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Gluck Summer Camp for the Arts

Gluck Summer Camp for the Arts Taking Applications

The third annual series of free workshops will include hip-hop, Renaissance art and Brazilian music.

(June 4, 2008)

Prof. Wendy Rogers and Gluck fellows show dance steps to younger students. Photo by Kris LovekinEnlarge

Prof. Wendy Rogers and Gluck fellows show dance steps to younger students. Photo by Kris Lovekin

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Hip-hop poetry, Renaissance art and Afro-Brazilian music are among the workshops UC Riverside’s annual Gluck Summer Camp for the Arts will offer high school students in a free, four-week program that begins July 1.

Applications will be accepted through June 9 online at

Any high school student is eligible to apply, although preference is given to students from the Inland Empire. “We had a student from Hawaii one year,” said Amanda Fiddyment, Gluck program coordinator who has been instrumental in organizing and running the camp for the past three years.

This year’s program will feature eight workshops on the UCR campus offered through the departments of Art, Creative Writing, Dance, History of Art, Music and Theatre, the Sweeney Art Gallery and the UCR/California Museum of Photography. Each workshop will be taught by a graduate fellow in the Gluck Program of the Arts, a program funded by the Maxwell H. Gluck Foundation.

Workshops will be offered in one session — July 7 through Aug. 1 — from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Fridays. Students provide their own lunches.

Scheduled workshops and instructors include:

Art: “Experience Experiment,” Kate McPeak. Students will challenge typical notions of creating art.

Creative writing: “The Evolution of Hip-Hop from a Poetic Perspective,” Cupid Flowers. Students will learn literary techniques used by poets and rappers and create original poems.

Dance: “Introduction to Modern Dance,” Melissa Hudson. Dancers will learn the history and principles of modern dance, and will choreograph short dance pieces.

History of art: “Art of the High Renaissance and Early Baroque Periods in Italy and Spain,” Julianne Johnson. The workshop will examine the work of artists from these periods.

Music: “Culture and Performance of Afro-Brazilian Music,” Ron Conner. Students will learn about the rich history and culture of Brazil and play in a percussion ensemble led by Los Angeles-based drumming master Kirk Brundage.

Sweeney Art Gallery: “Interdisciplinary Art Workshop — Art Is Everywhere,” Alison Walker. The workshop will investigate three different forms of art: sculpture, painting and photography.

Theater: “Producing a Play,” Paul Jacques. Two 10-minute plays will be produced, with students learning skills from casting, directing and acting to stage management, scenic and costume design, and technical theater.

UCR/California Museum of Photography: “Introduction to Digital Imaging,” Evans Wittenberg. Students will learn digital imaging techniques, Photoshop, digital camera capture, scanning and advanced inkjet printing.

The Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts is the premier arts outreach program at UC Riverside. Each year the program provides fellowships to exceptional UCR undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and visiting guest artists to conduct arts-related presentations, performances and workshops in Riverside County schools, residential facilities for elderly care and community centers.

Since its inception in 1996, the UCR Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts has reached some 30,000 students in the Inland Empire and continues to follow its mission and goals of integrating the arts within the broader community. This summer camp is the third offered by the Gluck program.

For more information, contact Karen Wilson at (951) 827-3518 or, or Amanda Fiddyment at (951) 827-5739 or
Gluck fellows perform at a Gluck arts event. Photo by Kris LovekinEnlarge

Gluck fellows perform at a Gluck arts event. Photo by Kris Lovekin

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