The College of Fine Arts establishes relationships with corporations and private foundations to secure funding for projects of mutual interest. We work closely with corporate and foundation representatives, as well as college deans and faculty from across the university to ensure that top priorities are achieved. Gifts from corporations and foundations help fund scholarships, professorships, creative research, programs and services.
Arts for Ohio funding is internal to be used to develop initiatives that are targeted at student attendance for either existing events, scheduled events or new events. The projected goals are audience development, increased attendance and better integration of the arts into the social and cultural fabric of the University.
As a Masters of Fine Arts student in the Professional Director’s Training program, I was overjoyed to be awarded an Arts for Ohio grant that enabled the School of Theater to host Drew Richardson as a guest artist. In order to direct the historical comedy “Servant of Two Masters”, I felt it was vital to bring in a mask and movement specialist to teach this very physical form of comedy, Commedia Dell’Arte, to my cast. Not only did the outcome of this grant award have far-reaching positive impact across many departments and the Athens community, as a student I learned invaluable lessons about the grant-writing process.
During Drew Richardson’s time at OHIO, Drew taught in-depth mask, movement, Commedia, and comedic improvisation technique to the cast of “Servant of Two Masters”, gave a memorable lecture on Commedia and his life experiences as a theater artist in an open forum presentation, taught a specialized and inspirational lecture to the members of the juggling club focusing on how to generate original skill-based work though “foolish problem solving”, as well as guest teaching an English class on the subject of Commedia Dell’Arte.
Not only did Drew Richardson’s visit have an overwhelmingly successful student impact through his workshops and lectures, Drew’s work on the play “Servant of Two Masters” generated excitement about the show and brought the Athens and OHIO communities together into a diverse and appreciative audience.
Student Clifton Hoznogel B.F.A. Performance ’13 shared: “My favorite aspect of Drew's workshops was the mask work. I had always been fascinated by masks but knew very little about them. Masks hold such a great power and it was amazing to witness the personality of the masks take over my cast-mates and to experience it myself. Drew was an amazing guide into this wonderful new world and I can't wait to explore mask further.”
-Emily Penick, MFA Directing ’13