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Jody Kielbasa
Vice Provost for the Arts
Director, Virginia Film Festival

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Grant Achievements
University of Virginia Arts Council, Spring 2012
Spring 2012

Architecture

Arts Administration: Arts in Context Course Guests & Public Events Details >

Publication of lunch, a student-run academic journal Details >

Publication of The Belmont Vortex Workshop – Competition Projects Details >

Arts Administration: Arts in Context Course Guests & Public Events
This proposal is for guest artist/lecturer support for the Arts Administration/Curriculum for Practical Imagination course offering for Spring, 2013. Arts Administration is a model of interdisciplinary teaching and learning at U.Va.. The signature example of this approach is the annual Arts in Context series. The next installment of this Arts in Context course series will be on The Arts & The Environment and be offered in the spring semester of the 2012-‘13 academic year. The course will originate in the School of Architecture, be cross-listed into the College of Arts & Sciences and possibly other schools as well. This is the seventh Arts in Context course offered each spring since 2007 with the context and guest artists/lecturers changing each time. This proposal directly impacts the student experience by enhancing the activities possible in their classrooms, yet as it builds on a successful model of an academic program designed to increase the visibility and influence of the arts on Grounds, it draws evidence and examples directly from previous Context courses and the outreach events and mini-residencies which result. This Council grant will be matched dollar for dollar by support from other sources. The proposal is, in the final analysis, a request for your consideration of support for an ongoing creative art experience which annually takes place in a U.Va. classroom.

Publication of lunch, a student-run academic journal
This proposal seeks funding to support the eighth print edition of lunch, the U.Va. School of Architecture’s only student-run journal. For seven consecutive years, lunch has served as a venue for critical dialogue within and between the disciplines of the school. We are incredibly thankful for the Arts Council’s high level of support over the several years. Without this support, the journal would not have been able to meet printing costs and continue to deliver a highquality, student-driven publication. We also understand that the Arts Council Grant is not intended as a continuous source of funding. The editors of lunch are seeking a grant from the Arts Council to help ease the burden of fundraising as we work with the School of Architecture over the next year to secure a sustainable funding mechanism for the journal.

Publication of The Belmont Vortex Workshop – Competition Projects

Belmont Bridge Photo

The School of Architecture recently developed a very innovative pedagogical and experimental workshop for 10 days engaging almost the whole school. It has been a unique experience in the collaboration between the city and the School of Architecture, an incredibly powerful potential resource for Charlottesville. The departments of Architecture and Landscape Architecture have been fully involved with 310 students organized in 29 teams with one or more faculty in each of them as advisors. Other departments, Architectural History and Urban and Environmental Planning, also joined the experiment. All teams benefited from the overall leadership of one of the most outstanding and internationally-renowned Spanish architects, Eduardo Arroyo.

The outcome of the workshop consists of 29 proposals that are completely reframing the initial problem addressed by the City (a bridge). From now on, the debate about the final solutions seems to be open thanks to the engagement of the School of Architecture. None of the 29 solutions can be fully developed, of course, but the reflections about them will have a deep impact (as the City Planner has already assumed) in rethinking the connection between Downtown and Belmont and the development of the whole area south of the tracks. This project demonstrated the power of the Arts and Design as an agent for community engagement and transformation.

This grant proposal requests funding for the publication of this project, to include documentation of the 29 projects along with some articles aimed to conceptually frame both the process and the transformative potential of the ideas. It will allow us to have a document of the discussions and a record of the work and the deep impact of the students’ thoughtful proposals in the future of the community.

   
Dance
Participation in the American College Dance Festival & adjunct dance instructor

The Dance Program is again seeking funding for attendance and participation in the American College Dance Festival. This festival is a valuable venue for our students to be exposed to different techniques, methodologies and dance pedagogy and to excellent opportunity to immerse themselves in the art of dance for several days. The festival further provides opportunities to network with other dancers, professionals and schools, participate in classes and to perform pieces of choreography for adjudication. Lastly, this important venue provides unique opportunities to increase the visibility of our program.

