Arts Weekly Newsletter 3/29

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Arts Fest Poster/T-shirt Competition

Let your design be the face of Arts Fest! The Arts Scholars Program is looking for a poster/T-shirt design for the annual Arts Fest which will be held on April 26/27th, 2019. The event is mandatory for all Arts Scholars students so an inclusive, creative design will be seen and admired by your peers! The winning logo will be printed on t-shirts and promotional posters, posted on social media, and hung in Bel Air. If you would like to submit a logo design for the contest, please adhere to these rules and submission guidelines. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact us at Good luck and happy creating! Deadline March 31 at midnight.

Concert in Close Quarters Thursday!

Concert In Close Quarters features Tomeka Reid and her stringtet on Thursday April 4th at 7pm in CCC 1100. Meet a professional musician, earn Pentathalon credit, and eat free pizza! Here's a link to her website:

Cellist, composer, educator, and UMD School of Music alumna Tomeka Reid is described as "a remarkably versatile player" (Chicago Tribune) for her nimble improvisations with classical cello. Equally adept in classical and jazz contexts, Reid predominantly finds herself in experimental settings and composes for a wide range of instrumentation, from big band to chamber ensemble, that combines groove along with freer concepts. In this performance, Reid presents her Stringtet, combining seven string players with drums in a unique improvisatory ensemble.

Wanted: Student representatives at Open House 

Our next open houses for the incoming freshman class are April 5 and 12 from 1-2pm. Help Harold, Heather, and Kenna welcome your new peers! Volunteer here:

Enjoying the Arts Scholars Program? 

Nominations are now being accepted for Scholars Faculty and Staff Appreciation Awards
During your time at College Park Scholars, has a program faculty or staff member had a significant impact on you? Has a Scholars graduate assistant pushed you to excel? The Scholars Faculty and Staff Appreciation Awards give you the chance to recognize these people. Nominate any Scholars faculty or staff member for any of the following awards: Outstanding Mentor, Most Engaging in Class, The Face of their Field, Unsung Hero, or a “Create Your Own” category.  Students can submit a nomination form until April 11.

Have a conflict with Arts Fest? 

Arts Fest is April 26 and 27th. All Arts Scholars are required to attend and will need to complete an assignment during the festival. Please let Heather ( know as soon as possible if you have prior commitments and are unable to attend.

Contribute to a Capstone!

The following Arts Scholars would like your contributions for their capstone projects.  Please consider contributing to one or more of the projects below.
Survey on Americanization and African Culture
Chidinma Opaigbeogu & Adwoa Andoh are conducting a survey to better understand the African students at UMDs perspective on Americanization and African culture. They will use the information to help inform their capstone project which will be a poetry and painting exhibition to showcase the beauty of Africa and provide a safe space for other Africans who have felt their identity has been affected by being in the States.  You can complete the survey by following this link:

Survey on Popular Comics
Justyn Alexander is conducting a study about what elements of comics (storyline, inking style, coloring, layout, etc.) students find most appealing.  Fill out this survey about what makes engaging and popular comics (in general) for a chance to win $50!


Looking for supporting courses for Fall 2019? 
The supporting course lists for the Arts Scholars citation are now available in the Files section of ELMS. 

Pentathlon event 3 due April 2!



Become an Arts Scholars TA next year!

Earn credit while learning valuable teaching skills and helping your peers! If you are interested in applying please see the Arts TA application in Assignments on ELMS. Deadline April 19. 

Pentathlon event 3 due April 2!

Pentathlon Opportunities

Second Season: Graduate Dance Concert

Friday, March 29 - 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Saturday, March 30 - 7:00 - 9:00pm
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Dance Theatre
Free, tickets required.
Featuring provocative choreography by MFA in Dance students, this concert is a collection of eclectic new works, serving as an unguarded exploration of these diverse artists' talents and interests.

Royal Scottish Country Dance

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Mathematics Building Rotunda
We offer a Scottish country dancing class and practice. (An ancestor of square dancing and a cousin of the dancing you have seen in Jane Austen movies.) Taught by certificated Scottish Country Dance teacher Howard Lasnik (Distinguished University Professor of Linguistics). ANYONE can come! No experience required! No partner needed! No Scottish heritage required!

