Monday, October 29, 2007

New Web site provides one stop for cultural arts at USC

Newly designed Web site provides one stop for cultural arts

What’s going on in the arts at the University of South Carolina? The Arts Institute’s newly expanded Web site – -- offers arts enthusiasts a comprehensive resource for events, news and opportunities at the university.

Executive director Kwame Dawes said the Web site provides a central location for university students, faculty and staff and the public to find arts information.

“There is more happening in the arts every day at Carolina than ever before,” Dawes said. “We wanted to create a Web site that centralizes arts information in a way that would make it easier for members of the university community and everyone else who enjoys the arts at Carolina to discover the arts events they want to attend, as well as opportunities for auditions, contests and grants across all the arts disciplines on campus.”

Web site features include the following:

# “Arts Calendar” -- a month-by-month list of all arts events with detailed information on each listing;

# “Arts Date of the Week” -- a spotlight of an arts event of particular interest to students;

# “Arts Opportunities” -- detailed information on auditions, contests, scholarships, grants and other arts-related opportunities on campus;

# “Featured Artist” -- a biweekly profile of arts faculty and students; and

# “Arts Blog” -- a forum for arts-related discussion moderated by adjunct art professor Blake Morgan.

The blog is intended to bring arts discussions that take place in the classroom to a larger audience.

“Blake is interested in big issues that play out in all the arts,” said Charlene Spearen, program coordinator for the Arts Institute. “His intent is to start an interdisciplinary dialog that invites artists and arts patrons of all types to think together about issues and concerns that are common to all arts disciplines.”

On the “Arts Opportunities” section, students and faculty will find information and application materials needed to apply for Arts Institute grants, which provide matching funds for interdisciplinary arts-based programming. To date, the institute has awarded 30 grants that have created events and showcased student and faculty talent.

“We would love to see a lot of students take advantage of the availability of Arts Institute grants to dream in big and innovative ways about their own creativity and how it fits in to the larger picture of all the creative work that is being done on campus,” Spearen said.

The Arts Institute was founded in 2005 to encourage collaboration among the university’s arts disciplines and to make the university’s cultural arts more visible to students and the community. Dawes said the Web site plays an important role in fulfilling the institute’s mission.

Call 803-777-5492 for more information about the Arts Institute and to provide feedback on the newly designed Web site:

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