Funding for the Fine Arts

Ailey II in "Revelations," part of the program of performances at Towson University. Photo: Eduardo Patino, NYC
Ailey II in "Revelations," part of the program of performances at Towson University. Photo: Eduardo Patino, NYC

October 26, 2011 (Towson, Md.): Throughout the past year, Towson University’s College for Fine Arts and Communications has been the recipient of a number of noteworthy grants that have further enabled faculty and students to develop their projects and visions and to enhance the general fine arts experience for both the campus and the community at large. Assistant Professor Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell of the Department of Dance successfully secured funding from the Maryland State Arts Council to support a performance by Ailey II, the junior company of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. This enabled dance students to examine and refine their own approaches to dance education and the art of choreography, while granting the Greater Baltimore community an opportunity for further education and enrichment.

The Maryland State Arts Council also granted funding for the Department of Art to host exhibitions of student and faculty artwork at the Center for the Arts Gallery and the Holtzman Gallery on campus. The main exhibit benefited by the received funds will be the Amalie Rothschild Retrospective Exhibition, which will present artist Amalie Rothschild’s work, dealing with the issues surrounding the balance of marriage, family, and professional life. The programming will be coordinated by the Department of Art, the Department of Women’s Studies, and the Women’s Center in an effort to reach out to women beyond the university community. This task is being directed by Professor J. Susan Isaacs of the Department of Art.

Under the guidance of Suewhei Shieh, the Asian Arts & Culture Center is once again the proud recipient of an operating grant given by the Baltimore Commission on Arts & Sciences, in support of the Center’s continued operation in fiscal year 2012. The Asian Arts & Culture Center is also the recipient of an increased grant award given by the Maryland State Arts Council for operation in 2012. To receive such financial support, especially in this period of economic downturn, is a demonstration of the commitment of local funding agencies to supporting the cultural mission of the Center.

These accomplishments are in keeping with the College for Fine Arts and Communications’ historical standard of excellence. The College will no doubt continue to enrich and diversify the community both within and beyond Towson University through the development, refinement and exhibition of the artistic endeavors of the students and faculty.

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