SUNY Oswego is Semifinalist for National Creative Campus Grant

OSWEGO — SUNY Oswego has been selected as one of 31 semifinalists in the 2010 Creative Campus Innovations Grant Program.

Sponsored by the Association of Performing Arts Presenters and funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the program supports projects that integrate the work of campus arts presenters with the broader educational and service mission of the colleges and universities they serve.

As a semifinalist, Oswego’s Artswego performing arts program will receive $7,000 to help develop the project concept for the next round of consideration.

“This is wonderful news,” said Artswego Coordinator Mary Avrakotos. “Only one in five schools continue as semifinalists. This announcement affirms the quality of the performing arts presentations on our campus and the commitment of our administration and faculty to build on that growing reputation.”

If selected as a finalist next year, the college will receive a grant of up to $200,000 to build cross-campus partnerships that extend the impact of the diverse performers who visit each year.

SUNY Oswego’s proposal involves four artists who will participate in campus and community residencies during the 2011-12 season as part of a year-long theme, “Telling Tales: The Arts and Discovery.”

New York is home to more Creative Campus semifinalists than any other state. Other New York institutions selected through the competitive process in addition to Oswego are Bard, Baruch and Skidmore colleges, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Syracuse University.

About Arts Presenters

The Association of Performing Arts Presenters is the national service organization for the field of arts presenting. It has nearly 2,000 organizational members and brings nearly 4,000 performing arts professionals together from around the world for its annual conference in New York City.

Members range from the nation’s leading performing arts centers to civic and university performance facilities to the full spectrum of artist agencies, managers, national consulting practices that serve the field, and a growing roster of self-presenting artists.

About the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

The mission of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is to improve the quality of people’s lives through grants supporting the performing arts, wildlife conservation, medical research and the prevention of child maltreatment and through preservation of the cultural and environmental legacy of Doris Duke’s Properties.
Of its grants totaling close to $473 million to date, the foundation has approved approximately $156 million to support nonprofit performing arts organizations throughout the United States.