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Early in December, UW-Madison's Joseph Koykkar presented at the first Arts Agôn session, sponsored by the UW Arts Institute. He shared his work on electro-acoustic and sound design for the collaborative piece "When Time Ran Out," which was performed earlier this month in the faculty concert "in tension." And in January, the modern ballet "Martha (The Searchers)" by New York-based choreographer Julia Gleich, featured selections of Koykkar's music on its soundtrack.
UW-Madison's Arts Institute welcomes Sheron Wray as the spring 2018 interdisciplinary artist in residence. Wray’s residency is hosted by the School of Education's Art Department, with co-sponsoring departments of Art History, Dance, Afro-American Studies and African Cultural Studies. The faculty lead is Associate Professor Faisal Abdu’Allah of the Art Department. Wray self-titles as a “Performance Architect,” and has developed a theory and practice called Embodiology, a neo-African approach to contemporary dance improvisation.
At the "Arts Agôn: February Arts Research Forum," arts researchers will share their work with each other and UW-Madison campus colleagues. The Feb. 15 forum aims to create connections and encourage dialogue. The event will feature a Community Arts Collaboratory presentation with Erica Halverson, Kate Corby, Faisal Abdu’Allah and Stephanie Richards. These faculty and staff are partnering in the Arts Collaboratory to develop evaluation tools that can measure and ​demonstrate the impact of their various arts-based education programs.
UW-Madison's Chris Walker was appointed a Vilas Associate through the university's prestigious Vilas Associates competition. Walker is a faculty member with the School of Education’s Dance Department. The Vilas Associate appointment is awarded to a faculty with new, ongoing, significant and high-quality research. The Divisional Research Committees of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education chooses the competitive recipients ​based on a detailed proposal. The appointment provides summer salary for two summers and $12,500 in flexible research funding for two fiscal years.
UW-Madison's Rena Kornblum will hold weekly de-stress sessions using dance and movement therapy this spring semester. Kornblum is a senior lecturer with the School of Education's Dance Department. These free sessions will provide tools and ways to manage anxiety, increase self-awareness and compassion, identify and understand triggers and address social anxiety. The sessions will run every Thursday afternoon from Feb. 1 through April 12, from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m, at 249 Lathrop Hall. Snacks will be provided.
UW-Madison began revitalizing the summer experience in 2016 with a significant increase in scholarship funding. The goal was to encourage more students to take advantage of accelerated summer courses so they could graduate on time and avoid the expense of extra semesters. Building on these successes in 2018, UW–Madison will serve a wider range of students during the summer months. Current undergraduates, incoming freshmen, students visiting from other institutions, high school students, and others will benefit from the university’s world-class resources.
The UW-Madison Dance Department presents its annual faculty concert “in tension,” Feb. 8-10 and 15-17 at the Margaret H’Doubler Performance Space in Lathrop Hall. “In tension” will feature the work of one of America's greatest choreographers and a leader of the American avant-garde throughout his 70-year career, the late Merce Cunningham, along with six contemporary dance works by UW-Madison artists Kate Corby, Joseph Koykkar & Karen McShane-Hellenbrand, Li Chiao-Ping, Marlene Skog, Collette Stewart and Jin-Wen Yu.
UW-Madison's Diana Hess authored a commentary for Education Week that is headlined, "The Problem With Calling Scholars 'Too Political.' " Hess is dean of the School of Education and the Karen A. Falk Distinguished Chair of Education. In the column, Hess writes about the importance of education scholars speaking up and participating in public debates about their issues of expertise. She frames partaking in political debate as a responsibility and a way to give back to the community and the universities that support them.
The UW-Madison Arts Institute's Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program has selected two artists to teach in residence and conduct community outreach for the 2018-19 academic year. Playwright, producer, social entrepreneur and policy researcher Stuart Flack will join the university for the Fall 2018 semester, followed by multidisciplinary media artist Rashaad Newsome in Spring 2019. Newsome's residency is hosted by the School of Education's Art Department, with Stephen Hilyard as lead faculty. Co-sponsors include the School's Dance Department.
UW-Madison’s Arts Institute recently announced the winners of it’s 2018 Awards in the Creative Arts, and three people with ties to the School of Education are being honored. Andrea Harris, an associate professor with the Dance Department, is receiving an Emily Mead Baldwin Award, while J Myszka Lewis, a curator with the Art Department’s Tandem Press, is receiving the Edna Wiechers Arts in Wisconsin Award. In addition, master of fine arts candidates and collaborators Maria Wood of the Design Studies Department and Leigh Garcia of the School of Education’s Art Department are receiving a Sinaiko Frank Graduate Fellowship for a Woman in the Arts.
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