Monthly Archives: February 2017

CAM students attend a2ru conference in Gainesville, FL

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The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) Emerging Creatives Student Summitt brought together students who have an interest in the arts, crossing disciplinary boundaries, and developing collaborative projects. Each year, 100 undergraduate and graduate students attended the summit from a2ru partner universities across the country, along with 20 administrators, faculty, and staff. These summits have a strong project-based component with activities such as panel discussions with special guests, keynote speakers, site visits or field trips, performances and exhibitions, networking opportunities, and “bootcamp” or skill-building experiences built in throughout.

The 2017 a2ru Student Summit was hosted by the University of Florida, February 8-11, 2017, in Gainesville, FL. This year’s theme was WATER: New Directions Through Arts and Science. No community on this planet is without it’s water-based challenges. Water-centric grand challenges are many, ranging from access and social justice issues in local and global contexts, to environmental degradation, to toxicological challenges, to saltwater incursion into freshwater, to sea level rise. Uniquely situated less than two hours from the Gulf Coast and from the Atlantic Ocean in an area known for its numerous freshwater springs, the University of Florida has great strength in local, regional, national, and international research and creative activity when it comes to these and other water-centric grand challenges. This summit will feature panels and working group leadership from distinguished professor in the life sciences and the arts at the University of Florida, as well as leading artists and water scholars from around the country.

Dean Lucinda Lavelli (of the University of Florida College of the Arts) and CU Denver Prof. Storm Gloor
CAM students Olivia Shaw, Nikolai Sumcad, Anna Lawrence, Jordan Leone,

Next Stage Collaborative will be featured tonight (Friday, Feb. 17th) on Rocky Mountain PBS

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Link to Next Stage Collaborative Feature

Exciting news–the Next Stage Collaborative will be featured tonight (Friday, Feb. 17th) on Rocky Mountain PBS at 8:30 pm Mountain Time. Comcast Channel 658 (HD) or online at‎
The program is called Arts District and they interviewed CAM student Brandon Vargas, Arts & Venues Deputy Director Ginger White Brunetti and others. Part of its uniqueness is the opportunity for people to stop by and interact with Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and other forms of digital media.
Chancellor Horrell’s connections with Denver Arts & Venues made this space and initiative possible, and it is jointly sponsored/supported by CU Denver and the Denver Performing Arts Complex.

New CBCA Executive Director Named

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The Colorado Business Committee for the Arts (CBCA) Board of Directors has appointed Christin Crampton Day as its new Executive Director.

The CBCA Board of Directors has appointed Christin Crampton Day as its new Executive Director. With 30 years of professional experience in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, Crampton Day understands the important connection between arts and business.

“On behalf of the CBCA Board of Directors, we are thrilled to have Christin join the CBCA management team,” said Mark Davidson, CBCA Board Chairman and Partner at Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie. “We had many qualified applicants for the position. Christin’s marketing and development background, her experience with nonprofits, including being a CBCA Leadership Arts graduate, and the enthusiasm she exhibited during the selection process quickly elevated her to the top of the list of candidates.”

Crampton Day brings a strong background in communications, fundraising, management, and strategic planning having been co-owner at Schenkein and, most recently, Senior Director of Public Relations at Barnhart. She was also Executive Director of Ballet Nouveau Colorado. Crampton Day is a life-long advocate for the arts, serving on the Colorado Ballet Board of Trustees for 13 years, among numerous other volunteer leadership roles. A graduate of CBCA’s inaugural Leadership Arts class, Crampton Day was honored with CBCA’s Cultural Leadership Award in May, 2016.

“I am delighted to join CBCA, an organization I have admired for many years,” said Crampton Day. “Perhaps more than ever this is a pivotal time for the arts in Colorado; the importance it has on our lives and livelihood, enriching our community, and providing people with passion and purpose, heart and soul, as well as diversity, acceptance and healing. Colorado’s creative industries drive our economy and CBCA is a critical leader, connector, facilitator and community partner for arts advocacy and engagement; and I am inspired to champion CBCA’s mission at the intersection of arts and business,” she added.

Crampton Day’s first day at CBCA will be February 23, 2017.

New CBCA Executive Director is appointed

College of Arts & Media Advisory Council member Patrick Jager, quoted in Washington Post

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From left, ITV Entertainment president and moderator David Eilenberg joins panelists Chris Dorsey, Jane Durkee, John Feld, Patrick Jager and Jeff Keane for a discussion titled “America: Getting the Whole Picture” at the RealScreen Summit in January. (Rahoul Ghose)

“I think one of the problems with our industry is that once there’s one, it’s ‘We need 17 of that exact same thing,’ ” said Patrick Jager, who helped develop HGTV juggernaut “Fixer Upper,” starring a husband-wife contractor-designer team from Waco, Tex. “Four years ago it was ‘What’s our “Duck Dynasty?” ’ Now it’s ‘What’s our “Fixer Upper?” ’ Everyone chases the same thing because they say that’s what everybody wants to see. That’s a problem, because then we’re all trying to depict the same type of person.”

So how do you solve the issue? One key is to erase the idea that producers who don’t live in New York or Los Angeles are “outsiders.” Members of a panel that featured producers and executives from Knoxville, Tenn.; Denver; St. Louis and Minneapolis said although plenty of networks are interested in shows from the flyover states, there’s definitely still a “cool kid” mentality of certain coastal brands. Some people still ask, “Why is your company there?”

“If we’re trying to bridge this divide between the urban and the rural and try to tell stories, post-November, about our world, that mind-set within our group has to change,” said Jager, who runs the Denver-based CORE Innovation Group.

Trump is our first reality TV president. So how could his victory change reality TV? By Emily Yahr February 9

Nimble arts organizations respond to travel bans

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Just two examples of responses to the executive orders that limited travel.


MoMA is displaying art from the seven countries affected by Trump’s travel ban

Charles Hossein Zenderoudi, Charles Hossein Zenderoudi (Iranian, born 1937) K+L+32+H+4. Mon père et moi (My Father and I), 1962
The Museum of Modern Art, NY

Fighting Racial Bias on Campus – The New York Times

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Prof. Shaun R. Harper will be starting a new center on racial equity at the University of Southern California. Credit Mark Makela for The New York Times
Shaun R. Harper has been at the center of the racial debate of the past year — first, as protests illuminated the concerns of students of color, then as the Trump triumph emboldened some to commit overt acts of bias, particularly against Latino and Muslim students. In his new book, “Race Matters in College,” due out in June from Johns Hopkins University Press, he provides a pathway for campuses struggling with these very issues. A leading scholar on racial equity in higher education, Dr. Harper will in July be leaving the University of Pennsylvania, where he founded and directed the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education, and joining the University of Southern California, where he will teach and start up a similar center with big ambitions. One priority is a survey to assess the racial climate on the nation’s campuses.

Fighting Racial Bias on Campus – The New York Times