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CSU Summer Arts to Extend at Fresno State

(January 21, 2005) -- California State University Summer Arts is pleased announce that Fresno State will continue as the host campus for its annual festival through the 2010 season.

Fresno State’s facilities and support from the community were two powerful reasons why the contract was extended. Since the summer of 1999, Summer Arts’ first year in residence at Fresno State, many of the festival’s public events have taken place in community venues such as the Tower Theatre, Fresno Art Museum, Arte Americas, the Starline Theatre, and most recently the First Congregational Church of Fresno.

Summer Arts workshops have also moved their classroom activities off-campus, working with local hospitals, juvenile detention centers, and Fresno-area middle schools.

“The cooperation and support from the campus and the community that we’ve had in the past will only continue in to the future,” said Jim Spalding, CSU director of Summer Arts.

CSU Summer Art celebrates its 20th anniversary season in July 2005, and will feature workshops taught by and public events featuring world-renowned guest artists such as The Joe Goode Performance Group, The Alexander String Quartet, Kannon Dance Company of Russia, Amakhosi Theatre Company of Zimbabwe, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and Eliot Fisk.

When asked about her reaction to Summer Arts’ continuation at Fresno State, Vida Samiian, acting dean of Fresno State’s College of Arts and Humanities, said: “We are absolutely delighted to host Summer Arts for another five years. Summer Arts adds a new dimension of art and culture to our community.”

Summer Arts 2005 runs Sunday, June 26, through Saturday, July 23, and will feature guest artist public events and student culminating events throughout the month. Information about the specific workshops being offered and the public events calendar can be found at www.csusummerarts.org.

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Last Updated: January 21, 2005

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