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2016

April

Second annual "Feet to the Fire: Riverfront Encounter" festival to be held on Saturday, May 7, 2016
Second annual "Feet to the Fire: Riverfront Encounter" festival to be held on Saturday, May 7, 2016
Friday, April 22, 2016 - Saturday, May 7, 2016
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Wesleyan University to honor and celebrate Master Drummer Abraham Adzenyah on Saturday, May 7, 2016
Wesleyan University to honor and celebrate Master Drummer Abraham Adzenyah on Saturday, May 7, 2016
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - Saturday, May 7, 2016
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Wesleyan University's Davison Art Center presents fifth annual "The Big Draw: Middletown" on Saturday April 16
Wesleyan University's Davison Art Center presents fifth annual "The Big Draw: Middletown" on Saturday April 16
Friday, April 8, 2016 - Saturday, April 16, 2016
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March

Connecticut debut by Wu Man with the Shanghai Quartet at Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts on Friday April 1
Connecticut debut by Wu Man with the Shanghai Quartet at Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts on Friday April 1
Friday, March 25, 2016 - Friday, April 1, 2016
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Wesleyan University to present Spring Faculty Dance Concert "Storied Places" April 15 and 16, 2016
Wesleyan University to present Spring Faculty Dance Concert "Storied Places" April 15 and 16, 2016
Thursday, March 24, 2016 - Saturday, April 16, 2016
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Jay Hoggard Harlem Hieroglyphs Ensemble concludes 15th annual Wesleyan Jazz Orchesta Weekend on Saturday April 30
Jay Hoggard Harlem Hieroglyphs Ensemble concludes 15th annual Wesleyan Jazz Orchesta Weekend on Saturday April 30
Thursday, March 24, 2016 - Saturday, April 30, 2016
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Wesleyan University's Davison Art Center presents "Philip Trager: Photographing Ina" March 25 through May 22
Wesleyan University's Davison Art Center presents "Philip Trager: Photographing Ina" March 25 through May 22
Monday, March 14, 2016 - Sunday, May 22, 2016
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February

Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts Appoints Interim Director Laura Paul
Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts Appoints Interim Director Laura Paul
Monday, February 1, 2016 - Monday, February 1, 2016
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January

Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts Director Pamela Tatge Named New Executive Director of Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts Director Pamela Tatge Named New Executive Director of Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - Tuesday, January 12, 2016
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Syrian vocalist Gaida to perform Connecticut debut at Wesleyan University on Friday, February 5, 2016
Syrian vocalist Gaida to perform Connecticut debut at Wesleyan University on Friday, February 5, 2016
Wednesday, January 6, 2016 - Friday, February 5, 2016
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2015

December

Wesleyan University's Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery presents "We Chat" January 26 through February 28, 2016
Wesleyan University's Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery presents "We Chat" January 26 through February 28, 2016
Wednesday, December 9, 2015 - Sunday, February 28, 2016
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October

Wesleyan University's Theater Department presents "Marisol" by José Rivera Thursday, November 19 through Saturday, November 21, 2015
Wesleyan University's Theater Department presents "Marisol" by José Rivera Thursday, November 19 through Saturday, November 21, 2015
Friday, October 16, 2015 - Saturday, November 21, 2015
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August

Wesleyan University's Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery presents "R. Luke DuBois: In Real Time" September 16 through December 13, 2015
Wesleyan University's Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery presents "R. Luke DuBois: In Real Time" September 16 through December 13, 2015
Thursday, August 20, 2015 - Sunday, December 13, 2015
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Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts announces highlights of 2015-2016 season
Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts announces highlights of 2015-2016 season
Thursday, August 20, 2015 - Thursday, December 31, 2015
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April

