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$1 Million Awarded to Arts Outreach Program


Maxwell H. Gluck Foundation Awards $1 Million to UCR

Grant will fund UC Riverside’s premier arts outreach program for two years.

(August 6, 2008)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - The Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts at the University of California, Riverside has received a $1 million grant from the Maxwell H. Gluck Foundation to continue funding the arts outreach program through June 30, 2010.

That brings to nearly $6 million the total amount of funding provided by the Gluck Foundation for the UCR program.

During the 2007-08 academic year, 116 Gluck graduate, undergraduate and faculty fellows from eight departments brought the arts to thousands of students, teachers, elders and other community members through performances and presentations. The UCR program is one of only three similar arts programs in the nation funded by the Gluck Foundation. The others are at The Juilliard School and at the University of California, Los Angeles.

The Gluck Fellows Program reflects the foundation’s belief that students should have the opportunity to practice their art in front of audiences and at the same time bring live performances to people who might not otherwise experience the arts, said Dr. Jon Kaswick, president of the Maxwell H. Gluck Foundation board of directors.

As California’s budget woes prompt continuing cuts in arts education in public schools, the Gluck Foundation’s support of arts outreach programs will have even greater impact, Kaswick said. “We certainly have enjoyed our cooperative efforts with the University of California, Riverside and hope to continue that for the future,” he said.

The late Muriel Gluck, who co-founded the Maxwell H. Gluck Foundation with her husband, was an art collector who loved music, particularly opera, said Kaswick, her great-nephew. Mrs. Gluck died in June.

“Her love for music and the arts was very genuine,” he said. “She really promulgated that and provided exposure to what she loved doing in her life.”

Stephen Cullenberg, dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, said he is grateful to the Gluck Foundation for continuing its support of the UCR arts outreach program.

“For the last 12 years, support from the Gluck Foundation has had a major impact on our students and community,” he said. “Through her foundation, Mrs. Gluck’s inspired dedication to bring the arts to everyone has had a profound effect on the Riverside community. The Gluck program has enabled live performances to brighten many people’s lives.”

The UCR program will grow in the next two years by developing stronger connections between college and community in ways that do not require additional funding, said Karen Wilson, assistant director of the program.

For example, exploring best practices in arts education will provide fellows with information on child development, curriculum development and classroom management, and will allow teachers to share ways in which they have integrated the arts into their curricula, maximizing the presence of the arts in their classrooms and schools.

“In addition to the ongoing arts outreach activities that have been the hallmark of our program, we will create opportunities that will bring teachers to the campus to meet with the fellows and with each other,” Wilson said. “This new endeavor will also provide opportunities for the fellows to learn more about child development, classroom management and curriculum development. In this way a community of arts educators will be created that can be sustained beyond the parameters of the grant itself. It is our firm belief that if we don’t continue to create artists and enjoyers of art with our children, there will be a dearth of artists in the future.”

The mission of the Gluck program remains to create the opportunity for faculty and students in the departments of art, creative writing, dance, history of art, music and theatre, along with the UCR Sweeney Art Gallery, the UCR/California Museum of Photography, and the overarching ARTSblock, to extend their creative, performing and expository talents to the broader community.

The program offers the Gluck Summer Camp for the Arts, Gluck Days of the Arts, and other arts outreach projects.
Gluck Fellows Ron Connor and MaryLouise Beck rehearse drumming techniques with Christina McCarty and Gary Price during a workshop at the Gluck Summer Camp for the Arts.Enlarge

Gluck Fellows Ron Connor and MaryLouise Beck rehearse drumming techniques with Christina McCarty and Gary Price during a workshop at the Gluck Summer Camp for the Arts.

Gluck Fellow Alison Walker (center) and campers Julia Cummings and Anahi Contreras paint pedestals to be used in the Gluck Gallery during the final showing of the Summer Camp.Enlarge

Gluck Fellow Alison Walker (center) and campers Julia Cummings and Anahi Contreras paint pedestals to be used in the Gluck Gallery during the final showing of the Summer Camp.

Under the direction of Gluck Fellow Melissa Hudson, campers choreograph Enlarge

Under the direction of Gluck Fellow Melissa Hudson, campers choreograph "Elemental Movement," the 20-minute dance they created.

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