NextLOOK: Tarik O'Meally Night Light

Thursday, April 4, 2019 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Jimenez Hall, Room 0220
Tickets starting at $5
 Night Light is a reflective examination of the current discordant American crisis of identity. Performed in a survival horror setting, Night Light investigates what our innermost monsters represent...discovering how we face and conquer those monsters emboldened by faith that the conflict will improve us. Through visceral athletic movement, this work explores themes of self-preservation, transformation and wholeness to a haunting musical score.


Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock Screening

Monday, April 1, 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
South Campus Commons, 1102 Building 1
People Power Series Screening
The Dakota Access Pipeline is a controversial project that brings fracked crude oil from the Bakken Shale in North Dakota through South Dakota, Iowa and eventually to Illinois. The Standing Rock Tribe and people all over the world oppose the project because the pipeline runs under the Missouri river, a source of drinking water for over 18 million people, and pipeline leaks are commonplace. Since 2010, over 3,300 oil spills and leaks have been reported. Moving from summer 2016, when demonstrations over the Dakota Access Pipeline's demolishing of sacred Native burial grounds began, to the current and disheartening pipeline status, AWAKE, A Dream from Standing Rock is a powerful visual poem. The Water Protectors at Standing Rock captured world attention through their peaceful resistance. The film documents the story of Native-led defiance that has forever changed the fight for clean water, our environment and the future

At the Hoff: 

  • Spiderman: Into the Spider-verse - 4/3 and 4/4 at 8pm

Visual Art

Here and Now: Recent Acquisitions
UMD Art Gallery
Art-Soc Building
Jan 30 to Apr 5, 2019
Honors the many generous contributions from donors that make possible the continued growth of the University of Maryland Art Gallery's permanent collection. Every five years the Gallery mounts an exhibition of notable recent acquisitions and gifts. Highlights from 2014-2019 include an entire gallery devoted to the work of Washington Color School artist Paul Reed from the Bill McGillicuddy collection and the Jean Reed Roberts collection, donations and promised gifts of significant African Art from the Dr. Stephen and Dr. Sharlene Weiss collection and the Dr. Gilbert and Jean Jackson collection, several Japanese hanging scrolls from the G. Lewis and Kyoko Edayoshi Schmidt collection, major works by Latinx artists Natalia Blanch, Dora De Larios, GeoVanna Gonzalez, and Analia Saban, among many others. 

Posing Beauty in African American Culture 
Driskell Center
Jan 31 to Apr 7, 2019
This exhibition examines the contested ways in which African and African American beauty has been represented in historical and contemporary contexts through a diverse range of media including photography, film, video, fashion, advertising, and other forms of popular culture such as music and the Internet. The exhibition explores contemporary understandings of beauty by framing the notion of aesthetics, race, class, and gender within art, popular culture, and political contexts.

Visualizing Narratives: Shaping Resistance
February 13th - March 30th
Stamp Gallery
Monday – Thursday 10am - 8pm, Friday 10am - 6pm, and Saturday 11am - 5pm
Visualizing Narratives: Shaping Resistance seeks to explore the role of visual production around protests and forms of resistance. It will consider such questions as: How does the mass media visually shape narratives? How does artwork respond to, reshape, interrogate, or blur these narratives? How does the visual response to protests and resistance movements by artists memorialize or historicize events?  The exhibition presents works in a variety of media––including sculpture, photography, installation, and video––by Becci Davis, Malik M. Lloyd, Leah Modigliani, Susanne Slavick, and the TUG Collective.

New exhibitions at UMUC. See:

Creative Jam LIVE Tournament

Friday, March 29, 2019 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Edward St. John Learning & Teaching Center
DIT is partnering with Adobe to host UMD's first Creative Jam LIVE! Students can participate in a fast-paced tournament to develop a user experience. Exercise your decision-making process, test your design-thinking skills, learn industry-standard design tools (Adobe XD), get inspired by industry speakers, receive feedback on your work, and win gift card prizes! Following a one-hour crash course on Adobe XD on the day of the Jam, student teams will design an infographic, poster, app prototype or website supporting the theme, Digital Responsiblity.


Bach Cantata
Thursday, February 21 - May 2
1:30 PM
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Grand Pavilion
Free, no tickets required.
Bach, the great master, wrote more than 200 cantatas, and UMD Choral Activities aims to sing them all in this series of informal performances by students, faculty, staff and community friends.

Kreativity Open Mic Night 2018
Friday, March 1 - Mon , May 13
7:30 PM
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Cafritz Foundation Theatre
Free, no tickets required.
Join the Kreators of the Kreativity Diversity Troupe for an open mic night, full of music, dance, and spoken word.

