KSU Opera Theater Presents an Opera Double Feature “Night of Miracles”
Opera Double Feature: A Night of Miracles
SISTER ANGELICA & THE THREE HERMITS
TWO ONE-ACT OPERAS
with the KSU Symphony Orchestra
NOVEMBER 13-14, 2015 | 8PM
Morgan Hall, Bailey Performance Center
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Puccini’s timeless drama, Sister Angelica, finds its tragic heroine seven years after being sent to a convent as punishment for giving birth to a son out of wedlock. Although absorbed in everyday convent life, Sister Angelica’s deepest desire is to hear word of her son who she’s been separated from by her wealthy, noble family. Suddenly, a visitor from her past arrives at the convent with unexpected news and dire consequences that lead Sister Angelica down a turbulent path. The beauty found in this glorious operatic drama, including its miraculous conclusion, is highlighted by the skillfully woven colors of the orchestra and the incredible voices of an all-female cast.
The Three Hermits, by Grammy-Winning 21st Century American composer Stephen Paulus, is an uplifting opera based on a parable of the same name by Leo Tolstoy. As a Russian Orthodox bishop and his pilgrims travel aboard a ship, they encounter three childlike and innocent hermits living on a remote island. After attempting to formalize the hermits’ prayers to God, the bishop is humbled to witness the old men unknowingly perform a great miracle. With its splendid voices and rich orchestral texture, this rare operatic work expresses the profound divine mystery and magnificent redemption of the human spirit through heavenly revelation.
About KSU Opera Theater
The Opera Theater program at Kennesaw State University is an integral part of the vocal training for voice students in the School of Music. Offered as a class each semester, Opera Theater is open to any KSU student, by audition, who is interested in opera performance. Each semester, KSU Opera Theater presents either a production of a full-length opera or an end-of-the-semester opera gala concert featuring performances of scenes selected from various works. The class prepares students to perform repertoire in a wide variety of styles with additional focus on stage movement, acting, and interacting. Spring 2014’s opera gala, Cupid: Friend or Foe?, highlighted scenes of love and heartbreak from the Baroque and the French Romantic styles. A Surge of Power, Spring 2015’s opera gala, offered music from Monetverdi’s Coronation of Poppea, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Rossini’s The Count Ory, Bizet’s Carmen and Wagner’s Die Valkyre. Other recent productions include Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Nicolai’s The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love. In November 2014, KSU Opera Theater made its first foray into 21st Century repertoire by presenting Thomas Pasatieri’s comic opera The Hotel Casablanca.
Third Annual Coming Out Monologues Project Oct. 8-9, 8 p.m., Onyx Theatre
Directed by Jessica Duvall and Karen Robinson. Co-produced with GLBTIQ Student Retention Services. Funny, inspiring, and celebratory, this event features coming-out stories from Kennesaw State University and metro-area communities, and is performed by Kennesaw State students. Stay after each performance for dessert and dialogue, sponsored by Fifth Third Bank.
UR Radnocular: Oct. 9th, 12:30 p.m., WB 119
What, you may wonder, is UR RADNOCULAR? Here’s the translation: UR (for Undergraduate Research or text abbreviation for you are) RADNOCULAR, or the state of being extremely cool to an almost supernatural level. RADNOCULAR may also mean something unbelievably fantastic until seen, or almost impossible yet awesome.
Mark your calendars for the next event featuring the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies in WB119 on Friday, Oct. 9th at 12:30 p.m. Bring your lunch; drinks and dessert will be provided.
KSU’s Own Featured as Soloists for Atlanta Symphony Performance on October 9
Kennesaw State University School of Music presents
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Donald Runnicles, conductor; Christina Smith, flute; Elisabeth Remy Johnson, harp
Friday, October 9, 2015 | 8 p.m.
Morgan Hall at the Bailey Performance Center
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The Atlanta Symphony returns to Morgan Hall for the first of four performances during the 2015-16 season. Beloved ASO Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles leads the orchestra for this special program opening with Debussy’s Prelude to Afternoon of a Faun followed by Schubert’s Six German Dances. The program continues with Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto featuring ASO soloists, and KSU School of Music faculty members, Christina Smith, Principal Flute, and Principal Harpist Elisabeth Remy Johnson. The program closes with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 filled with delightfully unexpected twists and turns.
