Current project supported by the committee
2012/2013 Focus on Music
Da Capo Chamber Players Residency
Since its founding in 1970, the Da Capo Chamber Players has established itself as one of the foremost new music groups in the United States. The group’s mission is to give new works the dedicated attention and exciting performances consistent with the highest musical standards in traditional repertoire. Da Capo is a leader in building a strong heritage of present-day American chamber music: the group is known not only for exceptional artistry but also for the wealth of new compositions written for them. Over the years, more than 80 chamber music works have been written especially for them by composers ranging from Philip Glass to Milton Babbit, Joan Tower, Jeffrey Mumford, and Su Lian Tan. The residency by this Naumberg Award-winning ensemble will coincide with many activities and events that will be very beneficial to students, faculty, and staff, and interesting to the public.
This program is sponsored by the USM Gorham Cultural Affairs Committee, and made possible in part with public funds from the NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.
In 2012-2013, the USM Gorham Cultural Affairs committee will also support the following Theatre project:
Acting With Archetypes
Ever present in classic mythology, literature, psychology, art, as well as in our own thoughts and memories, archetypes exist as energies and characters that have spanned time and culture. Utilizing breath, movement, voice, and imagination, we will explore several archetypes that will enhance character development, deepen connection between text and action, and heighten intuition. Workshop will culminate in a public performance of songs, stories, and activities that demonstrate this powerful work. Josh Chenard is an Assistant Professor of Acting at New Mexico State University. Josh has taught workshops and classes all over the country from Los Angeles to Atlanta to New York. A certified instructor of the Michael Chekhov technique, Josh is also an Associate Teacher candidate of Fitzmaurice Voicework®.
Archetypes Workshop and Performance
Saturday, November 17 & Sunday November 18, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
University of Southern Maine, Gorham Campus, Hastings Formal Lounge.
Public Performance: November 19 at 7:30 p.m. Russell Hall Main Stage. Free and open to the public.
For more information, contact Emmanuelle Chaulet, (207) 780-5146, email@example.com.
This event is sponsored by the USM Gorham Cultural Affairs Committee
2013/2014 Focus on Art
Contemporary Photography from Iran is an art exhibition of more than 60 works of photography and video installations by 20 of Iran’s most celebrated photographers. The exhibition gathers personal perspectives of contemporary Iran filtered through individual sensibilities, while simultaneously addressing public concerns. Persian Visions was developed by Hamid Severi for the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art in Iran and Gary Hallman of the Regis Center for Art at the University of Minnesota and toured by International Arts & Artists in Washington, D.C. This exhibition is supported in part by grants from the ILEX Foundation; the University of Minnesota McKnight Arts and Humanities Endowment; and the Department of Art and Regis Center for Art at the University of Minnesota.
2011/2012 Focus on Theatre
"[Un]Spoken Maine" The USM Theatre Department, Add Verb Productions/UNE, USM Gorham Cultural Affairs Committee, USM Campus Safety Project and USM Women & Gender Studies partner to sponsor [Un]Spoken Maine.
The [Un]Spoken Maine Project is a collection of student-written performances pieces about sexual health, communication, and safety. An ensemble of twelve actors will perform thirteen pieces that address such wide-ranging issues as first sexual experiences, domestic abuse, bystander intervention, and sexual identity. All of the actors are USM students.
Performances are free & one hour long
- Monday, March 19, 2012 at 7:30 p.m, Russell Hall, USM Gorham campus
- Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at Noon, UNE Ludke Auditorium, Stevens Ave., Portland.
- Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at Noon, UNE Ludke Auditorium, Stevens Ave., Portland.
The [Un]Spoken Maine Project formed the core of a new education program for incoming students with the goal of promoting healthy relationships and preventing and better responding to interpersonal violence in the campus community.
Following each performance all audience members are asked to fill out a brief survey assessing the impact, effectiveness, relevance, and overall presentation of the show. Community feedback, particularly that of students is key to crafting an effective orientation program.
Da Capo Chamber Players in Residence
The Naumberg Award-winning Da Capo Chamber Players, one of New York City’s most longstanding and preeminent new music ensembles, will be in residence at USM School of Music for three days to present a public concert, readings and recordings of student works, a master class, and a public lecture.
Tuesday, March 19 through Thursday, March 21.
The residency is sponsored by the USM Gorham Cultural Affairs Committee, and made possible in part with public funds from the NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.Learn More