Campus: CSU Fresno -- April 10, 2002
CSU Summer Arts Contract Extended to 2005
The CSU Summer Arts Program has extended its contract with Fresno State
through the 2005 season - the second extension since the program came
to Fresno in 1999 - announced John D. Welty, president of California
State University, Fresno this week.
"We are pleased to continue hosting this world-renowned program
that offers outstanding instruction by highly qualified faculty and
artists to promising arts and arts education students, especially to
those who plan to make their careers in arts or arts education,"
Welty said of the CSU program that is now in now in its 17th year.
In addition to the specialized instruction, the $1.2 million CSU Summer
Arts Program is also a festival in which visiting guest artists perform
for the public almost every evening throughout July.
Fresno State's College of Arts and Humanities successfully competed
for the opportunity to host CSU Summer Arts beginning in 1999. Last
summer, the original three-year contract was extended through 2003.
Now it has been extended through 2005.
"CSU Summer Arts has been a great success in Fresno, and the support
of the campus and the community has been outstanding," said CSU
Summer Arts director Jim Spalding in Long Beach. "The entire Summer
Arts staff is happy to think of Fresno as our second home."
Prior to Fresno State, the program had been held at CSU campuses in
San Luis Obispo, Humboldt and Long Beach.
This summer, the program will be bigger and better than ever before,
Spalding said, with 19 course offerings - including a class in Florence,
Italy - and 55 public performances from June 30-July 27 (except June
4 and 19).
Most will be at Fresno State, but some will be held at the Tower Theater,
Arte Americas, the Fresno African American Museum and the Fresno Art
Highlights will include the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra; Jimmy Heath
and the Shelly Berg Trio; the Alexander String Quartet; and the Steppenwolf
Theatre Company of Chicago's performance of William Saroyan's works.
Also planned are a mini-festival of films from India; dance performances
by Risa Steinberg and Colin Conor and by San Diego's Lower Left; musical
theater; and lecture/demonstrations by animators, photographers, children's
authors and glass sculptors.
The program attracts nearly 500 students and 120 guest artists in residence
to Fresno State and provides an economic boost for the community.
To register for a course or to find out more about the public performances,
call (559) 241-6090 or visit the Web site: www.calstate.edu/summerarts.