Debussy: Prelude to Afternoon of a Faun
Schubert/Webern: Six German Dances
Mozart: Concerto for Flute and Harp
Beethoven: Symphony No. 8
10: Celebrating Ten Years of Dance at Kennesaw State
Join us in the Stillwell Theater at 8 p.m., November 11-14, 2015, for our production celebrating ten years of dance at Kennesaw State University. Click here for tickets.
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The College of the Arts at Kennesaw State University is proud to present over 200 concerts, performances, and other special events during our 2015-2016 season, including exciting and innovative theater, music, dance, and visual arts events held on campus at the KSU Arts District.
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KSU well-represented at MCMA Professor of sculpture and small...
KSU well-represented at MCMA
Professor of sculpture and small metals, Deborah Hutchinson, was among many other Kennesaw State University artists whose artwork was chosen for display in the recent Juried Exhibition, Metro Montage XV, at the Marietta-Cobb Museum of Art. See more at http://www.mariettacobbartmuseum.org/metro-montage-xv.html
Spring Awakening replaces Little Shop of Horrors in the spring season
Caught between their sexual urges and society’s contradictory teachings, Spring Awakening is an alluringly melancholy story of self-discovery and coming of age anxiety as seen through the eyes of young teenagers. Set in repressive 19th century Germany, young students attempt to reckon with the thrilling, complicated and confusing time of their sexual awakening.
This haunting and provocative rock-musical is a powerful celebration of youth and rebellion in this daring fusion of morality, sexuality and rock & roll. Music by Duncan Sheik. Book and lyrics by Steven Sater. Based on the play by Frank Wedekind. Directed by Rick Lombardo.
Winner of 8 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
“A GROUNDBREAKING JOLT OF GENIUS!”
-The New York Post
“HAUNTING AND ELECTRIFYING! This brave new musical has a shivery, sensual allure unmatched by anything in the theater right now.”
-The New York Times
Join us in the Stillwell Theater on March 9-13 and March 16-20, 2016. Tickets are $5-20 and the program begins Wed. – Sat. at 8 p.m. and Sun. at 2 p.m.
PLEASE ADVISE: Spring Awakening is a powerful coming of age story with mature themes: sexual situations, partial nudity and strong language.
Dance, Dance, Dance! KSU Magazine story on Dance
Dance, Dance, Dance!
By Robert S. Godlewski
In just 10 years, dance at Kennesaw State’s has made a move into the limelight – from a fledgling program with just a few students into one of the most popular training grounds in the state.
From the beginning, founding director Ivan Pulinkala saw the potential popularity of dance as growing beyond a minor course of study.
“We had hoped to be able to find 15 minors in the first year‚” Pulinkala said at the time. “By mid−September‚ we already had 44.” By December of that year, the program had already broadened its reach to the international stage. Several dancers flew to Shanghai for a special performance of “The Monkey King,” which Pulinkala choreographed, based on a well-known Chinese story written during the Ming Dynasty.
Today, Pulinkala serves as chair of the Department of Dance, which offers a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and comprises the largest collegiate program in the state with more than 100 students majoring in dance.
That growth caused the need for expanded facilities, and in 2010 the department moved into new state-of the-art space at Chastain Pointe across from the main campus. A recent expansion has resulted in three studios, two of which are larger than any other dance studio in metro Atlanta.
Examples of the program’s status as an influential player in the Georgia dance scene have come among the many groundbreaking performances emerging from the Kennesaw State stage.
