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ERIC Number: EJ832325
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb-20
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
University Strives to Be a Cultural Hub in Central Arkansas
Mooney, Carolyn
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n24 pA17 Feb 2009
One might not immediately think of Conway, a city of 55,000, as an arts hub. Conway is growing and changing, and the university's artistic aspirations have played a role. In recent years the University of Central Arkansas, a campus of 13,000 students, has become home to two prestigious literary magazines: (1) "Oxford American"; and (2) "Exquisite Corpse Annual," a reborn print edition of the cutting-edge magazine edited by the writer and NPR commentator Andrei Codrescu. The university also founded the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, which produces an annual summer festival, and recently began playing host to the opera telecasts. Although campus arts projects are too far-flung and decentralized to track, observers believe the number is growing--at regional and rural institutions as well as at wealthier and urban ones. Colleges and universities are commissioning original works of music and dance, inviting established artists to campus, and encouraging fresh ways to inspire creativity and expression.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arkansas