The Dance Program also requests funding to hire an adjunct faculty for the fall semester. In past years we have had to cut various offerings from our technique classes, in particular Jazz and Contact Improvisation, which are vital to our dancers’ ability to condition and strengthen their bodies while establishing technical versatility (a skill highly valued within the field of dance today). Because the program is vibrant, we have been unable to accommodate all students interested in taking technique classes. Adding an adjunct position in the fall would enable us to offer more technique classes, at various levels to ensure that our students gain the desired level of proficiency. Further, since adjunct faculty are likely to choreograph for our semester dance concerts, this will provide more students with the opportunity to work with faculty choreographers.

 
Heritage Theatre
Summer 2012 Production of 1776

The Heritage Theatre Festival has been in operation since 1974 with only three summers “dark” during that span of time. One of these three summers was the summer of 2007 when we were forced to shut down due to the construction of the new Studio Art building and the Parking Garage. There simply was no place for our patrons to park. The summer of 2012 finds us in a similar predicament due to the need to have our lobby clear so that construction can continue on the Ruth Caplin Theatre. However, we felt, if possible, we did not want to completely abandon our summer season. Thus we decided we would produce one show at the beginning of the summer so that the Festival would not go completely out of the stream of consciousness of our patrons. Serendipitously, representatives from the Committee for the Celebration of the 250th Birthday of Charlottesville (2012) contacted me and asked if I would consider producing the musical 1766 and “partner” with the City. We have decided to do this and so 1776 will be our one and only show for this coming summer. The University construction team felt that they would be able to work around us. Our hope is to have a “preview night party and performance” on June 20 with our sponsors and members of the City Council to celebrate Charlottesville’s birthday and then watch Mr. Jefferson (and Mr. Adams, et. al.) strive to carve out the Declaration of Independence. The show will run for nine additional performances, June 21-June 30, and then we will shut down for the remainder of the summer to allow real progress on the Caplin Theatre to occur. We hope this will directly impact the City and our patrons even more than usual due to what the show represents and the reason for the celebration.

Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection
UTS Bus Exhibition & Campaign

The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia seeks funding to create an exhibit on UTS buses during the 2012-13 academic year. This two- part project is intended to raise awareness about the Kluge-Ruhe Collection among U.Va. students and would be funded by U.Va. Arts Council in partnership with the Kluge-Ruhe Collection and the U.Va. Student Council Arts Committee.

Located at Pantops, the Kluge-Ruhe Collection is the University’s most unique global art asset. Our off-Grounds location makes visiting the museum to see exhibitions and attend programs a challenge for many students. While the Kluge-Ruhe Collection sponsors events on Grounds each year, we want to reach a larger numbers of students. We propose highlighting the collection by installing a “travelling exhibition” in UTS buses. We will develop a series of posters for UTS buses featuring images of art from the Kluge-Ruhe Collection and exploring Aboriginal art themes.

The posters will be installed on 32 UTS bus in circulation and will be seen by thousands of students during the semester. UTS ridership over the course of one semester is 875,000. We believe a strong visual identity created by this highly visible exhibition will encourage U.Va. students to visit the Kluge-Ruhe Collection and attend our programs.

In addition, we will charter a bus for a weekly trip to the Kluge-Ruhe Collection organized in coordination with the U.Va. Student Arts Committee (SAC) and Arts Advocates. We will extend our hours of operation one night per week for 10 weeks each semester to accommodate this program. Each week a UTS bus will pick up students at the University Chapel (or their dorm) and take them to the Kluge-Ruhe Collection for a tour and reception. The bus will return the students after one hour at the museum. The Kluge-Ruhe Collection will coordinate this program with various groups, such as first year residence halls and student organizations, in order to assure a steady stream of students to the museum. We estimate that a regular event of this kind will increase student visitation to the Kluge-Ruhe Collection by 1000 students per year.

Music
Yuri Yunakov Residency
Yuri Yunakov
Yuri Yunakov

The McIntire Department of Music would like to invite renowned Turkish-Bulgarian Rom (Gypsy) saxophonist Yuri Yunakov and his five-piece ensemble for a two-day residency. In conjunction with the residency, we would invite anthropologist Carol Silverman (U. Oregon), who is the leading authority on Romani music and culture of the Balkans in the United States. The residency will include classroom visits and workshops and a colloquium, and will culminate with a performance by Yunakov’s ensemble in Old Cabell Hall Auditorium.

