College receives second NEA grant
By Adrienne Whatley
The NEA grant will enable the College to open its Premiere Series performances by Dee Dee Bridgewater (top) and Jennifer Larmore to area high school teachers.
The College of the Arts at Kennesaw State University has been awarded its second grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The $10,000 Challenge America grant will be used for marketing and production purposes in support of the 2006-2007 Premiere Series. Most of the money will be used for community outreach projects and equipment upgrades.
With support from the grant, the College of the Arts will be able to invite all local high school music directors to attend the Premiere Series as well as the associated masterclasses. Discounted tickets will also be available for local music students and educators. Production equipment upgrades needed to present this year’s Premiere artists, as well as future performances by guests, faculty, and students, will also be possible.
The 2006-2007 Premiere Series includes performances by the Miami String Quartet Oct. 7 at 8 p.m. with a master class Oct. 8 at 1 p.m., jazz vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater Jan. 13 at 8 p.m. with a masterclass Jan. 14 and mezzo-soprano Jennifer Larmore Feb. 3 at 8 p.m. with a master class Feb. 4. All performances and masterclasses will be held in the Howard Logan Stillwell Theater. For more information, call the box office at 770-423-6650.
The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education.
The College of the Arts received its first NEA grant last year to support the original theatre production, "Monkey King," which was performed by invitation at the Shanghai Theatre Festival in China in December 2005.