Kennesaw State’s Ivan Pulinkala joins Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund Advisory Committee


Chairman of Department of Dance and Interim Dean of College of the Arts appointed to three-year…

Georgia (Jan 28, 2013)Chairman of Department of Dance and Interim Dean of College of the Arts appointed to three-year term

KENNESAW, Ga. (Jan. 28, 2013) – Ivan Pulinkala, interim dean of the College of the Arts at Kennesaw State University and chairman of the Department of Dance, has been appointed to a three-year term on the Advisory Committee of the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Inc. The Arts Fund helps to strengthen and stabilize small and midsized arts organizations in the Metro Atlanta region.

Nominated to the 14-member advisory committee comprised of major Atlanta arts leaders, corporate executives and philanthropists, Pulinkala will have the opportunity to work with many arts organizations in the metro Atlanta region.

“Dr. Pulinkala will be a great addition to the advisory committee,” said Lisa Cremin, the fund’s director. “He is a visionary who brings much creative energy at a time when arts organizations are reinventing and collaborating. He will be a valuable asset.”

Pulinkala said, “I am looking forward to serving the Atlanta arts community through my work on this advisory committee, and I am pleased to have the opportunity to interface with arts organizations beyond the field of dance. The Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund has served 74 Atlanta area arts organizations with 202 grants totaling $8.5 million over the past 18 years. This fund is the lifeblood of the arts in our community.”

Pulinkala added, “Kennesaw State University’s College of the Arts is a vibrant community of artists and scholars who are very much engaged and connected with our community. This relationship adds another thread to the connections that I know will serve both the University and the community.”

About Ivan Pulinkala

Ivan Pulinkala is a contemporary choreographer living and working in Atlanta. Originally from New Delhi, India, Pulinkala moved to the United States in 1998 to pursue a Master of Fine Arts degree in dance. He began his professional training and choreographic career in India, where he served as the artistic director of his own company from 1994-1998. Pulinkala served as the choreographer-in-residence for the Delhi Music Theatre for five years and was named among the 25 Indian artists of the Millennium by India Today Magazine in its December 1999 issue.

Currently serving as interim dean of the College of the Arts, Pulinkala is the founding chair of the Department of Dance at Kennesaw State University. The Department of Dance is distinguished by the five model community partnerships he developed with the Atlanta Ballet, gloATL, Dance Canvas, the Cobb Energy Centre and the Rialto Center for the Arts. Pulinkala travels nationally and internationally, choreographing and teaching dance. His work has been commissioned for concert dance (modern and contemporary ballet), musical theater, as well as corporate and commercial film.

Pulinkala received his doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Alabama. His dissertation "Partnering for Change in Dance Higher Education" was an empirical case study evaluation of community engagement partnerships between collegiate dance programs and professional dance companies. He was a founding member of both the Engage KSU initiative and the KSU chapter of Imagining America.



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