Department: Art HistoryDate Posted:
June 19, 2012
> From: Rodger Rak
> Date: June 19, 2012 8:55:25 AM PDT
> Subject: All-UC Arts Focus Term in Washington DC
> I am writing to make you aware of an exciting opportunity available to all UC undergraduates interested in the Arts. UC upper division undergraduate students interested in the Arts & Humanities are invited to participate in the spring ’13 Arts Focus term at the University of California, Washington Center (UCDC) in Washington, DC. The program combines experiential learning, through a variety of Arts specific internships at DC's many arts & cultural institutions, along with an arts focused curriculum.
Additionally students will have an opportunity through courses, forums, lectures, tours and performances to participate in DC's rich landscape of visual, performing and literary arts.
> The just completed Spring ’12 Arts Focus term was marked by a public performances of UC student musical compositions at the National Gallery of art and Aristophanes’ play “The Congresswomen” by the UCDC Players. UCDC students Diarmid Flatley and Jacob Sundstrom had their musical compositions performed by the internationally acclaimed JACK Quartet at a concert at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building on Sunday, June 3rd. Flatley’s piece “Probabilities” and Sundstrom’s composition “no comment from the Grey oom” were created as final projects for the first All-UC Music Composition course led by UCDC Director of Arts Initiatives Roger Reynolds. Professor Reynolds is a Pulitzer Prize winning composer and University Professor at UC San Diego.
> The UCDC Players performed their interpretation of ancient Greek playwright Aristophanes’ “The Congresswomen” on Monday and Tuesday, June 4th and 5th. This play examines the role of gender in political life and in this re-invention of Aristophanes comedy Ancient Greece is exchanged for contemporary Washington, DC and its characters pulled from the ranks of the US Congress. The performance is the culmination of a theater course led by Professor Danny Scheie.
Professor Scheie is Professor of Theater at UC Santa Cruz and is a staple of the DC theater scene with recent starring performances at Arena Stage and the Folger Shakespeare Theater.
> Internship opportunities in the Arts abound. Recent program participants have interned at the National Gallery of Art, Phillips Collection, Hirshhorn Museum, Library of Congress, National Folklife Festival, Arena Stage, Shakespeare Theater, Folger Shakespeare Library and many other major museums, galleries, theaters and arts advocacy organizations. Oh, and if they have a political bent there are lots of opportunities on Capitol Hill and in the White House. I invite you to make your students aware of this outstanding opportunity. For further information, please contact Melody Johnson at email@example.com or 202-974-6382. You may also visit our web site athttp://www.ucdc.edu/academic/arts-focus-quarter. We will be updating this web page throughout the year.