Special to the Journal
The Albany State University Lyceum Committee has been selected by the National Endowment for the Arts to receive a Challenge America Fast-Track Review Grant. The committee was selected to receive one of the 162 grants of $10,000 awarded to organizations in 46 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This is the second consecutive year ASU has been awarded the grant.
With this grant the Albany State University Lyceum Committee will bring the internationally renowned Imani Winds Woodwind Quintet to Albany, Ga. on Jan. 17, 2012 for a day-long cultural residency. While in Albany, Imani Winds will conduct a master class for students from Albany State University as well as area junior and senior high school students from Dougherty and Lee Counties. They will also present a formal concert for the general public. Both events will take place in Albany’s Municipal Auditorium. The master class is scheduled to take place from 11a.m. until 1p.m., and the evening’s performance will begin at 7:30 p.m.
An independent agency of the federal government, the National Endowment for the Arts advances artistic excellence, creativity and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities.
“Taken together, these Challenge America Fast-Track grants provide an extraordinary sampling of the work that arts organizations do to reach underserved communities,” said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. “With these grants, we are helping to ensure that art works for all Americans.”
“This is a tremendous opportunity for the citizens of Albany, young and old, to have an ensemble of musicians of this caliber in our city, working with our young musicians, and performing for us all,” said Dr. Leroy Bynum, Jr., dean for the College of Arts and Humanities at ASU and chair of the Lyceum Committee. “We are very fortunate to once again have received this grant from the NEA. It’s a validation of our efforts towards arts exposure to all citizens of this community and of the consistently high quality of arts presentations this institution maintains.”
Albany State University’s Lyceum Committee consists of 15 members representing ASU’s students, faculty, community supporters and sponsors. The committee supports concerts, lectures, recitals, theatrical productions, visual arts exhibitions and other events for ASU and Southwest Georgia.
For more information about the National Endowment for the Arts, visit www.arts.gov. For more information about the Imani Winds Woodwind Quintet performance, contact the ASU Department of Fine Arts at (229) 430-4849.