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Four Inland Schools to Attend Gluck Day

Four Inland Schools to Attend Gluck Day of the Arts at UC Riverside April 4

Workshops will focus on art history, acting techniques, dance moves and orchestral conducting.

(March 17, 2008)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Elementary school students from four campuses in Riverside and Moreno Valley will be introduced to contemporary dance, history of art, orchestral music and acting techniques at the semiannual Gluck Day of the Arts at the University of California, Riverside on Friday, April 4.

Approximately 240 third-, fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders from Camino Real, Emerson and Jackson elementary schools in Riverside and TownGate elementary school in Moreno Valley will spend the day attending workshops led by UCR faculty and students. The event is hosted by the Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts.

Workshops are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. They include:

Art history: Gluck graduate fellows Rose Gomez-Adams and Lauren Popp will discuss the importance of art in Native American culture. The presentation will include visual images of art and artifacts such as totem poles, their history and explanations of their significance. Art has been an important form of self-expression among Native Americans and represents themes of everyday life, death, family and the spiritual world.

Dance: The Gluck Contemporary Dance Ensemble will introduce students to modern dance and demonstrate the different skills, personalities and backgrounds of the performers. Movement choices in the interactive performance/workshop 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.

Music: Gluck Orchestral Expedition fellows who play violin, cello, flute and trombone will demonstrate their instruments, showing how they sound, how they work and what they can express. The fellows will demonstrate their instruments separately and together, discuss different musical elements heard in an orchestra, and show how they play together in an ensemble with and without a conductor. Students also will learn how to lead a group as a conductor.

Theatre: Students will learn how stage plays can bring favorite stories to life and how actors, writers and directors create theatre that makes people understand, cry and laugh. This interactive workshop will teach students the basics of theatre performance, including the use of sound and movement in ways that create dynamic stage situations. Gluck fellows Brenda Varda and Katie Hotchkiss will conduct this workshop.

Gluck Day of the Arts provides elementary school students with new ways to express their creativity in stimulating arts workshops, Varda said. “I love being able to contribute to their arts education,” she said.

Gomez-Adams said the event offers new insights into art and its various disciplines.

“By observing and participating in presentations and activities, the students will have the opportunity to become actively engaged in the areas of dance, history of art, theater and music,” she said. “Gluck Day is an experience that will open a world of possibilities.”

Since 1996 the Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts has provided fellowships to exceptional UC Riverside students and faculty to bring the arts to Inland area schools, nursing homes and community centers. Participating departments include Art, Art History, Creative Writing, Dance, Music and Theatre, as well as the Sweeney Art Gallery and the UCR/California Museum of Photography. The program is funded by the Maxwell H. Gluck Foundation.

For more information contact Amanda Fiddyment, Gluck Program assistant, at 951-827-5739 or

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