AT&T backs fine arts facility at TLU

Company gives university $75,000 to fund development of conceptual plans for facility

Posted: Sunday, February 6, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 3:18 pm, Sat Feb 5, 2011.

SEGUIN – AT&T recently awarded $75,000 to Texas Lutheran University to fund the development of conceptual plans for a new fine arts facility on the TLU campus.

The conceptual drawings will be presented to TLU regents at the board’s February meeting.

With a new fine arts facility in place, TLU will seek an increase in participation and enrollment for students interested in band, strings, choir, dramatic media and the visual arts.

“In recent years, the TLU fine arts program has grown to include nearly 25 percent of our student population – more than 300 students – and we have significantly outgrown our existing facilities,” said Nancy Hershfield, vice president development and alumni relations. “We appreciate AT&T’s continued support of our students and faculty, and we are excited about the opportunities we will have to expand and grow our outstanding fine arts program.”

“Many students already choose TLU based on its excellence in fine arts education,” said Laura Sanford, assistant vice president of AT&T. “New facilities will enable TLU to attract and retain additional students, further enrich arts instruction, enhance student life and increase the many ways in which TLU serves as an arts focal point for the greater Seguin-area community. This is essential to TLU and its continued educational and community leadership.”

Through its philanthropic initiatives and partnerships, AT&T has a long history of supporting projects that create learning opportunities, promote academic and economic achievement and address community needs. In 2009, more than $155 million was contributed through corporate, employee and AT&T Foundation programs.

Currently, the TLU School of Music provides professional training to students who wish to pursue careers in music and music education. It also offers opportunities to students from all majors to enhance their musical education by electing to study music, either from among the academic offerings (music history, literature or theory) or performance (piano, organ, instrumental, voice, and vocal or instrumental ensembles).

Students gain performance opportunities through membership in the symphonic winds, concert band, choir and string ensemble.

A relatively new concept, dramatic media has been defined by the Kennedy Center in its publication “The National Standards for Arts Education” as a “means of telling stories by way of stage, film, television, radio, or computer discs.”

At TLU, that concept has been adapted to create a unique and dynamic program of instruction and production.

Intentionally developed as a hybrid of theater, film and new media training, the program explores storytelling by way of the stage or screen, through the fusion and study of text, performance, design and technology.

TLU’s Department of Visual Arts offers a program of training and experience in fine art supported by studies in the liberal arts. Students may specialize in drawing/painting, sculpture, ceramics and graphic arts, and typically have the opportunity to study abroad, jury local art shows and attend national art conferences and workshops.

Internships regularly become available within the community or a student may elect to intern in the art department as a shop tech in the ceramics, sculpture and printmaking labs, or in the campus art gallery.

Art students may also participate in the annual juried exhibition that is held in the Annetta Kraushaar Gallery in the Schuech Fine Arts Center or showcase their works in other venues throughout the community.


© Copyright 2011, Seguin Gazette Enterprise, Seguin, TX


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