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Grant to Support Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance Scholarship Fund
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Grant to Support Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance Scholarship Fund
Friday, April 24, 2015 - Friday, April 24, 2015
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Wesleyan University's Theater Department presents "The Bald Soprano" by Eugène Ionesco April 22-25, 2015
Wesleyan University's Theater Department presents "The Bald Soprano" by Eugène Ionesco April 22-25, 2015
Friday, April 17, 2015 - Saturday, April 25, 2015
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World premiere by Noah Baerman Resonance Ensemble concludes 14th annual Wesleyan Jazz Orchesta Weekend on Saturday April 25
World premiere by Noah Baerman Resonance Ensemble concludes 14th annual Wesleyan Jazz Orchesta Weekend on Saturday April 25
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - Saturday, April 25, 2015
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Wesleyan University's Davison Art Center presents fourth annual "The Big Draw: Middletown" on Saturday April 25
Wesleyan University's Davison Art Center presents fourth annual "The Big Draw: Middletown" on Saturday April 25
Monday, April 6, 2015 - Saturday, April 25, 2015
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March

Wesleyan University to present film screening of "Music of Survival" on Sunday, March 29, 2015
Wesleyan University to present film screening of "Music of Survival" on Sunday, March 29, 2015
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - Sunday, March 29, 2015
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February

Jazz quartet "Stanley Maxwell" to perform world premieres at Wesleyan University on Sunday, March 1, 2015
Jazz quartet "Stanley Maxwell" to perform world premieres at Wesleyan University on Sunday, March 1, 2015
Thursday, February 19, 2015 - Sunday, March 1, 2015
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Connecticut Premiere of "Tari Aceh!" Music and Dance from Northern Sumatra at Wesleyan University February 27
Connecticut Premiere of "Tari Aceh!" Music and Dance from Northern Sumatra at Wesleyan University February 27
Thursday, February 12, 2015 - Friday, February 27, 2015
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2014

December

Wesleyan University's Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery presents "Picture/Thing" January 27 through March 1, 2015
Wesleyan University's Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery presents "Picture/Thing" January 27 through March 1, 2015
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - Sunday, March 1, 2015
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Wesleyan University's Dance Department and Center for the Arts present Winter Dance Concert on December 5 and 6, 2014
Wesleyan University's Dance Department and Center for the Arts present Winter Dance Concert on December 5 and 6, 2014
Friday, December 5, 2014 - Saturday, December 6, 2014
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Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts Receives National Endowment for the Arts Grant to Support 2015-2016 Breaking Ground Dance Series
Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts Receives National Endowment for the Arts Grant to Support 2015-2016 Breaking Ground Dance Series
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - Tuesday, December 2, 2014
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"A Body in Fukushima" exhibition opens February 3, 2015 at Wesleyan University
"A Body in Fukushima" exhibition opens February 3, 2015 at Wesleyan University
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - Sunday, May 24, 2015
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October

Eiko Otake Begins Three-Year Appointment at Wesleyan University
Eiko Otake Begins Three-Year Appointment at Wesleyan University
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Wesleyan University's Theater Department presents "In the Heights" Wednesday, November 12 through Sunday, November 16, 2014
Wesleyan University's Theater Department presents "In the Heights" Wednesday, November 12 through Sunday, November 16, 2014
Thursday, October 16, 2014 - Sunday, November 16, 2014
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Fall Faculty Dance Concert to feature premiere of "To Not Forget Crimea" by Katja Kolcio on October 24
Fall Faculty Dance Concert to feature premiere of "To Not Forget Crimea" by Katja Kolcio on October 24
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - Friday, October 24, 2014
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July

"A World of Dreams: New Landscape Paintings by Tula Telfair" in Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery September 16 - December 5, 2014
"A World of Dreams: New Landscape Paintings by Tula Telfair" in Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery September 16 - December 5, 2014
Thursday, July 31, 2014 - Friday, December 5, 2014
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Wesleyan University's ICPP and Danspace Project to present livestreamed panel on performing arts curation Friday, July 25, 2014
Wesleyan University's ICPP and Danspace Project to present livestreamed panel on performing arts curation Friday, July 25, 2014
Monday, July 21, 2014 - Friday, July 25, 2014
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June

Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts summer series to feature world premiere of jazz group, Connecticut premiere of dance work
Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts summer series to feature world premiere of jazz group, Connecticut premiere of dance work
Thursday, June 5, 2014 - Sunday, July 20, 2014

Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts summer events include
world premiere of Joe Lovano Trio Fascination with special guest vocalist Judi Silvano;
Connecticut premiere of an excerpt of a dance work by Camille A. Brown & Dancers;
free concerts by Zili Misik, Neely Bruce;
free noontime talks by Banning Eyre, James Grashow, Aaron Jafferis.


