Document Type

Grant Application

Project/Presentation Title

New Media Department Spring Lecture Series


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Project Period

FY 2009- 2010

Event Sponsor

Cultural Affairs and Distinguished Lecture Series

Project Abstract/ Summary

The New Media Department and the Intermedia MFA Program are requesting funds to help support our Spring lecture series. All of the visiting artists and researchers proposed in our lecture series will publicly share their expertise in the following areas: an evening public lecture with question and answer period to follow (except Christopher Biddle), classroom visits and direct one-on-one student meetings andlor critiques, and in two cases they will provide half day workshops for interested people across the university and local communities. Each of the featured artists have been selected, because of the quality and engaging nature of their work, as well as the relation of their work to exposing students and community members to a diversity of creative practices and activities. The artists' desire to interact with the students, in a learning environment and to engender excitement about the arts on Campus was another qualifring factor in their selection. The Spring Intermedia Lecture Series has many benefits to the University of Maine and the local community. Some academic programs that will directly benefit from the lecture series include: Music, Theatre, English, Math, Film Studies, Sculpture, Art and Performing Art. The contributions of the Visiting Artist Speaker Program include, but are not limited to: exposure to distinguished and contemporary artists, educationally beneficial engagement opportunities, and interaction with professionals from a variety of ethnic, cultural, and critical backgrounds.