ERIC Number: ED215748
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr-6
Reference Count: 0
The Small/Rural Community College's Role in Enhancing the Fine Arts.
Simpson, William M.
A key mission of the community college is to provide service and education to the community. One important facet of community service, especially in rural areas, is the provision of artistic and cultural programs to enhance the quality of life. Toward this end, Black Hawk College has worked to promote the fine arts by offering citizens the opportunity to enjoy and/or participate in drama, music, and art through the establishment of a Community Arts Program. The program was created through cooperation between the college and local residents, and currently over 1,600 people a year participate in activities including a college-community choir, a college-community dinner theater, performances by touring theater groups and artists, exhibits of local and state artists, and an arts workshop for children. The organizational structure of the program is designed to incorporate many people and share responsibility among advisory committee members, program coordinators, community volunteers, and support personnel from the college. The program is self-supporting with revenues coming from ticket sales and grants from the Illinois Arts Council and a local trust fund. The arts program is an example of a working symbiosis between college and community, with the college providing facilities, management, and stability, and the community supplying talent, people, funds, and interest. By-laws for the Community Arts Program are appended. (HB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Black Hawk College IL
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges (62nd, St. Louis, MO, April 4-7, 1982).