Middletown, Conn.—Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts summer series includes the world premiere of the jazz group Joe Lovano Trio Fascination with special guest vocalist Judi Silvano (July 17); the Connecticut premiere of an excerpt of a dance work by Camille A. Brown & Dancers (July 11); free concerts by Zili Misik (July 2) and Neely Bruce (July 20); and free noontime talks by Banning Eyre (July 1), James Grashow (July 8), and Aaron Jafferis (July 15). Please see full event listings below.

Tickets for Joe Lovano Trio Fascination with special guest vocalist Judi Silvano, and Camille A. Brown & Dancers, are available online now at http://www.wesleyan.edu/boxoffice. Tickets will also be available starting on Monday, June 16, 2014 at Noon by phone at (860) 685-3355, or in person at the Wesleyan University Box Office, located in the Usdan University Center, 45 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown. The box office will be open Monday to Friday from Noon to 4pm. Tickets may also be purchased at each event beginning one hour prior to the performance, subject to availability. The Center for the Arts accepts cash, checks written to “Wesleyan University,” and all major credit cards. Groups of ten or more may receive a discount on tickets–please call (860) 685-3355 starting on Monday, June 16, 2014 for details. No refunds, cancellations, or exchanges.

All programs, artists and dates are subject to change. All Center for the Arts facilities are air-conditioned. "Summer at the Center for the Arts" is co-sponsored by the Capital Regional Education Council's Center for Creative Youth.

Summer at the Center for the Arts (July 1-20, 2014)

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 12:10pm
Banning Eyre: Tales from the Afropop Road—Bringing the World to American Public Radio
CFA Hall, 287 Washington Terrace, Middletown, Connecticut
FREE!

Banning Eyre is an author, guitarist, journalist, and Senior Editor at Afropop.org. His work with the public radio series Afropop Worldwide has taken him to over a dozen African countries to research local music, especially guitar styles; he recently completed a five-part radio series on music and history in Egypt. Mr. Eyre comments on world music for NPR's All Things Considered, and will soon publish a book about Thomas Mapfumo and the history of Zimbabwe.


Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 7pm
Zili Misik
CFA Courtyard, 283 Washington Terrace, Middletown, Connecticut
Rain Location: Crowell Concert Hall, 50 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown, Connecticut
FREE!

Dance to the powerful New World Soul rhythms of Zili Misik! Based in Boston, the all-female group was founded by Kera M. Washington '95, who was a semi-finalist in the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Hand Drumming Competition. The band traces their roots to five countries and three continents, and has been bridging cultures since 2005, opening for artists such as Boukman Eksperyans and Zap Mama. Reconnecting Haitian and Jamaican roots music with the West African influences in Brazilian samba, Cuban son, and American neo soul, Zili Misik's original creations and traditional folksongs feature five vocalists singing lyrics in English, Kreyol, Portuguese, and Spanish over trombone, sax, piano, bass, guitar, drums, and percussion.


Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 12:10pm
James Grashow: Art and Cardboard
CFA Hall, 287 Washington Terrace, Middletown, Connecticut
FREE!

Connecticut sculptor, woodcutter and mixed-media artist James Grashow has been creating works that address themes of man, nature, and mortality since his first sculpture show at the Allan Stone Gallery in 1966. He returns to Wesleyan to discuss his recent work with corrugated cardboard.

Friday, July 11, 2014 at 8pm
Camille A. Brown & Dancers
CFA Theater, 271 Washington Terrace, Middletown, Connecticut
$22 general public; $19 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni; $10 students

"Brown's combination of dance styles, precision and fluidity, and remarkable musicality were enthralling."
Pittsburgh Tribune

Camille A. Brown & Dancers return to Wesleyan following their sold-out appearance during the DanceMasters Weekend Showcase Performance in March 2012 with the Connecticut premiere of an excerpt from Mr. TOL E. RAncE (2012), as well as the work-in-progress Black Girl, which will premiere at The Joyce Theater in New York in 2015.