Yunakov, who now lives in New York, became the first Romani winner of the NEA National Heritage Fellowship Award in 2011. This is our nation’s highest honor for traditional folk artists, with about 10 fellows per year receiving the award since the mid-1980s. Yunakov is a compelling musician credited with popularizing the saxophone throughout the Balkans. He came to prominence as a member of Bulgarian Rom clarinetist Ivo Papasov’s pioneering Trakija Ensemble, which is credited with having created the genre known as Bulgarian Wedding Music, a Romani style with strong jazz influences. The music had a huge impact in world music spheres in the late 1980s and early 1990s that continues to resonate today. The style is characterized by technical virtuosity and improvisation in rapid, asymmetrical and often abruptly shifting rhythmic meters. Since emigrating to the US, Yunakov has led his own ensemble, sometimes collaborating with Papasov, and has several albums on the Traditional Crossroads label. In his band is the equally impressive Macedonian-American Rom clarinetist Sal Mumadoski from the Bronx, who has been Yunakov’s protégé for over a decade.

Music Library
Supporting Collaborative Teaching and Learning in Music
Belmont Bridge Photo
One possible configuration of the Music Mediascape

The importance of the library as a physical space has only increased in this era of ubiquitous access to information. The library provides in a centralized location the unique marriage of information resources, user-intensive services, and technology-enhanced environments that enables 21st century learning, teaching, and research.

The University of Virginia Library’s Music Library proposes to make strategic space enhancements to better support today’s community of music scholars, both students and faculty. The overall plan for these reinvigorated, dynamic spaces, which will be realized over the next several years, includes a transformed main reading room with comfortable furnishings, lockers, and listening chairs; as well as several technology-enabled study and collaboration spaces, intended to support music-oriented, multi-format, active group work. Our proposal to the Arts Council is for one of those collaboration spaces, a Music Mediascape.

The Fralin & Studio Art
Suzanne McClelland: Exhibition, Residency, New Work
Suzanne McClelland
Suzanne McClelland

The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia and the Studio Art Program within the McIntire Department of Art are joining forces to bring the important work of Suzanne McClelland to Grounds, works that are deeply rooted in and inspired by the University. Through an exhibition at The Fralin, an artist residency designed to engage students and faculty across Grounds, programming designed to serve the local community, and a unique artmaking project in Studio Art with the Virginia Arts of the Book Center (VABC), this collaborative project will make an important impact on the University and Charlottesville communities.

Programs designed specifically with McClelland will foster dialogue on topics including political history, the visual arts, psychology,and creative writing. Having McClelland produce new work with undergraduate students will ensure that the conversation generated by this exhibition and residency will continue long after the artist’s stay and extend beyond University Grounds. Given your generous support of past projects in Studio Art and The Fralin, it is our hope that you will consider this unique joint request to support the educational and outreach programming designed specifically for this important project.

Virginia Film Festival
Library of Congress Film Series

In 2012, our 25th anniversary year, we plan to continue and expand the Library of Congress (LOC) one-of-a-kind collaborative film series. We plan to ask TCM to again provide one or more of their hosts to introduce the films, moderate discussions, and co-curate the series. To expand our reach to more students, we would like to invite a film scholar or film expert who would speak to the importance of the curated works during class visits or special lectures. This scholar may also conduct a shot-by-shot workshop for students. We also plan to coordinate class visits with the LOC series hosts and special guests associated with the chosen films.

The Library of Congress’ holdings are an unparalleled record of American and international creativity in moving images and provide endless educational and research opportunities for students and faculty. We strive through our collaboration with the LOC to grow the opportunities that U.Va. students and local community members have to interact with and learn from the LOC’s amazing film and historical archives. The partnership with LOC gives the VFF access to a treasure trove of obscure and lesser known films that are not always available to be publicly screened and the opportunity to expose U.Va. students, faculty and the Charlottesville community to the greatest, most extensive collection of films in the world.

   
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