May 22, 2013
For Immediate Release
Assistant Secretary/Assistant Treasurer
The Semans Art Fund, Inc.
THE SEMANS ART FUND, INC. AWARDS GRANTS TOTALING $120,350
TO UNCSA STUDENTS AND DEANS
At its recent annual meeting, the Board of Directors of The Semans Art Fund, Inc. awarded grants totaling $120,350 to students and arts schools of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) for projects taking place during this summer and academic year 2013-2014.
Matthew C. Harris, of San Diego, California, President of the Board of Directors, announced the awards. Discretionary and special project grants totaling $60,000 were awarded to the deans of the arts schools – Dance, Design and Production, Drama, Filmmaking and Music. Forty-one students received grants totaling $51,350 for various projects, including internships, summer workshops and international programs.
In addition, two special grants were awarded: $5,000 to the School of Filmmaking for student internships at the American Pavilion Cannes Film Festival and $4,000 to the Artistic Mission Trip to Haiti. This project will take ten UNCSA high school students to Haiti this summer, where they will be collaborating on art projects with children in a Port au Prince orphanage. The musicians, dancers and visual artists are completing the 10th, 11th and 12th grades, and have studied civics, economics and government with Jonathan Milner, who is leading the trip.
The Semans Art Fund, Inc. was established in 1977 through the generosity of Dr. and Mrs. James H. Semans of Durham, NC, co-founders of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Since its inception, the Fund has awarded more than $2 million to UNCSA students, arts deans and special projects.