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This week at Arts Scholars...

Field trip this Sunday: DC Photo Safari 

If you signed up for the Dusk to Night DC Photo Safari field trip, meet Harold in the Bel Air Study Lounge for a 5pm departure. 

Wanted: Student representatives at Open House 

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

Scholars in Action Events

Greenbelt Invasive Removal
When: Saturday April 6th 10 a.m. - around 1 p.m. 
Where: Meet at Cambridge Community Center
What: Removing invasive plants and cleaning up the Greenbelt Park
Transportation is provided! Sign up at:

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:

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!

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 10, 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!


River of Gold Screening

Monday, April 8, 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
South Campus Commons, 1102 Building 1
River of Gold is the disturbing account of a clandestine journey into Peru's Amazon rainforest to uncover the savage unraveling of pristine jungle. Ron Haviv and Donovan Webster, two war journalists, led by Peruvian Enrique Ortiz, bear witness to the apocalyptic destruction in the pursuit of illegally mined gold with consequences on a global scale. Flash forward four years to a massive intervention by the Peruvian government. What will be the fate of this critical region of priceless biodiversity as these extraordinarily beautiful forests are turned into a hellish wasteland?

At the Hoff: 

  • Boy Erased - 4/9 and 4/10 at 8pm

Deep South Dispatch: Memoir of a Civil Rights Journalist
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
McKeldin Library, Room 6137
 Speaking of Books: Anne Farris Rosen, adjunct professor at Philip Merrill College of Journalism, has been a journalist since 1980, specializing in coverage of politics, government, legal affairs and social issues at the international, national and local levels. Based in Washington, D.C., she worked for The New York Times, The Washington Post and Pew Research Center, and is co-author of Deep South Dispatch: Memoir of a Civil Rights Journalist. In collaboration with her father, John N. Herbers, a former New York Times reporter, who covered the civil rights movement for more than a decade, Deep South Dispatch: Memoir of a Civil Rights Journalist is an historic retrospective that resonates with relevance and immediacy as America struggles with racial issues today.

Immigrant Stories
Thursday, April 11
The David C. Driskell Center

Hear the results of the UMD poll on immigration and four unique stories of UMD staff and faculty. 

Visual Art

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.

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.

Kreativity Diversity Troupe: Puzzles and Paradoxes
Friday, April 5, 2019 7:00 PM - Sat , April 6, 2019 2:00 PM
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Dance Theatre
Cost: Free
Join the Kreators of the Kreativity Diversity Troupe for their end-of-semester performance.

Kurt Weill Festival: Zaubernacht & Mahagonny Songspiel
Friday, April 5, 2019 7:30 PM - Thu , April 11, 2019 7:30 PM
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Kogod Theatre
Cost: Student/Youth: $10 or free
The Maryland Opera Studio juxtaposes two of Weill's earliest works for the stage - Zaubernacht (1922) and Mahagonny Songspiel (1927). An enchanting work about two small children whose toys come to life, Zaubernacht (1922) also features a dance portion that will be performed by TDPS students. Mahagonny Songspiel (1927) is a scenic cantata set in a fictitious American town and marks the beginning of Weill's collaboration with Bertolt Brecht.

University & Community Band Concert
Sunday, April 7, 2019 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Dekelboum Concert Hall
A combined concert from two of the School of Music's most community-minded ensembles. This shared evening of traditional and contemporary wind band music is a perfect concert for the whole family to attend. It's sure to inspire new and lapsed musicians into incorporating more music-making into their lives.

Franz Liszt, Rock Star and Cleric: Lecture-Recital
Sunday, April 7, 2019 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Gildenhorn Recital Hall
Free, no tickets required.
Franz Liszt, a pivotal figure of 19th-century Romanticism, often took inspiration for his piano works from events in his own life. Many of these compositions are program music- pieces with extra-musical associations. In this lecture-recital, Dr. James Litzelman will give background and historical context for the pieces, as well as show images and videos that correspond to the music.

UMD School of Music & St. Omer Wind Orchestra Concert
Monday, April 8, 2019 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Dekelboum Concert Hall
Free, no tickets required.
In this collaborative concert, School of Music students will play alongside the St. Omer Wind Orchestra from Northern France. This performance is part of an exchange program between St. Omer and the State of Maryland to celebrate 300 years of French-American history and culture.

TEMPO Concert
Monday, April 8, 2019 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Gildenhorn Recital Hall
Free, no tickets required.
A graduate student-led contemporary music ensemble focused on cultivating new music experiences in the community. Presenting music so fresh that the ink is often literally wet on the pages, TEMPO often collaborates with composers to present the music of now. The group has a special emphasis on experiences outside the standard concert hall.

Whistling Hens | music by women (soprano, clarinet, piano)
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
MilkBoy ArtHouse 7416 Baltimore Ave, College Park, Maryland 20740
Cost: Free
Whistling Hens (soprano, clarinet, piano) celebrates and advances the artistic accomplishments of women by performing all female-composed music.

New Music at Maryland Concert
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Gildenhorn Recital Hall
Cost: Free, no tickets required.
Cultivating the talent of modern classical composers and bringing new music to the stage inspires musicians and audience members alike. This evening of original compositions by UMD student composers features solo, chamber and electroacoustic performances.

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

Stay for the Inaugural After-Party following Innovate Maryland 2019
April 11
After-Party festivities begin at 7:30pm on the east side of The Hotel at UMD including within the StartupUMD Suite, the WeWork, and throughout the adjacent surface lot. Engage with local artists, creatives, gamers, musicians and performers in a variety of entertaining and interactive sessions ranging from virtual reality and gaming demos to digital art installations and dance workshops. Throughout the night, grab a bite to eat from one of the local vendors and food trucks stationed near the WeWork.

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 

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.

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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