This past fall, the department mounted an ambitious dance performance featuring the works of several professors as well as Israeli guest choreographer and dancer Ido Tadmor, the artistic director of the Israeli Ballet. Almost 50 members of the KSU Dance Company, supported by a behind-the-scenes complement of more than a dozen technicians and crew, danced five works at the Howard Logan Stillwell Theater to near sell-out crowds for all six shows. Pyromania, a work created by Pulinkala, used special effects to realistically simulate fire on stage, even depicting the lead character on fire. “I was inspired by research on the psychology of a pyromaniac,” Pulinkala said of the experimental piece. “The choreography uses the subject matter metaphorically to investigate conditions of obsession, addiction and destructiveness that are part of every human experience.”
Will VanMeter, a first-year student, danced the title role and was a crowd favorite, judging by the applause he received. “I am studying to become a professional dancer in a contemporary ballet company,” VanMeter said. “I have found the artistry and passion here that are helping me to become a professional dancer.” Another standout work, Tadmor’s Black Morning, commissioned in partnership with the Consulate of Israel in Atlanta, presented a psychological study of grief but also of the triumph of the human soul in overcoming loss.
A decade ago, works such as these may not have found a home on the Kennesaw State stage. Edgy performances, combined with a growing reputation for excellence in teaching, has helped attract professional dancers and choreographers like Assistant Professor Daniel Gwirtzman to the faculty. The founder of the New York-based Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, he moved to Kennesaw in fall 2014 to be a part of the nation’s fastest growing dance program.
For his explosive/abstract piece “Volcano,” the choreographer selected senior dancer Alexandra Mjoll Gudbergsdottir, to be in the company. A native of Iceland, the dance major is well regarded among her fellow KSU Dance Company artists.
“Modern dance is absolutely my favorite because it is never the same,” said Gudbergsdottir, who plans to open a dance studio/school in Iceland. “The freedom and variety gives you the space to constantly grow as a dancer, and that is the true beauty of dance.”
The department trains performers, teachers and choreographers in its three concentrations of ballet, modern/contemporary and jazz, which are taught by regionally and nationally accomplished faculty and guest artists.
Dance students gain experience in all aspects of performance and production, including scenic, lighting and costume design, and execution. They also benefit from partnerships with Atlanta Ballet, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, Dance Canvas, gloATL and the Rialto Center for the Arts.
While only a few will become professional dancers, many will become accomplished teachers and all will gain an enduring appreciation for what it takes to dance.
Kennesaw State Dancers go to NYC
Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company dancers and KSU students gather around Daniel to review rehearsal footage for notes. | Photo by Jaiva Crawford
Not every student gets a taste of their dream before completing their education. But this past summer, four Kennesaw State University students got to do just this. Through a CARET (Creative Activities and Research Experiences for Teams) grant awarded to KSU dance professor Daniel Gwirtzman through the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), these students danced and worked alongside professionals in Gwirtzman’s New York-based company, Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company.
Professor Gwirtzman selected the team of students, who have worked with him since last fall: Jaiva Crawford, Simon Phillips, Isaac Rose, and Simone Stevens. These KSU dance majors worked closely with Gwirtzman, developing Project CHORD (Choreographic Help on Realizing Dance), a video resource designed to aid in the study of choreography. They also had multiple opportunities to work alongside the professional dancers, understudying and performing. “There was nothing ‘student’ about their experience,” says Gwirtzman. “They learned craft and artistry from a range of experienced dancers.”
KSU students Simon Phillips and Simone Stevens rehearse a signature duet of the Company’s, Obsession, which has been in the Company’s repertory since 1999. | Photo by Martha Lavery
The CARET grant enabled the students to grow and learn outside the classroom. The grant supports the involvement of undergraduate students in research and creative activities. “How many people do you know who get to go to New York without going through an audition process or having to pay thousands of dollars?” says Crawford. “CETL paid for everything, except for my plane ticket. It was a journey that would not have happened if I were not here [at KSU]. It’s not everyday that you get an opportunity like that.”
“On one hand, I could have gone to the [Alvin] Ailey dance school for the summer… but this was a better opportunity. I got to learn what it takes to put a show on. I got to see the choreographic process,” says Rose.
