The Willson Center Public Impact Grant supports faculty in the organization on campus of conferences, exhibitions, and performances that showcase humanities and arts research in a broad context. The Public Impact Grant is designed to offer interaction between national and international scholars and UGA faculty, students and the community.
Public Impact Grants for 2012-2013:
Host: Bala Sarasvati (Department of Dance)
Dates of Residency: October 15 – 17, 2012, UGA Department of Dance
The Ririe Woodbury Dance Company, led by founders Shirley Ririe and Joan Woodbury, will provide a three-day residence in the UGA Department of Dance October 15 – 17, 2012. The RWDC, one of the leading companies in dance education, was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and this funding also will apply to the residency at UGA.
The company has performed throughout the U.S., British Isles, Canada, China, Europe, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Singapore, South Africa and the Virgin Islands. RWDC will teach master classes in the Department of Dance, provide a lecture demonstration/performance and stage a work for UGA dance students. The performance, open to the UGA population and the general public, will include choreography selected from 2012-13 RWDC dance repertory including original choreography by Charlotte Boye-Christensen (Artistic Director), along with a showcase of new and recreated works choreographed by other distinguished contemporary choreographers.
Host: Sara Beresford (Odum School of Ecology)
Dates: March 22 – 30, 2013
EcoFocus Film Festival was initiated in 2007 by UGA’s Odum School of Ecology. The mission of the festival is to present high-quality films on environmental subjects to inform and inspire audience members. The 2012-2013 EcoFocus activities include two screening events on the UGA campus in Fall 2012 (dates TBA) and the main film festival, which is slated for March 21 – 24, 2013. EcoFocus will bring the best environmental films of the year to Athens along with filmmakers, speakers and special events. More information about EcoFocus Film Festival can be found at www.ecofocusfilmfest.org.
The Aspen String Trio Residency
Hosts: Maggie Snyder and Michael Heald (Hugh Hodgson School of Music)
Dates of Residency: March 24 – 28, 2013
On March 24-26 this internationally acclaimed chamber ensemble will be in residence at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music, and on March 27 will perform their own recital in Ramsey Hall at the Performing Arts Center. The next evening they will be joined by members of the UGA string faculty for a further concert of chamber music. Their visit is supported by a grant from the Willson Center, as well as by the Performing Arts Center.