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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University April 21, 2008 | Vol. 37 No. 31
Winners of Arts Innovation Grants at Homewood Announced

By Heather Egan Stalfort
JHU Museums

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 curator 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 Rodini, 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 audience.

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.


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