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Gluck Foundation Awards UCR $600,000


Gluck Foundation Awards UC Riverside $600,000

The grant will fund UCR’s popular arts outreach program through June 30, 2011.

(August 25, 2010)

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The Maxwell H. Gluck Foundation has awarded the University of California, Riverside a $600,000 grant to continue the Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts, the university’s arts outreach program, through June 30, 2011. The Gluck Fellows program is beginning its 15th year at UCR.

“We are delighted that the Gluck Foundation reapproved our ongoing program,” said Susan Rose, professor of dance and director of the Gluck program.

During the 2009-2010 academic year, 127 Gluck graduate, undergraduate and faculty fellows from six academic and two off-campus departments brought the arts to more than 37,000 students, teachers, seniors and other community members through more than 450 performances and presentations.

“We anticipate an accelerated level of activity next year that will reach even more people through increased participation at community-centered events,” said Stephen Cullenberg, dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. Those activities will include “The Gluck Hour” at schools and other community sites, which will involve free one-hour programs presented by Gluck fellows, with a particular focus on the families of the Inland area.

The theme for 2010-2011 is “Bridging Boundaries: Accelerating Outreach to Communities,” which denotes UCR’s intention to use the arts to bridge the increasingly narrow boundaries between university and community, said Karen Wilson, assistant director.

“For the coming year, we intend to continue and accelerate our arts outreach with local schools, retirement communities, rehabilitation centers and other community organizations,” she said. “We will continue to share best practices with fellows and local teachers to ensure that we deliver an exemplary program to the community while encouraging the incorporation of the arts into the classroom both as cultural enrichment and curricular support.”

The mission of the program remains to create opportunities for faculty and students at UCR to use the university’s resources and expertise to provide art outreach to communities that would not otherwise have access to such experiences, Wilson said.

Undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty in the departments of Art, Creative Writing, Dance, History of Art, Music, and Theatre, along with UCR Sweeney Art Gallery, UCR/California Museum of Photography, and the new Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts will share their creative, performative, and expository talents with the broader community, she said.


The UCR program is one of only three similar arts outreach programs in the nation funded by the Gluck Foundation. The other two are at The Juilliard School and at the University of California, Los Angeles.

The University of California, Riverside (www.ucr.edu) is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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