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Sweeney Arts Day Wednesday

High School Students Celebrate the Arts at UC Riverside Wednesday

Creative writing, theatre, art and dance, including a Flamenco demonstration, on tap for about 200 visiting high school students

(November 10, 2003)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -- About 200 Inland area high school students will explore dance, creative writing, film and other performing and fine arts inside UC Riverside’s Arts building during Sweeney Arts Day, Wednesday, Nov. 12. The Passion of Spain, a Flamenco demonstration by Professor Walter Clark, will be one highlight.

Dean Patricia O’Brien of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences will welcome the group at 8:35 a.m., before students split into small groups for hands-on sessions in creative writing, music composition, dance and other offerings.

All the participants will have the chance to see the Flamenco performance in the Arts building beginning at 9:00 a.m. The presentation will combine live performance, recorded music, and video clips to present the audience with an introduction to the world of flamenco.

Among many other pieces, is “Energy in Motion,” an exciting production by Professor Fred Stickler and other members of the dance department that will include various styles of dance offered on campus.

This is the fifth annual Sweeney Arts Day, sponsored by Jack and Marilyn Sweeney, which offers a chance for students who have already excelled in the arts to see opportunities that await in college. The theme for the day is “The Arts and Your Future.”

Participating high schools are:

Elsinore High School
Norco High School
Mountain View High School
Rancho Verde High School
Los Osos
Sherman Indian High School
Riverside Christian High School
California School for the Deaf
Palm Desert High School

Below is a copy of the schedule:

8:00 am: Registration and Continental Breakfast
Arts Building Courtyard
8:35 am: Welcome
Arts Building Courtyard
9:00 - 9:50 am: Breakout Session A
Theatre Design, Arts Studio Theatre 113
Sweeney Art Gallery, current exhibit
Life as an art major, video and tour, Arts 150
Creative Writing, readings, Humanities 1500
Improvisation Today, Arts 157
Flamenco, Arts 157
Dance, various kinds demonstrated, Arts 166

10:00 — 10:50 am: Breakout Session B
same sessions again, except
Improvisation Today, will be in Arts 157
11:00 — 11:30 am: Lunch
Arts Building Courtyard
11:30 — 12:15 am: Entertainment
Arts Building Courtyard
12:15- 1:00 pm: Optional Campus Tour

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