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 2014-2015
Rethinking the Parthenon: Color, Materiality and Aesthetics
Faculty sponsor: Mark Abbe (Lamar Dodd School of Art)
Dates: October 17-18
This international symposium will bring eminent scholars to the University of Georgia to present and discuss critical new research on the Parthenon. Built for the goddess Athena on the Acropolis of Athens between 447-432 B.C.E., the Parthenon was the most sumptuously adorned temple in the Greek world. Today its marble shell is the most iconic remnant of classical Greek civilization, a veritable shorthand for classicism and Western civilization itself. This symposium offers a public forum for the exchange and open discussion of current research on the Parthenon. Speakers include: Eleni Aggelakopoulou, Barbara Barletta, Jasper Gaunt, Jenifer Neils, Robin Osborne, Scott Pike, Peter Schultz, Katherine Schwab, Giovanni Verri and Bonna Wescoat. Held in conjunction with the exhibition “An Archaeologist’s Eye: The Parthenon Drawings of Katherine Schwab” at the Georgia Museum of Art, it promises to be an important event not only for specialists in ancient Greek art and culture but for anyone interested in new ways of seeing and rethinking the past. More information available here.
Faculty Sponsor: Peter Smagorinsky (College of Education)
Dates: February 7-8
This year’s theme for the JoLLE@UGA Winter Conference and subsequent spring journal issue will be “Embodied and/or Participatory Literacies: Inspire, Engage, Create, Transform.” This theme welcomes wide-ranging notions of how one’s understandings of language and literacy includes students’ and teachers’ construction and participation in the world through their bodies and technology. The JoLLE@UGA Winter Conference has established itself as an inventive and creative place for students, teachers, and researchers to bridge theory, research, and practice in hands-on and action-oriented ways. More information is available here.
Faculty Sponsor: Eric Marty (Lamar Dodd School of Art)
Dates: March 26-28
The Slingshot festival is an international festival of music, electronic art, and technology. This annual event spreads over 5 city blocks in downtown Athens, Georgia, and spotlights international, national, and local acts on stage, boundary-pushing artworks throughout the urban environment, and tech talks with leading innovators. Slingshot also hosts a dedicated comedy night and film screenings. More information is available here.
Public Impact Grants for 2013-2014:
Classical Color: Ancient Polychromy Research
Faculty sponsor: Mark Abbe (Lamar Dodd School of Art)
Interdisciplinary research on the coloration of Greek and Roman marble sculpture finally has begun to restore color to the domain of Classical art, popularly perceived as perfectly white. The art research program of Mark Abbe, Tina Salguero, and Jeff Speakman promotes awareness of the original aesthetics of Classical art by combining art historical and scientific study of the vestiges of color that survive, often at the brink of invisibility, on the surfaces of ancient marble statuary. This grant supports the public dissemination of their work through the creation of a webpage for local, national, and international audiences.
Pilobolus Dance Theatre
Pilobolus Dance Theatre is an internationally renowned and award-winning company that has continued to extend, expand and further develop its innovative dance/movement concepts into extraordinary performances into the 21st century. The company maintains its founding collaborative philosophy of making art “to build community.” The company “teaches its group-based creative process to performers and non-dancers alike through popular, unique educational projects and programs.”
The Willson Center Public Impagt Grant brought this exceptional dance theatre company to the UGA campus to present public performances and master classes.
Portuguese Linguistics in the United States
The inaugural Portuguese Linguistics in the United States (PLUS) conference takes place at the Georgia Hotel and Conference Center November 14-16, 2013. This three-day international academic conference, hosted by the UGA Department of Romance Languages, is the first of its kind in North America and will feature over 40 presentations by leading researchers of Portuguese and Portuguese-based creoles from across the country and around the world. Invited plenary speakers include Dr. Ana Maria Carvalho (University of Arizona), Dr. João Costa (Universidade Nova de Lisboa), Dr. Charlotte Galves (UNICAMP), Dr. Scott Schwenter (The Ohio State University), and Antônio Carlos de Morães Sartini, curator of the Museum of the Portuguese Language (Museu da Língua Portuguesa) in São Paulo, Brazil. For more information, including registration and presentation scheduling details, please visit our conference website at:http://portugueselinguistics.wordpress.com
Whatever It Takes
Whatever It Takes is an initiative of Family Connection-Communities In Schools of Athens, an education-based nonprofit organization that works directly with children and youth to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. The Willson Center Public Impact Grant will support partnerships between Whatever It Takes and the College of Education, as well as other areas of the university.
EcoFocus Film Festival
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. 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.
Public Impact Grants for 2012-2013:
Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company Performance and Residency
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.
EcoFocus Film Festival
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 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.