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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University December 3, 2007 | Vol. 37 No. 13
Winners of Arts Innovation Grants at Homewood Announced

By Heather Egan Stalfort
JHU Museums

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

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.

Of the 13 proposals submitted for the current round of grants, seven received funding, including three new spring courses.

Intermedia Studio, taught by McGregor Boyle, Computer Music faculty member and Composition Department chair at the Peabody Conservatory, and Joan Freedman, director of the Digital Media Center at Homewood, will explore the historical tradition of 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 at Johns Hopkins and the Video Department at the Maryland Institute College of Art, will offer students an 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, both of the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Johns Hopkins, 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 background in computer-generated art and virtual architecture.

Additionally, four student-proposed arts initiatives will receive support.

The Indian fusion dance team JHU Josh, which is 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 sophomore, 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 theater 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.

Arts Innovation grants are awarded twice each academic year: for summer and the fall semester, and for intersession and the spring semester. The deadline for proposals for summer and fall 2008 is Thursday, Feb. 28. For more information, go to artsinnovationgrants.html.


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