A late night in the studio this July, rehearsing The Summertime Suite in Times Square. Simon Phillips is dancing and the other students are assisting. | Photo by Martha Lavery
The four students assisted Gwirtzman on multiple projects in the studio on a daily basis. “The students had a range of responsibilities that included setting up the technical needs for the day, taking notes, learning choreography, helping to teach choreography, stepping in for dancers that were absent from rehearsal, rehearsing for 6-7 hours daily, and then preparing through these rehearsals for performances.”
Moments before the big performance in Bryant Park the Company gathers around producer Tiffany Rea-Fisher for last minute information. Pictured: Daniel (in yellow), KSU dancers Simone Stevens (in pink) and Jaiva Crawford (back to us). | Photo by Martha Lavery
A highlight of the trip was performing in front of approximately 2,000 people in New York’s Bryant Park. Three of the students performed in the program, while one understudied multiple roles.
“We performed in Bryant Park, and that’s probably the coolest thing I’ve done so far.
It was really humbling for us to get to perform in front of [so many people],” says Stevens.
Putting it together! Daniel makes final adjustments to the Company’s curtain call during the mid-afternoon rehearsal. | Photo by Martha Lavery
“I was challenged because I didn’t always get to dance,” says Crawford. “Sometimes I was an understudy. That was frustrating to me because, of course, I wanted to dance and be in the forefront. But it meant that sometimes to lead you have to follow. To be great, you have to serve, and not everybody off the bat gets to join a company and be in the limelight. Sometimes you have to start as an understudy.”
KSU dancer Simon Phillips, in performance with Justin Keats and Derek Crescenti, dancing Olympiad. | Photo by Morteza Golpoor
These opportunities added to the quality and excitement of these students’ education. For Gwirtzman, “The satisfaction of observing their success is a great gift to a teacher. Embraced by both the professional community and the general audiences, the students’ enthusiasm and skills definitely struck a chord with me.” As more opportunities come their way, both at KSU and beyond, these talented students will surely strike a chord wherever they travel.
DGDC performs the Carousel lift from The Summertime Suite, which the dancers had been rehearsing in the studio (#3). | Photo by Morteza Golpoor
Masterclass with Patdro Harris
Director, Writer, and Broadway Choreographer Patdro Harris will offer a masterclass and artist’s talk on Friday, September 11, 2015: 2:30-4:30 pm. Location: Studio 2 in the Department of Dance at Chastain Pointe.
Patdro Harris (Director/Broadway Choreographer/Writer) has combined his skills to become one of the most innovative and creative talents of our time. He is nationally and internationally recognized and respected by colleagues, critics, and fans. He was voted “… best director” by the Star Tribune Minneapolis. The Washington Post hails him as a “superb choreographer”. The New York Times applauds his artistry as “praiseworthy”. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution enthusiastically commends his work as “dynamic … brilliant…solid season after season”. And the Houston Chronicle says “…excellent and energizing direction and stunning choreography makes the show an absolute joy to experience.
He has directed at distinguished theaters such as The Alliance Theater, Sacramento Theatre Company, Round House Theater, Liberty Theater Cultural Center, San Diego Repertory Theater Company, Penumbra Theater, Tuskegee Repertory Theater, Ensemble Theater, Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theater Company, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Theatrical Outfit, Connecticut Repertory Theater, The Tribeca Performing Arts Center, the Ira Aldridge Theatre Howard University, the Storch Theatre Syracuse University and the Charles Winter Wood Theatre Florida A&M University.
He also served as choreographer, artistic consultant, and movement director with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Kennedy Center, Studio Theatre D.C, City Theatre of Pittsburgh, Minneapolis Mixed Blood Theatre, Jomandi Productions, The National Black Theatre Festival, Guthrie Theater, The National Black Arts Festival, Portland Center Stage, and Broadway’s Royal Theatre.
Patdro has traveled the world as choreographer and lead dancer
for the incomparable Stevie Wonder. He has worked
with such artists
as The SOS Band, TC Carson, Daryl Coley, Yolanda
Adams, and India Arie. His talents were also showcased
as Choreographer and Movement
Specialist in Toni Morrison’s world premiere opera, Margaret Garner. He choreographed the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit A Raisin in the Sun starring
Sean Combs and Phylicia Rashad.
