barton Rubenstein, a nationally-known sculptor, has been selected to create and install an exterior water sculpture project at the University of Connecticut satellite campus in Waterbury as part of the stateís Art in Public Spaces program.
Rubenstein is recognized for his ability to integrate water into his artwork with striking success. He has created several large-scale water and kinetic sculpture projects throughout the nation. His work can be seen at the Jewish Community Center and the Millennium Building in Washington D.C., the Bridgerland Applied Technology College in Logan, Utah, and the University of Central Florida in Orlando, among other locations.
His proposed work, titled ďSynergy,Ē is comprised of six stainless steel sculptures, each representing a human form. When viewed from afar, they appear similar, but closer inspection reveals unique attributes, shapes, orientations and flowing water patterns. The continuous movement of water over reflective surfaces will cause the sculpturesí ďpersonalitiesĒ to change, depending on weather conditions and time of day. The works are designed to be elegant and dramatic with and without water, during both warm and cold seasons Ė even when ice may form across surfaces.
Barton Rubensteinís proposal was chosen by a combined committee of users of the university facility and arts professionals. His work will become part of a collection of more than 360 artworks commissioned through the Art in Public Spaces program and installed at 100 public locations.
Save the Date! HOT Schools Informational Session Ė January 15, 2008
The Commission on Culture & Tourism will be accepting applications for new Higher Order Thinking (HOT) Schools in February. The Higher Order Thinking Schools program, established in 1994, works with select Connecticut schools to promote teaching and learning in, about and through the arts in a democratic setting.
The Higher Order Thinking approach to teaching and learning has emerged during the past 14 years through a strong network of HOT Schools serving more than 24,000 students in 41 Connecticut public schools from all congressional districts. HOT Schools has enjoyed national recognition for its holistic approach to school change through the arts. The program has developed numerous innovative strategies that expand arts learning opportunities for children.
Interested schools can learn about the application process and the benefits and requirements of HOT Schools by attending an informational session on Tuesday, January 15 at 10 a.m. in the new Commission on Culture & Tourism office, located at One Constitution Plaza, 2nd Floor, Hartford.
To register for the HOT Schools information session, contact Arts in Education Program Manager Bonnie Koba at email@example.com.
Coming Soon! New Arts in Education Grant Opportunity
Guidelines and applications will soon be available on the CCT Web site for Arts Beyond, a new arts in education grant program. Arts Beyond will support new or expanded programming that takes place beyond traditional school hours for early learning and underserved youth.
Eligible applicants include non-profit arts organizations, early learning centers, community groups, schools and colleges and universities whose work includes an arts focus. CCT will award two to five grants in amounts ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 for early learning programs and a similar number of grants for underserved youth programs.
The application deadline is February 4, 2008 for activities that take place between May 1, 2008 and June 30, 2009.
For more information on the Arts Beyond program, contact Arts in Education Program Manager Bonnie Koba at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spotlight on Artist Fellowship Recipients
The Commission on Culture & Tourismís Artist Fellowship program provides monetary support designed to encourage the continuing artistic development of Connecticutís finest creative artists. The program allows artists to devote full attention to the creation of new work and to further their careers. Grants are awarded in the amounts of $5,000 or $2,500.
Discipline categories for Artist Fellowships alternate each year. Awards to visual artists who applied this past September will be announced in January 2008. Applications for artists working in choreography, fiction, film/video, music composition, playwriting and poetry will be due next September.
This newsletter spotlights eight artists who received artist fellowships in the Music Composition category in 2007.
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