GOALS FOR PUBLIC PROGRAMMING AT THE CULTURAL CENTER
- To create opportunities for students to participate in all aspects of a working performing arts center
- To facilitate personal, substantive interaction between performing artists and students around common interests, such as art, the art world, and questions and issues of our day
- To enrich campus cultural life with a lively and varied program that speaks to student interests while inviting them to enlarge their sphere of taste and experiences
- To engage our local and regional community with new cultural opportunities
- To support artistic creation and performance
A TWO-PRONGED APPROACH TO PUBLIC PROGRAMMING
- Presentations that supports local and regional performing artists including local theater (particularly our theater-in-residence), singer/songwriters, folk musicians, bluegrass ensembles, jazz ensembles, films by local filmmakers, visual artists, etc.
- Presentations that are currently unavailable in our region, or that would otherwise require patrons to travel a significant distance, including those by national and international performing artists, such as jazz, classical, and world music, touring theatrical and dance performances, and independent, classic, international, and family films.
CRITERIA FOR PUBLIC PROGRAMS
- They must be excellent. That is not to say they must all be major, recognizable, celebrity performers—they may even be emerging artists—but they must represent artistic quality.
- They must connect. Programs should be presented in a personable way that makes an audience feel at home; that educates without patronizing; that connects with themes, ideas, or people in our area. For example, a dance company might conduct pre-performance workshops with dance students at Eagle Hill School and the surrounding communities, and then involve participants in the actual performance.
- They must educate our students and, when possible, others in the community, in any one of a host of ways: conducting workshops; conducting Q&A “meet the artist” sessions; delivering a talk; participating in a discussion group relating their performance to larger themes and questions; etc.