College of the Arts partners with Towne Lake Arts Center
The College of the Arts and the Towne Lake Arts Center recently formed a partnership that will serve both KSU students and the arts center. This partnership builds on the college's longstanding commitment to serving the broader community and to providing service−learning opportunities for its students.
(Jul 25, 2006) — The College of the Arts and the Towne Lake Arts Center recently formed a partnership
that will serve both KSU students and the arts center. This partnership builds on
the college's longstanding commitment to serving the broader community and to providing
service−learning opportunities for its students.
Officials with the Towne Lake Arts Center see the partnership as a fantastic way to help college students learn about the theater business in a real−world setting. The nonprofit theater‚ located in Woodstock‚ will also benefit from the participation and advice of Kennesaw State students.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for KSU students to learn how an actual theater operates‚” said Gay Grooms‚ artistic director for the Towne Lake Arts Center. “As a small‚ but vibrant theater‚ we're always looking for help. In fact‚ we hope the students can help us with performances‚ set design‚ administrative work and everything associated with a local theater.”
The training provided by the faculty of the department of theatre and performance studies ensures that the theater and dance students who assist at the arts center have a solid understanding of production‚ performance and design. The students also are well prepared to assist the arts center because of their work on the numerous productions presented by the department each semester.
“Our students study with several of Atlanta’s best directors and with internationally recognized designers‚ and they put their knowledge and creativity to work on KSU productions‚ but we always encourage them to also become involved in community and professional theater companies‚” said Joseph Meeks‚ dean of the College of the Arts. “Those experiences are invaluable for building their resumes and for helping them better understand the specific challenges faced by theater companies outside of the academy.”
Like other partnerships between the College of the Arts and various community organizations‚ the Towne Lake Partnership also promises to benefit the communities it serves.
“The result of our cooperative effort will not only help Kennesaw State and the Towne Lake Arts Center‚ it will also improve the cultural environment in Cherokee and Cobb counties‚” said Grooms‚ who has been teaching‚ writing‚ directing and performing around the country since the 1960s. She also had the opportunity to direct a five−year−old girl in her first onstage acting performance. That little girl is Hollywood star Dakota Fanning.
“Both Towne Lake Arts Center and the College of the Arts bring a lot of talent to this collaboration‚” Meeks said. “By working together‚ we can create programs and experiences that each of us could not produce on our own.”
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers close to 200 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the second-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 126 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.