T. J. Gaudette
African-American theatre artists will be able to meet and discuss their needs
when the Progressive Arts Collective hosts the symposium Setting Our Agenda:
Preparing for the 21st Century. Presentations and focus groups led by Austin
arts professionals will cover careers, training, non-traditional casting,
audience development, performance art, what makes a production, and other
topics, specifically as they relate to black actors, writers, designers, and
directors. The event has been assembled by Boyd Vance, longtime Austin theatre
artist who moved to San Francisco last year but is back in town starring in the
Zachary Scott Theatre Center revival of Shear Madness. Vance has nurtured many
local African-American theatre artists in the past 20 years and says the
community of such artists is more alive than ever. "What we have to do now,"
says Vance, "is sit down and figure out what people's objectives are and how
they're going to reach them and how we're all going to work together." The
symposium is set for two days: Nov 18 and Jan 20. The November half will open
with a welcome by Michael Coleman and a brief history of Austin theatre from
Vance. The morning session will be held at the Austin Community College Rio
Grande campus, the afternoon session will be held at the Zachary Scott Theatre
Center. For more info, call Vance or Dewy Brooks at 447-5343.
African-American Theatre Symposium
The Archer M. Huntington Art Gallery has secured a major grant from the
Institute of Museum Services. The art museum for the University of Texas at
Austin was awarded $112,500 for the Institute's 1995-1997 funding cycle. The
grant serves a double purpose: financial assistance in that trickiest of areas
to secure funds, general operating support, and recognition from one of the
nation's most respected evaluators of museum operations and programs.
On the Funding Front
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