P. O. BOX 2120
March 28, 1997


TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Richard T. La Pointe
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Summer Arts Conservatory at Radford University

     The Summer Arts Conservatory at Radford University is
  sponsored by the College of Visual and Performing Arts in
  collaboration with the Virginia Department of Education. 
  Offering a variety of intensive arts programs, the
  conservatory is open to students as young as 13 years of age
  through college or university level.  In selected areas,
  study is available to advanced professionals/educators.

     The 1997 Conservatory will offer one-week programs in
  dance, theatre, animation, silk-screen printing, madrigal
  singing, percussion, and classical guitar.  Most areas will
  feature a guest artist/clinician and each area will
  emphasize individual and small group instruction. 
  Participants will take full advantage of the outstanding
  performing arts facilities at Radford University.  Numerous
  opportunities for interdisciplinary and high-technology
  applications in the fine arts will also be provided. 
  Computer and digital technology applications in the arts
  will be explored in special sessions conducted by the Center
  for Media Arts Technology.

     The purpose of the Summer Arts Conservatory is to allow
  any arts student intensive study at a professional level in
  his/her respective art form.  Radford University's College
  of Visual and Performing Arts and the Virginia Department of
  Education recognize the need and importance of creating
  alternative programs that provide and enhance quality arts
  education at the secondary level.  This program provides
  equal opportunity and access to the arts for every child and
  prepares students to be future arts producers and consumers.

     The Summer Arts Conservatory will be held Sunday, July
  6, 1997, through Saturday July 12, 1997.  The cost is
  $350.00, which includes tuition, room (double occupancy in
  the RU residence halls), all meals in the University dining
  facilities, recreation, and supplies.

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     Program information will be distributed to the field by
  April 11, 1997.  For more information, please contact
  Cheryle C. Gardner, specialist of fine arts at 804/225-2881
  or contact:

               Summer Arts Conservatory at Radford University
               Dr. Joseph Scartelli, Dean
               College of Visual and Performing Arts
               Radford University
               Radford, Virginia  24142
               Phone:    540/831-5265
               FAX:      540-831-6313.