Foundation Honors UC Riverside Arts Program

The Max H. Gluck Foundation applauds outreach to students, seniors and families

Camilla Townsend, Christine Leapman, Erika Suderburg

Camilla Townsend, executive director of the Max H. Gluck Foundation (left), presents a framed print by Sister Mary Corita Kent to Christine Leapman, coordinator of the UCR Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts (center), and Erika Suderburg, Gluck program director, in recognition of more than 15 years of community arts outreach.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — The University of California, Riverside Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts was recognized by the Max H. Gluck Foundation for more than 15 years of successful collaboration at the organization’s annual dinner on Oct. 13.

Board President Jon Kaswick presented a framed print by Sister Mary Corita Kent to Erika Suderburg, director of the Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts; Christine Leapman, program coordinator; and Shaun Bowler, associate dean of the UCR College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.

“Teachers always tell us how much it means to their schools and how grateful they are that we are able to influence the lives of their children in ways they are unable to because of funding,” Leapman said. “Some people say that if kids can’t read they don’t have time for art. But teachers tell us that art lights up parts of the brain that typical classroom activities do not. Every year more schools want to be part of the Gluck program. They recognize that UC Riverside is a shining star for the aspirations of their students.”

In addition to providing arts education that integrates other learning activities — such as physical education or dance instruction that incorporates geography lessons — students whose families are unfamiliar with the college experience meet people from UCR, making the idea of going to a university more accessible, she added.

“We are grateful to the Gluck foundation for its continued support of this unique arts outreach program,” Leapman said. “The arts programming the Gluck fellows have brought to the Inland Empire for more than 15 years is driven by a core belief that open access to the arts is one of the fundamental components of healthy communities.”

Also recognized for their longtime relationships with the Gluck Foundation were the San Diego Opera, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, UCLA School of Arts and Architecture, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

The Max H. Gluck Foundation is a private family foundation established in 1982 to support arts and education programs implemented by other nonprofit organizations that reach out to underserved communities.

At UC Riverside, Gluck fellows provide free performances and workshops to people of all ages in the Inland Empire, in schools, community centers, libraries, senior centers, and downtown Riverside museums. Outreach efforts are organized into three categories: Traveling Performance Ensembles, which include the traveling Children’s Theatre and music ensembles; Individual Fellow Classroom Workshops, where fellows develop a hands-on curriculum related to their areas of specialization, but appropriate for the grade level of the schools; and UCR Campus Open and Invitational Events, including the Gluck Day of the Arts and Gluck Summer Camps. Gluck fellows also offer family learning activities at UCR’s ARTSblock in downtown Riverside on Family Funday on the first Sunday of every month, and city of Riverside’s monthly First Thursday ARTSwalk.

A new outreach project is MoveMore, a 10-week program of dance activities for students designed to take a positive approach to the childhood obesity crisis. Fellows direct dance and movement classes that build confidence through engaging activities that transmit knowledge and acceptance of the body. The program is designed to take advantage of the way artistic practice involves all aspects of the person regardless of body type.

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Additional Contacts

Erika Suderburg, Gluck program director
Tel: (951) 827-2685

Christine Leapman, Gluck program coordinator
Tel: (951) 827-5739

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