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Arts Scholars Program Begins

By Priya Prahalad

This year kicks off the new Arts Scholars Program, sponsored by the Council for the Arts.

Alan Brody, associate provost for the arts and initiator of the program, wanted to create community that would unite undergraduates who have a deep interest in the arts.

"The actual setup of the campus does not allow for much interaction between the artists," said Susan R. Cohen, director of the Council for the Arts.

"The monthly meetings, which include dinner and a presentation, allow the students to meet and discuss their ideas with each other, members of the council, and members of the faculty."

This year's presentations are being given by faculty members, council members, artists in residence, fellow students, and local artists.

The program hopes to raise enough money to take the participants on various excursions, including trips to local galleries and museums, behind-the-scenes tours, and off-campus performances, Cohen said.

Eventually, the program hopes to take its members on a trip to New York City to see various shows, concerts, and museums, and a one-week excursion to Europe, she said.

The program is being administered by the Council for the Arts, the office of the arts, the office of the associate provost for the arts, and faculty from various departments. The faculty for the program have their backgrounds in music, theater, writing, architecture, visual arts, and media arts.

Program open to upperclassmen

The program is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors, regardless of major, who display interests in one or more disciplines in the arts. The students should want more interaction with other student and faculty artists and more exposure to the arts in the Boston area.

The inaugural 23 Arts Scholars were selected in April on the basis of their applications, which consisted of an essay describing the student's involvement and interest in the arts, two letters of recommendation, samples of their art, an interview with a member of the program's faculty, and an interview with a member from the Council for the Arts.

The final decision was made by a committee of arts faculty members, members of the Council for the Arts, Brody, and the director of arts communication.

One of the new Arts Scholars is Thomas M. Cork '00, who is interested in theater. "I wish to be an Arts Scholar because of the interaction," he said.

"I feel that the more contact I have with artists (of all fields, not just theater), the more personal universes I will see," he said. "By seeing these universes, I will be able to continue to deepen my exploration of the world, not only through my own eyes, but through the eyes of fellow artists."

"This is the perfect program for everyone," Cohen said. "I am optimistic that this will be a good program and will run year after year."

Selection for next year's Arts Scholars Program will begin in April.