Johns Hopkins Gazette | December 15, 2008
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University December 15, 2008 | Vol. 38 No. 15
Winners of Arts Innovation Grants at Homewood Announced

By Heather Egan Stalfort
Johns Hopkins University Museums

The Johns Hopkins University has awarded five 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 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.

Four student-proposed arts initiatives will receive support.

Johns Hopkins Breakdancing, led by juniors David Harris and Benjamin Frison, will receive funding to support a dance competition intended to enhance communication not only among the university's various dance groups but also with area dance professionals. The "Break-Off" breakdancing jam will be held on April 25, 2009, during Family Weekend.

Hopkins Kranti, the university's coed Hindi a cappella group led by seniors Sneha Ramesh and Priya Kamath, will produce a showcase of East Coast South Asian a cappella groups on April 11, 2009. Organized in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Chapter of the Association for India's Development, or AID, and involving the Maryland South Asian community, the event will raise money for AID's Maternal Mobile Health Clinic in West Bengal.

The Johns Hopkins Octopodes, led by senior Alexandra Bourlas, will receive funding to host the Southern Regional Quarterfinal of the International Competition of Collegiate A Cappella. The annual event — in which two of the university's eight a cappella groups, the All-Nighters and the Vocal Chords, are competing — will enable both students and area residents to hear performances by some of the most well-known and respected a cappella groups in the southern United States.

The Johns Hopkins University Kinetic Sculpture Project, coordinated by senior Nora Krinitsky and supported by the Program in Museums and Society and the Digital Media Center, will receive funding to design, create and race a kinetic sculpture in the American Visionary Art Museum's annual Kinetic Sculpture Race, to be held on May 2, 2009. Among the project's goals are fostering a sense of community among students from a range of disciplines and integrating Johns Hopkins students into a popular Baltimore tradition.

Additionally, one spring course — Museum Matters, one of three new core courses in the Program in Museums and Society — will benefit from the funding. The class, to be taught by Catherine Rogers Arthur, director and curator of Homewood Museum and an instructor in the Department of History, will introduce students to museums through exposure to a wide variety of Baltimore institutions. Museum visits, behind-the-scenes meetings with museum professionals, and intensive reading and writing course work will engage students with complex issues in the world of art and culture.


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