Congratulations to Chair of Communication Arts Robert Meganck and Communication Arts Associate Professor Matt Wallin! The duo received a $40,000 grant from the Virginia Innovation Partnership i6 Challenge competition for the finalization of The 3D VCH Color Model project. See their TEDxRVA 2013 talk on the project here.
Dr. Sarah B. Cunningham, Executive Director of Research at VCUarts, was appointed to the National Guild for Community Arts Education’s board of trustees in February 2014. As a Guild trustee, Cunningham will support and help shape the future of the growing arts education sector the National Guild serves and represents.
The National Guild for Community Arts Education supports and advances access to lifelong learning opportunities in the arts. The Guild fosters the creation and development of community arts education organizations by providing research and information resources, professional development, networking opportunities, funding, and advocacy on behalf of the field.
VCU School of the Arts and the Health Science Campus have teamed up to provide a new fellowship open to faculty and students aimed at exploring the intersection of arts and health. Two awards of $3,500 and two awards of $6,000 will be granted to support interdisciplinary projects that utilize arts and design skills to improve methods of teaching and delivering healthcare.
Undergraduates applying for the fellowship should identify a faculty mentor. Fellows will be selected based on prior evidence of excellence in their field, the ability to think in unconventional ways, experience in interdisciplinary research, evidence of project management skills, and the potential contribution of the proposed project to overcome a healthcare problem.
The deadline to apply is April 15, 2014. For more information on applying, click here.
On Sunday, February 23, 2014 WCVE’s Virginia Currents Radio Program (National Public Radio • 88.9) aired an interview with Communication Arts Assistant Professor, Stephen Alcorn, celebrating the publication of ODETTA: THE QUEEN OF FOLK, Alcorn’s picture book tribute to the legendary folk singer and social activist, Odetta Holmes (1930-2008).
With a roster that has doubled in less than two years, it seems everyone wants to be a part of what CBS Sports calls “the best pep band in college sports.” Peppas, VCU’s resident Athletic and Pep Band, is known for its unapologetically intense musical antics during the games. Headed by director Ryan Kopasci, the Peppas are every bit a part of the action as the players on the court. Jon Murphy, newly appointed Assistant Director of the band, says “We like to think of ourselves as ‘The Sixth Man. We cheer loud. All of the time.”
Their presence has not gone unnoticed. A recent video of the band’s performance of Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” during a home game against George Mason University has quickly gone viral. According to reports, the free-throw distraction attempt proved successful, as GMU only shot at 56 percent accuracy.
It isn’t all fun and games, however. The band boasts an eighty-plus songbook of repertoire that is always expanding. Rehearsals are fast and concise, relying on the independent work of the players so that style and interpretation can take precedence.
“Everyone in the band has a great deal of musical talent, dedication, and most importantly school spirit,” Murphy stated.
Photo: Courtesy The Commonwealth Times (Chris Conway)