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Sweeney Arts Day at UC Riverside Teaches About the Future of Art

Area high school students learn with hands-on lessons in tap, flamenco, theater and the spoken word

(November 6, 2006)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -- UC Riverside will host 173 high school students and teachers from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8 at Sweeney Arts Day, an annual event designed to introduce high school students to careers available in the creative arts.

The students come from West Valley High School in Hemet, Rancho Verde High School in Moreno Valley, and Riverside’s Norte Vista High School.

Sessions scheduled include experimental music videos, the upcoming theatre production of the play “Nickel and Dimed,” Day of the Dead sweets, demonstrations of tap-dancing and flamenco guitar and a spoken word session, among other subjects.


Art - Defining the Undefinable
Presenters: Mauricio Espinosa
and Cheryl Gilge

Students will be introduced to a concise survey of visual art with an emphasis on the diverse practices that make up contemporary art today. By looking at experimental music videos, slides of contemporary working artists, and a short artist's documentary, students will be exposed to the various ways in which visual art is capable of permeating all aspects of our culture. The session will conclude with an opportunity for students to ask questions about the art program at UCR and about a career in art in general.
Art History — Day of the Dead
Presenter: Diana Rose
ARTS 213

The Day of the Dead is a very important celebration in Mexico. The festivities consist of activities such as the elaboration of altars, visits to the cemetery, and the exchange of sweets. Calaveras form part of the traditional imagery used during the Day of the Dead, in a style and humor unique to Mexico. This presentation will provide an overview of the festivities of the Day of the Dead as they are performed today, the origins of this celebration, the special calaveras illustrations, and Chicano/a celebrations. Following the lecture, the participants will interact by doing an activity related to the Day of the Dead celebrations.
Creative Writing - The VerbaColiseum/MultimediaWord
ARTS 159
Presenter: Professor Juan Felipe Herrera and lecturer Dwight Yates

UCR's Department of Creative Writing welcomes you to presentations that showcase the creative work of several of our faculty and students. Our faculty is comprised of nationally acclaimed writers and poets, and our campus is the only University of California campus to offer an undergraduate degree in creative writing. Our major offers a variety of genres, including poetry, fiction, playwriting and screenwriting, as well as creative nonfiction. Our newly inaugurated Masters of Fine Arts degree program promises to be one of the finest programs in the country. Students are encouraged to bring their own creative work to be submitted at this breakout session. Several writings will be selected to be read at the end of the session.
On the Move: Dance at UCR
PE 102
Presenter: Professor Fred Strickler

Join faculty and student artsists/scholars for an informative and entertaining set of dance performances and brief talks about the range of artistic work being studied and created at UCR.
Careers in Music: A Variety of Options
ARTS Performance Lab
Presenter: Professor Byron Adams

This talk is to introduce young people into the world of the music professions: teaching, performing and composing.
Theatre - Staging the play Nickel and Dimed
Studio Theatre
Presenter: Professor Eric Barr
A discussion with the director and designers of UCR’s production of Nickel and Dimed, based on the book Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenriech. The show, with its many locations, costumes, and props, poses numerous challenges for the production team and the actors. This session will meet in the Studio Theatre, on the set of the production, and the participants will discuss the choices and solutions made to produce this complex and fascinating show.
Flamenco - Passion of Spain
ARTS Performance Lab
Presenter: Professor Walter Clark
This lecture-demonstration will combine live performance, recorded music, and video clips to provide the audience with a brief but illuminating introduction to the world of flamenco. The presentation will cover the history, styles, and influences in flamenco dance, singing, and guitar playing. Some audience participation will also be required!


Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Arts courtyard

9:20 a.m. Welcome — Associate Dean Georgia Warnke (5 minutes)

9:25 a.m. Keynote Address — Rickerby Hinds (20 minutes)

Breakout Sessions
10:00 a.m. Breakout Session I

11:00 a.m. Breakout Session II

11:50 a.m. Students arrive back at Arts Courtyard and begin lunch

12:05 p.m. Outreach Presentation (15 minutes)

12:20 p.m. Lunchtime Performance/Presentation (20 minutes)

12:40 p.m. Closing Remarks and Dismissal

12:45 p.m. Guided Campus Tours

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