Drawing on Melissa Harris-Perry's Sister Citizen, the spellbinding photography of Carrie Mae Weems, and the fantastical imagery depicted in Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, the multimedia work Black Girl depicts the complexities of carving out a positive identity as a black female in urban American culture.

Inspired by Spike Lee's controversial movie Bamboozled and the book On The Real Side by Mel Watkins, Mr. TOL E. RAncE celebrates the humor and perseverance of the black performer, and examines stereotypical roles dominating current popular black culture. Through comedy, original music, animation, theater, and poignantly retrospective dance vocabulary, the personal work speaks to the issue of tolerance.

Artistic Director Camille A. Brown was the winner of the 2012 Mariam McGlone Emerging Choreographer Award.

Made possible by a grant from the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Black Girl was commissioned by DANCECleveland through a 2014 Joyce Award from the Joyce Foundation.



Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 12:10pm
Aaron Jafferis: How to Change the World with Hip-Hop Theater
World Music Hall, 40 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown, Connecticut
FREE!

Aaron Jafferis is a hip-hop poet and playwright whose musicals include Stuck Elevator, Kingdom, Shakespeare: The Remix, No Lie, Blood Magic, and How to Break, which have been produced at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, among many other venues. Mr. Jafferis has written poetry for Urban Bush Women and The Nation, and performed at the Kennedy Center and the National Poetry Slam Championships, where he is a former Open Rap Slam champion. He teaches poetry and hip-hop theater in schools, hospitals, and detention centers in his hometown of New Haven, Connecticut. At Wesleyan, Mr. Jafferis will discuss his work and demonstrate his approach to hip-hop theater.


Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 8pm
Joe Lovano Trio Fascination with special guest vocalist Judi Silvano
Crowell Concert Hall, 50 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown, Connecticut
$25 general public; $22 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni; $10 students

"It's fair to say that [Lovano] is one of the greatest musicians in jazz history."
—Ben Ratliff, The New York Times

Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Joe Lovano has searched for new modes of artistic expression within the jazz idiom for over three decades, performing with many artists including Dr. Lonnie Smith, Bill Frisell, Bobby Hutcherson, Ed Blackwell, Dave Liebman, and Eric Harland. Mr. Lovano's recent recordings on Blue Note have featured James Weidman and Lionel Loueke. This performance at Wesleyan will be the world premiere of Joe Lovano Trio Fascination with bassist Peter Slavov, drummer Lamy Istrefi, and special guest vocalist Judi Silvano.


Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 3pm
This Is It! The Complete Piano Works of Neely Bruce: Part III
Performed by the composer
Crowell Concert Hall, 50 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown, Connecticut
FREE!

John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce presents the third of twelve CD-length recitals of his piano music. This recital will feature Geographical Preludes, 36 short pieces composed from sketches made in 30 towns in the continental United States, including Alpharetta, Birmingham, Buena Vista, Cape Canaveral, Champaign, and Damariscotta.

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Wesleyan University and Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance announce new Master of Arts in Performance Curation degree program
Wesleyan University and Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance announce new Master of Arts in Performance Curation degree program
Thursday, June 5, 2014 - Thursday, June 5, 2014
Wesleyan University and Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance
announce new Master of Arts in Performance Curation degree program
 
Two-year low residency MA program to begin in summer of 2015;
Existing pilot ten-month Certificate Program in Performance Curation also made permanent.

 
Middletown, Conn.—Wesleyan University and the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance (ICPP) are pleased to announce the approval of a new Master of Arts in Performance Curation degree program, in addition to the permanent establishment of the Certificate Program in Performance Curation.

The Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance was founded in 2010, and introduced as a pilot initiative in 2011, by Wesleyan graduates Samuel A. Miller and Pamela Tatge, Director of the Center for the Arts, in partnership with Judy Hussie-Taylor and New York’s Danspace Project. ICPP is the first institute of its kind, a center for the academic study of the presentation and contextualization of contemporary performance. Distinct from graduate programs in Curatorial Studies, Arts Administration, Performance Studies, and the Humanities, ICPP offers its students a graduate-level education in innovative and relevant curatorial approaches to developing and presenting time-based art.

As performance becomes more embedded in museum programs and collaborative projects combine performance with other artistic disciplines in new ways, the need for a curatorial language and discourse around performance has become all the more pressing. Rather than narrowing in on a single authoritative definition of performance curation, ICPP’s aim has been to create a pluralistic conversation around contemporary performance, providing fundamental tools – a history of critical ideas; intellectual frameworks; and the application of theory to practice –  necessary to developing new approaches in the field.  ICPP is interested in being inclusive of curatorial models that stem from diverse geographic, ethnic, and social spheres.

Beginning in the summer of 2015, the new MA is a two-year, low residency program that can be pursued concurrently with one’s existing professional responsibilities.  The MA is for those who seek a deeper immersion in the theory and practice of performance curation and desire more opportunities for substantive critical writing, as well as those who require an advanced graduate degree to be considered for higher-level positions in the field. During both years of the program, students will participate in a two-week summer intensive, as well as four-day intensives in the fall and spring. In addition, there will be one semester-long field placement per year.

After three successful pilot years, the Certificate Program will continue to provide a ten-month low residency program for those who seek a fundamental intellectual framework and a specialized peer network to support their work in the expanding field of performance.  The Certificate includes a single two-week summer intensive, plus three-day intensives in the fall and spring.

Past certificate alumni are active curators, artists, and arts professionals from around the world, working independently and at institutions such as the National Endowment for the Arts, Danspace Project, Pepatián (Bronx, New York), New England Foundation for the Arts, Cowles Center (Minneapolis), Ringling Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Stanford University, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Walker Art Center, and Williams College.

Core faculty for both programs will include Wesleyan’s Associate Professor of Dance Nicole Stanton, Associate Professor of Dance Katja Kolcio, and Associate Professor of Art Elijah Huge; and field professionals Samuel A. Miller, President, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; Judy Hussie-Taylor, Executive Director of Danspace Project, New York; Kristy Edmunds, Executive and Artistic Director, Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA; Thomas Lax, Associate Curator in the Department of Media and Performance Art, Museum of Modern Art; and Philip Bither, Senior Curator of Performing Arts, Walker Art Center; among others.

Applications for both programs are now available online at http://www.wesleyan.edu/icpp. The deadline for submitting all application materials is Thursday, January 15, 2015.  

Leadership support for the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation with additional funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

For more information about the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance, please e-mail icpp@wesleyan.edu or visit http://www.wesleyan.edu/icpp.
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March

Wesleyan University's Davison Art Center presents "Oral Fixations: Drawings by Julia Randall" March 28 through May 25
Wesleyan University's Davison Art Center presents "Oral Fixations: Drawings by Julia Randall" March 28 through May 25
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - Sunday, May 25, 2014
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February

"Evan Roth//Intellectual Property Donor" February 5 - March 2, 2014 in Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
"Evan Roth//Intellectual Property Donor" February 5 - March 2, 2014 in Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
Monday, February 3, 2014 - Sunday, March 2, 2014
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January

Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts Awarded Grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts Awarded Grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - Tuesday, January 28, 2014
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Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts Receives Association of Performing Arts Presenters Grant to Support the Muslim Women Voices Project during 2014-2015 Season
Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts Receives Association of Performing Arts Presenters Grant to Support the Muslim Women Voices Project during 2014-2015 Season
Friday, January 10, 2014 - Friday, January 10, 2014
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Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts Receives Arts Catalyze Placemaking Grant from Connecticut Office of the Arts
Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts Receives Arts Catalyze Placemaking Grant from Connecticut Office of the Arts
Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - Tuesday, January 7, 2014
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A World of Arts in the Heart of Connecticut