Great Artists, Great Speakers

Improving educational opportunities for our students

On the stage, in the gallery, at the concert hall, on television, radio or in the boardrooms of corporate America, great artists, speakers and communicators enrich our lives in countless ways. The UWSP College of Fine Arts and Communication is the leading educational institution in Wisconsin for training in the arts and communication fields. The college is Central Wisconsin’s primary source for cultural entertainment in theatre, music, dance, visual arts, community television and radio. The college is an institution unlike any other in the state of Wisconsin. Expanding the opportunities offered by the College of Fine Arts and Communication is the goal of the Great Artists and Speakers Endowment campaign. The endowment will bring great artists and speakers from around the world to teach students, interact with faculty and share their talent with the Central Wisconsin community. The endowment will provide funds for UWSP students, ensembles and student groups to experience great art, meet media and communication leaders, perform in the best theatres and concert halls, and interact with talented professionals in venues across the United States. The endowment will change lives, on campus and throughout Central Wisconsin.

A Dynamic, Changing College

When the Fine Arts Center and the Communication Arts Center were being built and upgraded in the 1960s and 70s, we could never have imagined the kind of changes that have taken place in education, communication, and the arts. Because of the leadership of dedicated faculty and administrators, the enthusiasm of talented students, and the support of generous alumni and community members the College of Fine Arts and Communication is a dynamic and growing institution of undergraduate teaching and learning.
 
That momentum will continue over the next several years as the physical face of the college changes in dramatic ways. Change is already occurring in the Division of Communication building, where classrooms are being wired for interactive teaching using the latest Internet, sound, and video technology. Over the past year the University has made significant investments to upgrade the student television station and the graphic design laboratory to meet the demand for high paying jobs in those fields. We will see more changes in the fall of 2005, when students begin classes in a newly expanded and remodeled Fine Arts Center.
 
These new facilities will continue to transform the way we teach in the arts and communication fields. For example, all arts programming will be located in the expanded Fine Arts Center, promoting new opportunities for student and faculty collaboration across academic disciplines. The new spaces will change the way students approach their education, and give faculty the room to challenge their students artistically and educationally.

Our Next Challenge

Our next challenge is to provide the kind of educational programming that is appropriate for the changing face of the arts and communication fields.
To meet that challenge, the College of Fine Arts and Communication is launching a $1 million campaign to raise endowment funds for our most crucial educational priorities. The Great Artists, Great Speakers Endowment is needed to take our undergraduate education program to a higher level of excellence.
 
The endowment recognizes that education happens beyond the geographic boundaries of campus. To be a truly great college our students need to be exposed to professional artists and speakers from around the world; faculty need to interact with peers; and student groups and ensembles need to travel beyond Stevens Point to learn from other great artists and communicators.
 
The Great Artists, Great Speakers Endowment will:
  • Attract premier visiting artists and speakers by helping to underwrite the cost of travel, honorarium, and related expenses; and
  • Enable students to explore the world of fine arts and communication by providing support for student travel to experience performances, competitions, symposia and research projects here in the U.S. and abroad.
The Great Artists, Great Speakers Endowment is a crucial part of the future of undergraduate education in the arts and communication at UWSP. We hope you will join us in supporting this endeavor. With your help we will change lives by providing students, faculty and the Central Wisconsin community with the best in performance, creativity and expression.
  
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Perception Project
Directions of Influence
Xu Bing: The Art of Rewriting China
Sunday in the Park
Japan - the Floating World
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Thief of Bagdad
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The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma
An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin
Philip Glass in Residence
Corning Museum of Glass' Main Stage Hot Shop
Jean-Michel Cousteau
With The Grain
Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood
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Performing Arts Series
Great Artists, Great Speakers
Arts Bash
Soiree Musicale