Johns Hopkins has awarded approximately $25,000 in
grants to students and faculty to
stimulate new courses in the arts and other arts-related
efforts on the Homewood campus, said
Winston Tabb, vice provost for the arts.
Initiated in 2006, the Arts Innovation Program offers
funding to faculty to create 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.
Two fall courses will benefit from the funding. In
Camera Arts: Photographing Evergreen
Museum & Library, taught by Phyllis Berger of the Homewood Arts
Workshops and Evergreen
James Archer Abbott, students will learn the basics of
digital photography and Photoshop and the
history of the photography movement through the creation of
a photographic series inspired by
aspects of the museum's history, architecture and
collections. The course will culminate in an
exhibition of the students' work.
Arts, Hypermedia, Community: Creating an Online
Multimedia Arts Journal for Baltimore and
Beyond, sponsored by the Film and Media
Studies Program with support from faculty and staff of
Johns Hopkins and the Maryland Institute College of Art,
will offer students an unprecedented
opportunity to collaborate with Baltimore community artists
and activists to help produce content for
Radar Redux, a new online journal of arts and culture.
A third course, Close Looking at the BMA: Van
Dyck's Rinaldo and Armida, taught by Elizabeth
Museums and Society Program director, in collaboration
with Baltimore Museum of Art staff
and Johns Hopkins faculty, will be offered in spring 2009.
Through in-depth study, consisting of both
traditional and innovative methods, of a significant work
of art, students will generate a new
interpretive program directed at the museum's broad
Additionally, three student-proposed initiatives will
receive support. The Student Art League,
led by senior Corey Sattler, is receiving funding for a
Spring Fair Art Show, which will showcase
student works of art during this weekend's Spring Fair.
Senior Liz Eldridge, a Writing
Seminars major and Theatre Arts and
Studies minor, will produce
four short plays as a celebration of the work of poet
Russell Edson in July 2008. One of the plays, A
Performance at Hog Theatre, was adapted for the stage
by Eldridge herself.
Freshmen Neil Albstein and Jeremy Garson will produce
a comedy film series, with films
highlighting either a particular era in comic film history
or the work of a noteworthy filmmaker, to be
shown in the Merrick Barn during the fall 2008 semester.