Mr. Harris attended Alabama State University. In his current home of Atlanta, Georgia he has served on many arts committees including the Georgia Council for the Arts, and the Advisory Dance Panel for the Bureau of Cultural Affairs. He holds to his credit the 1996 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Choreography and has been honored with a nomination for the same award for Best Supporting Actor. He also received a 2002 Drammy Award for Best Choreography and the 2007 Dance Ministry Magazine’s Trailblazer Award for Dance Choreographer of the year. He has received a 2009, 2010, & 2011 Giorgee Award for Best Director and Best Show of the Year. In 2009 he received Atlanta’s top theatre award The Suzi Bass Award for Outstanding Choreography and in 2013 he won the Suzi for Outstanding Director of a Play.
Parade: 11/ 19, 7:30 p.m.
The Strand Theatre, Marietta | $5-$20
Directed by Harrison Long.
Music direction by Judy Cole.
Book by Alfred Uhry.
Music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown.
This Tony-award winning musical recounts the sequence of events that culminated in the 1915 lynching of Leo Frank, the Jewish manager of a pencil factory who was accused of murdering Mary Phagan, a 13-year-old employee. Our concert-style staging commemorates the one-hundredth anniversary of these tragic moments in Georgia’s history.
Co-sponsored by KSU’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Radow Lecture Series, and the Department of Museums, Archives & Rare Books.
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The Scarlet Letter: 10/20-25, 2015
Stillwell Theater | $5-$20
Tuesday – Saturday 8 p.m. | Sunday 2 p.m.
By Nathaniel Hawthorne. Adapted by John Gentile. Directed by John Gentile and Henry Scott.
As relevant today as when it was first written, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s masterpiece is a haunting and romantic tale of Puritan America’s struggles with religion, law, and sexuality.
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Companion Lecture: “The Scarlet Letter in Context, 1650-2015.”
Sandra Hughes, Ph.D., President-Elect of the
Nathaniel Hawthorne Society.
October 21, 2015 | 3:30 - 4:45 p.m.
Stillwell Theater | Free
The Killer: 9/15-20, 2015
September 15-20, 2015 | $5-$12
Tues. – Sat. 8 p.m. | Sun. 2 p.m.
By Eugène Ionesco. Translated by Michael Feingold. Directed by Peter Campbell. Coordinated and designed by Rebecca Makus.
This reimagining of Ionesco’s play about failed utopias explores the use of new media in performance with spoken language and movement, followed by film and a shadow play.
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An Evening with Dael Oerlandersmith: 9/10-12, 8 p.m.
Join us at the Stillwell Theater as award-winning performer, poet, and playwright Dael Oerlandersmith offers an evening of captivating solo performance that features her most recent work.
According to Encyclopedia.com, “Playwright Dael Orlandersmith belongs to a daring new generation of African-American women writing for the stage and winning establishment recognition for their work. Orlandersmith often acts in her plays as well, delivering critically acclaimed portrayals of lives torn apart by poverty, racism, or substance abuse. Commenting on the sometimes desolate emotional territory that her stories traverse, the New York-based writer reflected in an interview with Stuart Miller for American Theatre that “there is humanity within a bleak story. We find that humanity by exposing the darkness. I use language as a tool. Just the fact that the story itself is told—and hopefully well—is cause for hope.”
Watch a scene from her solo work “Forever” and read The New York Times review here.
Read more about her life here.
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Artist Henrik Drescher to visit KSU September 8-10, 2015
Danish artist Henrik Drescher will visit Kennesaw State University September 8-10, 2015. He will be speaking about his China Days project on Tuesday, September 8th at 5:00 in the Wilson Building, room 103.
