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Children are Artists for the Day

Elementary Students Practiced Their Art May 17 at Gluck Day of the Arts

Music, dance, theatre and photography activities kept children busy inside and outside the ARTS building

(May 17, 2005)

Gluck Day of the Arts, taken during 2004 eventEnlarge

Gluck Day of the Arts, taken during 2004 event

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -- About 200 students from four local elementary schools turned into performing artists for a day during the second annual Gluck Day of the Arts at UC Riverside today (Tuesday, May 17.)

At the event, students from Emerson, Edgemont, Longfellow and Town Gate elementary schools took their cues from UCR visual and performing arts faculty and students in a variety of arts-related workshops, including art, contemporary dance, theatre, and musical improvisation.

Established in 1996, the Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts is the premier arts outreach program at UC Riverside. Each year, the Gluck Program provides fellowships to exceptional UCR graduate and undergraduate students and faculty to conduct arts-related presentations, performances, and workshops in Art, Art History, Creative Writing, Dance, Music, and Theatre in Riverside County schools, nursing homes and community centers.

The Gluck Program is made possible through the generosity of the Maxwell H. Gluck Foundation.

Students took turns through four workshops, where they made photographs, learned new dance moves, improvised tunes and took on new characters, said Steven Lopez, program assistant. “Everyone had such a great time,” he said.


Musical Free Improvisation Workshop
Improvisation, literally making music up on the spot, is an important part of many kinds of music: from Indian ragas to jazz to classical music. In this interactive workshop, the Gluck Free Improvisation Ensemble, which includes four musicians and a visual artist, will introduce students to the art of musical improvisation and demonstrate the ways that music can be made outside of the traditional canons. Students will be invited to participate play along and create their own musical improvisations.
Workshop Leaders
Members of the Gluck Free Improvisation Ensemble
ARTS Out Door Stage

Dance Performance & Workshop
The Gluck Modern Dance Ensemble will introduce students to modern dance and inspire them to get up and get dancing in this interactive performance/workshop.
The Ensemble's choreography demonstrates the different skills, personalities, and backgrounds of the performers. While much of the dancing is set, some sections are improvised. Movement choices include action from everyday life, contemporary dance vocabulary, and athletic partnering. Music accompanies many, but not all sections of the dance suggesting the independence of the two forms.
Workshop Leaders
Members of the Gluck Modern Dance Ensemble
Performance Lab, ARTS 166

Theatre Workshop
Discover the exciting and hilarious world of Commedia Dell'Arte in this lively theatre workshop presented by Gluck Undergraduate Theatre Fellows
Workshop Leaders
Gluck Undergraduate Theatre Fellows Jason Hoover, Katie Harroff, and Alison Plott
Studio Theatre, ARTS 113

Art Workshop
Students will experiment with composition on light sensitive paper by placing items, such as leaves, twigs, string, etc. in various positions and proceed to let the sun expose the paper. After a few minutes, the light-sensitive paper is washed and the image develops. Prints are then air-dried and ready to be taken home.
Workshop Leaders
Gluck Graduate Theatre Fellows Matt Bryant and Cherly Gilge



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