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Report of Regents Cultural Education Committee to The Board of Regents

Your Committee on Cultural Education Committee had its scheduled meeting on June 13, 2016. Regent Roger Tilles, Chair of the Cultural Education Committee, submitted the following written report. In attendance were committee members:Regent Tilles, Regent Cea, Regent Cottrell, Regent Chin, Regent Ouderkirk, and Regent Johnson. In addition to CE Committee Members, in attendance were: Chancellor Rosa, Vice Chancellor Brown, Regents Tallon, Cashin, Collins, Johnson, Mead, Hakanson, and Reyes as well as Commissioner Elia and Executive Deputy Commissioner Berlin.


Chair’s Remarks: Regent Tilles welcomed everyone and introduced Sara Fittizzi, Executive Director of the New York State Summer School of the Arts.  Ms. Fittizzi introduced Margaret Denithorne, Artistic Director of the School of Theater and Maureen Gallager, who was a student at the School of Theater in 2015.

CE (D) 1 Report on New York State Summer School of the Arts 2015 and 2016 sessions

The New York State Summer School of the Arts (NYSSSA) begins its 47th year mid-June, 2016.  The statewide summer school of the arts offers seven schools, each  is a month-long, residential program for high-school students.  The seven programs are hosted on four college campuses.  Ms. Fittizzi provided an overview of the program and showed a brief section of a video prepared by Mountain Lake, PBS about the program.  The video can be found at: . Ms. Denithorne, reviewed the content of the program and the ways in which it prepares students for careers in the arts and other careers outside of the arts.  Ms. Gallager discussed the profound impact that her participation in the program has had on her.   In 2015 406 students to the program were accepted out of 1200 applicants. 

In 2016 there are many performances that are open to the public.  The schedule of public performances is:

Performances in the Local Albany Area:

School of Ballet- Final Open Demonstration at the National Museum of Dance- July 30 at 10am

School of Orchestral Studies- Final Performance at SPAC- Saturday, August 20 at 2:00 pm

School of Orchestral Studies- Concert at Skidmore College Zankel Music Center- Sunday, August 7- 2pm

School of Orchestral Studies- Concert at Skidmore College Zankel Music Center- Tuesday, August 9 at Noon

School of Dance- Lecture Demonstration- Skidmore College Dance Theatre- Saturday, August 13 at 10am

School of Dance- Faculty and Guest Artist Concert- Skidmore Dance Theatre- Saturday, August 13 at 7pm

School of Dance- Student Concert- Skidmore Dance Theatre- Friday August 19 at 7pm

Performances Statewide:

School of Visual Arts Final Student Exhibition- SUNY Fredonia Rockefeller Arts Center- Saturday July 29, 1:30 – 3:00pm

School of Media Arts Final Student Exhibition- SUNY Oswego Tyler Auditorium and Gallery- Saturday July 22, 9:00- 1:00pm

School of Theater Final Scenes- SUNY Delhi- Saturday, August 8- 10am-2pm

School of Choral Studies Concert at Chautauqua Institution Auditorium- Sunday, July 24, 2:30pm

School of Choral Studies Honors/Scene Recitals SUNY Fredonia's Rosch Hall- Friday July 29 4:00pm/7:30pm

School of Choral Studies Final Student Concert, SUNY Fredonia's Rosch Hall- Saturday July 30, 1:30pm

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Meeting Date: 
Monday, June 13, 2016 - 4:10pm