Arts Weekly Newsletter 4/12

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This week at Arts Scholars...

Scholars in Action Event Tomorrow!

Good Neighbor Day, Sentinel Swamp Cleanup 
When: Saturday April 13th 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
Where: Sentinel Swamp, near College Park Metro
What: Cleaning up the natural space and removing invasive plants, potentially planting 
Sign up at:

Coffee & Crafts this week

Paper Marbling
Tuesday, April 16
7:30 - 9:00pm, Bel Air Study Lounge

Pop-up Cards
Thursday, April 18
5:00 - 6:30pm, Bel Air Study Lounge

Kurt Weill Festival Field Trip Wednesday

If you are signed up for the Kurt Weill Festival Street Scene Festival at the Clarice on Wednesday, April 17. Please meet Kenna in the lobby of the Clarice at 7:15 pm.

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.

Save the Dates: Academic Showcase and Scholars Kickball Tournament

Academic Showcase is May 3 4 - 5:30pm - All Scholars are required to attend. The annual Scholars Kickball Tournament is May 4 at 10am. Let's help Arts win for the first time!

Help us redesign the Bel Air Lounge 

Would you like more comfy seating or space to practice your instrument in the Bel Air Lounge? Contribute your ideas here:

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!

Submissions wanted for VADE Magazine
Balbina Yang is launching a creative writing and arts magazine for Asian-Americans. VADE Magazine is dedicated to serving the Asian-American community through fiction, poetry, photography, fine arts, and music. VADE is currently accepting submissions for the spring semester! Please email with your work and check out the website at Hope to hear from you soon!


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. 




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 Opportunities


Royal Scottish Country Dance

Wednesday, April 17, 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!


The Year my Parents went on Vacation Screening

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
H.J. Patterson Hall, Global Crossroads Space (Lobby)
Film Screening of The Year my Parents went on Vacation and discussion about dictatorship in Brazil. About the movie: A 12-year-old Brazilian boy who longs to see his team win out over Italy in the 1970 World Cup match finds his entire world turned upside down as his left-wing parents are forced into hiding and he is sent to live with his grandfather in São Paulo's Bom Retiro district. Though his country is being held in the grip of a military dictatorship and the war in Vietnam is raging abroad, young Mauro can't seem to think about anything else but the upcoming World Cup match between Brazil and Italy.

At the Hoff: 

Visual Art
Driskell Center Presents: Posing Beauty in African American Culture

Wednesday, February 27 to April 27
9:00AM - 5:00 PM
The David C. Driskell Center
Posing Beauty in African American Culture 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.

Symposium and Exhibition: Work of Cuban artist Zilia Sanchez
Saturday, April 13, 2019 
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
The Phillips Collection 1600 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20009
In conjunction with the first museum retrospective exhibition of the work of Cuban artist Zilia Sánchez (b. 1926, Havana), the Phillips Collection is holding a symposium to discuss the artist’s prolific yet largely unknown 70-year career, in which she produced more than 60 works including paintings, works on paper, shaped canvases, sculptural pieces and more. The first part of the symposium, In Context, features presentations by prominent art historians that frame Sánchez’s work within the trans-national development of modernism in Cuba, the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean. The second part, Curatorial and Scholarly Perspectives, discusses the positioning of Sánchez’s work in museum collections and scholarly research. The third part, Legacy, introduces Sánchez’s former students (and now accomplished artists), sheds light on the preservation and conservation of the artist's stretched canvases, and touches on current issues in the field of Latin American art.

New exhibitions at UMUC. See:


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.

Clarinet Symposium
Sunday, April 14
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Leah M. Smith Hall
$35, register at
Join the University of Maryland Clarinet Studio for our 2019 Clarinet Symposium on April 14! You can register and pay your registration fee at We have some exciting events planned for you! Every year we bring in distinguished guest artists who are true innovators and ideal examples in the clarinet world. This event is a terrific opportunity to learn from our artists, try out new equipment, and meet fellow clarinetists.

SEE Presents: Terpstock
Sunday, April 14, 2019 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Nyumburu Ampitheater
SEE will kick off festival season in College Park with Terpstock 2019 featuring Felly with Healy! Join us for this annual outdoor musical arts festival Sunday, April 14, at 3 pm at Nyumburu Amphitheatre outside of Stamp!

Thursday, April 18, 2019 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Denton Community Quad
Greenfest is an exciting, educational event focused around wellness and sustainability. At the event, organizations set up interactive booths to inform students about their group, volunteer opportunities, and upcoming events. Greenfest teaches students about living sustainably, healthy living, and environmentally-conscious practices.


FCA's Philippine Culture Night
Saturday, April 13
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM | Grand Ballroom, Stamp Student Union | Sponsored by the Filipino Cultural Association
Fee: $10

The Filipino Cultural Association (FCA) would like to extend an invitation to our University of Maryland community to their annual Philippines Cultural Night (PCN). This year’s PCN will be a romantic-comedy that focuses on toxic masculinity within Filipino culture, and follows a young couple as they transition out of college, and take in all the family dynamics of a relationship while balancing career expectations.

Contact: Aiko Mendoza -

Two Distinguished Caribbean Americans, a Novelist and a Scholar, Talk about Their Lived Experiences
Wednesday, April 17
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Dekelboum Concert Hall
Tickets are free, but must reserved
Award-winning novelist Edwidge Danticat joins Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Merle Collins for an intimate and informative conversation about their lived experiences as Caribbean Americans. The event combines a reading from Danticat, followed by a discussion and audience Q&A; on themes of storytelling, immigration, advocacy and the challenge of finding home away from home. A reception and book signing will follow the lecture.
Other Opportunities
Arts Leadership Minor
The College of Arts and Humanities is pleased to announce the launching of the Arts Leadership Minor. This is a great opportunity for students to gain an introduction to the field of arts management as well as gain key practical and strategic skills needed to be leaders in the arts.  Please share with your students, especially those who have interests in the creative and performing arts. See this PDF for more details.

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 

Nominate your peers for an award!
Due by 11:59 pm on Friday, April 19, 2019.

The University Student Judiciary is excited to announce that our application for the Integrity Award is officially open! The Integrity Award recognizes the UMD student who has best exemplified the ideals of integrity, character, and ethics this academic year. Students, faculty, and staff can submit nominations for any University of Maryland student. Nominations can be submitted here:

Scholarships up to $2,000
Deadline: May 10, 5:00pm

Applications are being accepted for the Maryland Parent & Family Association Student Scholarship Awards. The scholarships provide assistance to current undergraduate students in good standing who may be unable to continue their education at the University due to extenuating personal or family financial circumstances. A minimum of 15 scholarships will be awarded for the 2019-2020 academic year. Award criteria, instructions, and an online application can be found at Questions? Contact the Office of Parent and Family Affairs at 301.314.8429 or
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