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Open music auditions for instrumentalists and vocalists new to the Richland College music department will be conducted Jan. 9 and 18 in Fannin Hall. These auditions are open to vocalists and students who play instruments, including the piano, drums, guitar, bass, woodwind, brass, string or other percussion instruments.
Instrumentalists: Derrick Logozzo, 972-238-6254 or email@example.com
Vocalists: Melissa Logan, 972-238-6284 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Richland College community is invited to the 10th Annual Richland College Dance Jam Festival at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 30 in the breezeway between Lavaca and Fannin Hall. The Dance Jam Festival is hosted by the dance program and is directed by dance instructor Gina Sawyer. The outdoor event is a collaboration that brings together dance students and educators from local independent school districts, studios, colleges and universities to celebrate and appreciate dance.
For more information, contact Gina at GSawyer@dcccd.edu.
Kiera Leverton received her early tap training from her tap teacher Terry Wolter, and her grandfather, Buster Cooper. Later she sought the training of Acia Gray in Austin, Barbara Phillips in San Antonio, and Jay Fagan in Chicago. Much of her exposure to the tap community was through tap festivals such as the Chicago Human Rhythm Project and the Third Coast Rhythm Project. She has had the privilege of studying with many professionals in the field, such as Derick K. Grant, Lane Alexander, Bril Barrett, Henry LeTang, Sam Weber, Nicole Hockenberry, Dianne Walker, Gregory Hines, and Yuji Uragami. In 2010, she received the Gene, Louise, and Fred Kelly Tap Teacher Scholarship. Leverton has performed at such venues as Radio City Music Hall, the Kodak Theatre, the Sky Dome in Toronto, and Wembley Stadium in London. She toured nationally and internationally as a dancer and later as dance captain with “Barney’s Colorful World” from 2003-2004. She played “Bert” and various chorus characters in Sesame Street Live’s touring productions of “Elmo Makes Music“, and “When Elmo Grows Up” in 2007-2008. In 2011, she received the opportunity to travel internationally to Japan, Korea, Turkey, Europe, and the UK as “Grover” with “Sesame Street Live’s USO Experience for Military Families”, as a part of Michelle Obama’s project “Joining Forces”.
The Richland College community is invited to the Outside the Toy Box exhibit by John Hartley in the Brazos Gallery from now until Oct. 26. This exhibit was created to show characters influenced by Hartley’s surroundings. His subjects are diverse, as are his interests. His paintings combine his two passions, making art and collecting, that link the past with the present. Common threads that binds his art are time, nostalgia for the past, recognition of former achievements and moments captured in a glance. Hartley’s aim has always been “to create intellectually and emotionally significant statements of the soul.” For more information about Hartley, visit http://www.johnhartley.net/index.html.
See the exhibit from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. through Oct. 26 in Brazos Gallery. You can also listen to Hartley talk from 1-3 p.m. Oct. 17 in the Brazos Gallery.
For more information, contact Charles Coldewey at email@example.com.
Reference Librarian Rae DeShong will be the first speaker at the DFW Archives Bazaar, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park, 1515 S. Harwood St. in Dallas. Rae’s talk, “Locating Research Material for Little Egypt: A Learning Experience,” will discuss the Richland College Library’s role in assisting faculty members Clive Siegle and Tim Sullivan in tracking down the story of the 1870s-era community, particularly its founding family. Little Egypt was documented in a sheaf of papers that lacked citation, but resources for the post-Civil War African American community and associated families turned out to be fairly robust.
Since 2015, honors history and anthropology classes have been studying Little Egypt under the direction of faculty members Clive Siegle and Tim Sullivan. Upon the end of the Civil War, several freedman’s communities popped up in the Dallas area. One of them was called Little Egypt, located in today’s Lake Highlands neighborhood. For additional information on Little Egypt, visit https://lakehighlands.advocatemag.com/2015/10/raising-little-egypt-two-richland-college-teachers-dig-into-lake-highlands-past.
To hear more about this project and other professionals helping preserve the history and culture of communities in North Texas, stop by the DFW Archives Bazaar for Rae’s discussion. More information on the event is at http://www.dfwarchivesbazaar.com.
The Richland College community is invited to “Printed Nature” from Aug. 27-Sept. 21 in the Brazos Gallery. Artist David Van Ness has been working with 3D printing and digital fabrication since 2005 and is fascinated with the medium. Although common in the digital art world, 3D printing and digital fabrication is a relatively new concept to apply to sculptures.
In his work, Van Ness has explored issues of creativity on a variety of different projects, and he uses vector geometry, data sets and a combination of the two. He is also looking at ways to combine data to alter perceptions and to re-imagine art. The Richland community is also invited to meet Van Ness at an artist reception at 1 p.m. Sept. 11 in the Brazos Gallery.
For more information, contact Charles Coldewey at CColdewey@dcccd.edu.
Welcome, Richland College Guest Choreographer Kaley Jensen!
Kaley Jensen was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She attended Brigham Young University, where she graduated with a major in dance and minor in business. While there, she performed and toured with the Theatre Ballet Company all four years. Kaley has had the privilege of training on scholarship at programs such as the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance and Ballet West, as well as achieving academic and international talent awards at the World Dance Movement in Italy. Last May, Kaley completed her MFA in Dance University of Arizona, where she also deepened her passion for performing, educating, and choreographing.
Since graduating and moving to Dallas with her husband, Kaley has enjoyed freelancing as a performer and teacher with companies such as Contemporary Ballet Dallas, Collin County Ballet Theatre, and Chamberlain Performing Arts. She has also had the privilege of performing and choreographing for the national AGO conference for the last two years. Currently, Kaley dances professionally as a company member with Ballet North Texas. She is also a Ballet Burn and pilates instructor and is completing the Fletcher Pilates Comprehensive Program of Study. Kaley is thrilled to be back in the collegiate setting as a guest choreographer for Richland College this fall.
Richland painting instructor Keith Williams’ art will be showcased in a gallery exhibit now through July 27 at ArtSpace at Metropolitan Press, 1250 Majesty Dr. in Dallas. The exhibit, “Keith Williams: Journey Forward,” showcases Keith’s vivid images and progressive style.
An artist reception will take place in the gallery 6-9 p.m. Thurs., July 12.