Kurt Weill Festival: An Affair to Remember
Friday, March 29, 2019 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
MilkBoy ArtHouse 7416 Baltimore Ave, College Park, Maryland 20740
Free, tickets required.
One of the great Weill interpreters of our time, Austrian-born soprano Ute Gfrerer joins UMD faculty member Tim McReynolds for an evening focused on the remarkable love story of Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya. Through Weill's music, we explore the earliest days of their relationship, their immigration to America, and beyond.

Faculty Artist Series: Polish Revival From Beyond the Border
Sunday, March 31
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Gildenhorn Recital Hall
Cost: Free, no tickets required.
The Left Bank Quartet presents the music of 20th- and 21st-century Polish composers, familiar and unknown. The program is balanced by Beethoven's masterful Great Fugue, a work whose revival was championed by Polish violin virtuoso Henryk Wieniawski.

Spring Chamber Jazz
Tuesday, April 2 - 7:30 PM
Wednesday, April 3 - 7:30 PM
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Gildenhorn Recital Hall
Cost: Free, no tickets required.
Experience the soulful, syncopated sounds of jazz in this lively concert, featuring classic tunes, plus original works by UMD alumni and current students. Attend both nights: each performance features a different program.


DC Queer Studies Symposium: Reflections on Disidentifications at 20
Friday, March 29, 2019 9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Tawes Hall, Ulrich Recital Hall
In 1999, the queer theorist and performance studies scholar José Esteban Muñoz published the book Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics. It remains one of the most influential works in queer theory and queer of color critique over the last two decades. The book brought together fields of study too rarely put into conversation – women of color feminisms, literary-critical theory, and histories of theater and performance – and developed a new framework for the concept of “disidentification” to address the dynamics of social exclusion and cultural production among queer people of color engaged in both experimental and popular culture. The 12th Annual DC Queer Studies Symposium will bring together scholars and artists for a one-day event dedicated to the legacy of this field-defining book.

Henson Awards Showcase
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Cafritz Foundation Theatre
Cost: Free, no tickets required.
The talented student recipients of the Jim Henson Fund for Puppetry will perform/present their funded projects. This year's student presenters are Kristen Ahern (MFA Design candidate), Olivia Brann (MA candidate), Chris Brusberg (MFA Design candidate), and Stacey Carlson (MFA Dance candidate).

Scholars event: Talk by Dr. Twesigye Jackson Kaguri, Founder & CEO of the Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project in Uganda 
Thursday, April 4
Dr. Twesigye Jackson Kaguri, Founder & CEO of the Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project in Uganda, will be speaking in CCC 1100. Dr. Kaguri is a Ugandan native and Columbia University graduate who has spoken at universities worldwide about global education, community development, social change, and empowering women. He's a CNN Hero, has spoken at the UN, and is author of 5 books. Check out the Nyaka School website, as well as Dr. Kaguri's biography.

In 2001, Kaguri founded The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project in response to the devastating effects of AIDS in his hometown. The organization provides free education to children who have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS. In addition to two primary schools and a secondary a school, it also operates two libraries, farm and nutrition programs, a medical clinic, two clean water systems, and a support program for the grandmothers who care for up to 14 children at a time.

Music Scholars Lecture Series: Kurt Weill and The New Objectivity
Friday, April 5, 2019 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Leah M. Smith Hall
Cost: Free, no tickets required.
Stephen Hinton, Professor of Musicology at Stanford and Weill scholar will present on his paper "Kurt Weill and The New Objectivity" as part of the Kurt Weill Festival.
Other Opportunities

Your chance to dance!
The Clarice is seeking people to participate in the performance of Dancenorth's new work Attractor! Please see here for more information about the performance: 

Alumni Association Scholarship
Deadline: April 7

Competitive applicants should have a cumulative GPA of a 3.0 higher, show commitment to the university community through on-campus and/or off-campus involvement, and exhibit Terp pride. Legacy status (a family member of the applicant has attended the University of Maryland, College Park) is an additional element of the review process but is not a requirement for consideration. The application is currently available online

Environmental Justice Art Contest
Deadline: April 15

The SGA Sustainability Committee is running an art contest for Earth Fest that revolves around the theme of environmental justice. WINNERS WILL BE DISPLAYED AT EARTH DAY FEST ON APRIL 22ND. EMAIL SUBMISSIONS TO SGASUSTAINABILITY@UMD.EDU 
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