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November 5, 2007
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Winners of Arts Innovation Grants
Announced at Homewood

The Johns Hopkins University has awarded approximately $26,000 in grants to students and faculty to stimulate new courses in the arts and other arts-related efforts on the university's Homewood campus, said Winston Tabb, the university's vice provost for the arts.

The Arts Innovation Program offers funding to faculty to create new courses in the arts for undergraduates, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary and cross-divisional courses. The program also supports the artistic efforts of students, both those currently engaged in arts activities and those wishing to create a new venture, with an emphasis on making connections between Johns Hopkins students and the Baltimore community.

Grants are awarded twice each academic year: once for the summer and the fall semester, and once for the January intersession and the spring semester. The deadline for proposals for summer and fall 2008 is Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008.

Of the 13 proposals submitted for the 2008 January intersession and spring semester, seven received funding.

Three new spring courses will benefit from the funding. Intermedia Studio, taught by Computer Music faculty member and Composition Department chair McGregor Boyle of the Peabody Conservatory and Joan Freedman, director of the Digital Media Center, will explore the historical tradition of intermedia art, that is, artwork that combines normally separate artistic disciplines. Working in groups, students will complete an original intermedia work to be shown to the public.

Narrative Production, jointly taught by faculty in the Film and Media Studies program and the video department at the Maryland Institute College of Art, will offer students the unique and unprecedented opportunity to produce short narrative fiction films from screenplay to final cut to screening.

Ancient City of the Future, taught by Professor Glenn Schwartz and doctoral candidate Adam Maskevich of the Department of Near Eastern Studies and Peter Schmowicz, chair of the department of environmental design at the Maryland Institute College of Art, will give students an introduction to the study of Near Eastern urban civilization and a solid background in computer-generated art and virtual architecture.

Additionally, four student-proposed arts initiatives will receive support. The Indian fusion dance team, JHU Josh, headed by senior Avantika Mishra, will receive funding to perform for the benefit of Ronald McDonald House.

A new Johns Hopkins Concerto and Aria Competition, proposed by international relations major Hernan del Aguila, a member of the class of 2010, will spotlight the solo musical abilities of a wide range of Johns Hopkins students.

Seniors Michelle Brown, Elizabeth Eldridge, Mitch Frank and Julie Sihilling, all theatre arts and studies minors, will receive funding to produce a senior showcase of experimental and progressive theatre as part of their Homewood Arts Programs Certificate final project.

In partnership with the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, senior Kirsi Tuomanen Hill and junior Yoonah Chi will coordinate the one-year relocation of a former Artscape sculpture to the Homewood campus to serve as a focal point for lectures and workshops on contemporary art.