According to Wikipedia, Drescher and his family emigrated in 1967 to the United States. Drescher began studying at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston but quit after one semester to become an illustrator. While travelling in North America and Europe, he kept journals of notes and drawings that informed his later work.Drescher’s editorial illustrations appear regularly in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Newsweek, Time, and Rolling Stone. He has also written and illustrated several books, including books for children. To learn more, visit http://hdrescher.com/
Atlanta Opera Opens 2015-16 Signature Series with Schubert’s “Winter Journey”
The School of Music’s 2015-16 Signature Series opens with a rare gem: Franz Schubert’s famed song cycle Winter Journey (“Winterreise”) performed on campus by The Atlanta Opera. The special performance will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2015 in Morgan Hall at the Bailey Performance Center and is part of The Atlanta Opera’s 2015-16 Discoveries Series.
The Atlanta Opera’s performance of Schubert’s intense and emotional song cycle about unrequited love will feature acclaimed baritone David Adam Moore in a semi-staged, theatrical production rather than in a recital format as this work is usually performed. Unique to this production, the scenery will be created using projected, moving images and sophisticated multimedia designs displayed throughout the performance.
Each season, the Kennesaw State University School of Music presents the Signature Series featuring special performances by nationally and internationally renowned artists and ensembles along with special performances by School of Music student and faculty performers. In addition to Winter Journey, the 2015-16 Signature Series will feature multiple performances by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the 10th annual Collage Scholarship Concert, and a special program titled “Game On” performed by the KSU Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble performing live video game music.
Tickets for this performance and the other Signature Series events are $35-55 and may be purchased at ticketing.kennesaw.edu. Patrons who wish to attend additional Signature Series performances throughout the 2015-16 season may purchase a subscription package and receive discounted tickets to all performances plus exclusive subscriber benefits.
Kennesaw State University School of Music presents
The Atlanta Opera: Winter Journey
Saturday, September 12, 2015 | 8 p.m.
Morgan Hall at the Bailey Performance Center
The Mystery of Irma Vep: August 21, 8 p.m.
Join us on August 21st at the Stillwell Theater
as the TPS faculty kicks off the season with a staged reading of this
outrageous Gothic farce that spoofs Shakespeare, Victorian penny dreadfuls, werewolf movies and more. $10 at the door helps benefit education abroad scholarships.
Early Fall 2015 Exhibitions featuring KSU Artists
Early Fall 2015 Exhibitions featuring KSU Artists
New works by Don Robson and Robert Sherer
Opening reception: Saturday, August 8, 6-10 pm.
KIBBEE GALLERY, 688 Linwood Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA, United States
Memory, storytelling, symbols and metaphor weave through the works of these two established artists. Appropriation of imagery is an important aspect for both artists. Robson and Sherer went to graduate school together at Edinboro University and now both teach art at Kennesaw State University.
Don Robson’s work mixes imagery from past and present to rewrite familiar narratives. His work mirrors his fascination with interconnectedness. The symbolic baggage of images re-combine to re-present recognized stories.
Robert Sherer’s wood-burnings are mostly autobiographical, but a few are pure fantasy. Memories of his outdoorsy rural upbringing closely resemble classic 1960’s illustrations. The result is a mixture of appropriation, mimicry, parody, and nostalgia. The intent of the series is not simply kitsch nostalgia but rather an attempt to unearth from memory those pivotal moments when the natural love between males challenges and disrupts the social schema of male competition.
This show runs August 8 - 29, 2015. Closing reception Sat. August 29, 7-9 pm.
Kibbee Gallery is open Thursday, Friday, Saturday 2-6 pm.
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 22, 6-8 p.m.
Zuckerman Museum of Art
This exhibition showcases the talents of the newest faculty members from the Kennesaw State University School of Art and Design.
Artists: Geo Sipp, Jeff Campana, Craig Brasco
August 22 - October 16, 2015
Joe Mack Wilson Building | Fine Arts Gallery | Zuckerman Museum of Art
(image of ceramic work by Jeff Campana)
MAT Students gain Practicum Experience
The ARED 7704: Intercultural Art Education practicum experience held on July 16, 2015 at the Sunshine House in Kennesaw was an opportunity for students to design and teach two interactive timelines—one the art of the Aztecs and the other on the art of the Navajo people. The MAT students designed the games in teams and then facilitated them accordingly. We are proud of Professor Sandra Bird for her leadership in this connection with our community.