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ERIC Number: ED263935
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Oct-24
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Visual Arts in Community Colleges: Enhancing the Learning Environment.
Gurley, Jay
Art exhibits on college campuses not only foster aesthetic appreciation and knowledge, but they also stimulate and encourage community involvement. In New Mexico, public and institutional policies permit the purchase of art to enhance public buildings, including institutions of higher education. At Eastern New Mexico University's Clovis Campus (ENMU-Clovis), a branch campus serving a community college mission, funds were set aside from the capital outlay appropriations for the purchase of art. A committee of local community citizens and faculty members was appointed to recommend purchases, commissions, collections, and displays of art works in buildings. In addition, the committee established criteria for the selection of art works, and provided incentives for gifts and loans that added to the college's collection. The visual arts program at ENMU-Clovis has had numerous tangible and intangible benefits, including: (1) donors to the arts program have received tax savings, while the institution has realized an appreciation in the value of certain collectibles; (2) the art faculty has been prompted to conduct student art shows each semester; and (3) art exhibits are at least contiguous to various areas of work and study and therefore more readily accessible to students, faculty, guests, and all other employees. In the years to come, leadership from within the college and community, supported by national, state, and regional humanities organizations, will have important goals to attain and decisions to render so that the users of its facilities will continue to have the opportunity to view, touch, and experience quality works of art through its visual arts program. (EJV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A