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School for the Contemporary Arts fonds Sub-series
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Departmental correspondence - general

Series consists of the Director's correspondence relating to general departmental matters not falling under a more specific category. Activities and topics documented include use of facilities, visiting faculty and artists, special events and receptions, faculty and student relations, course preparation, enrollment, and the Mini University program. Records include correspondence, department-wide memoranda, and reports.

Departmental correspondence - Art Gallery

This series consists of the Director's correspondence with the Art Gallery during the period when the Gallery reported to the Director. Activities and events documented include exhibits, acquisitions, budget planning and funding, position work responsibilities, and space planning. Records include correspondence, reports and statistics (including Annual Reports for 1981 and 1982 in files 6 and 7 respectively), acquisition lists, media releases, exhibit schedules, policies, presentations, and job descriptions.

Departmental correspondence - Visual Art program

This series consists of the Director's correspondence relating to the administration of the Visual Art program. Activities and topics documented include the establishment of the program, curriculum and policy development, management of Visual Art facilities, job responsibilities, equipment management, and budget planning. Records include correspondence and reports; budget papers; course and program proposals and descriptions; job descriptions; and agreements and legal opinions.

Departmental correspondence - Film program

This series consists of the Director's correspondence relating to the administration of the Film program. Activities and topics documented include the establishment of the program, curriculum and policy development, faculty relations, meetings of the Film Area committee, budget planning, screenings and distribution of student film productions, the establishment of the Praxis Institute, student exchange programs, and equipment management. Records include correspondence, reports, program proposals, course descriptions, meeting agendas and minutes, budget papers, film schedules and descriptions, and reference material.

University correspondence

Series consists of the Director's correspondence with other university departments. Activities and topics documented include development of the Arts Administration program within Continuing Studies, Faculty of Education meetings (reflecting the earlier Centre's administrative placement within this Faculty), reviews of program proposals by the University of British Columbia (included in correspondence with the Vice-President, Academic), the support campaign for the School (then the Centre for the Arts) in the face of large budget cuts in 1984-85, the School's participation in the university's Prison Education Program, and a study of the university Library's support of contemporary arts. Records include correspondence, reports, proposals, budgets and budget working papers, notes, bibliographies, CVs, mailing lists, questionnaires, reprints and other reference material.

Course guides

Series consists of the Course Guides published semiannually by the School, typically one for the fall and spring semesters (semesters 3 and 1) and one for the summer semester (semester 2). The Guides describe the School, its programs and the courses offered.

Newsletters

Sub-series consists of newsletters created by the School and its predecessors; includes the student newsletter Horse Sheet (1969), the Centre for the Arts newsletter (1982), the School for Contemporary Arts Newsletter (SCAN, 1996-1998), and the Praxis Centre newsletter (1997-1999).

Summer Symposium files

This sub-series consists of records relating to the planning, organization and delivery of the Summer Symposiums. Activities documented include planning, development of workshop content, student evaluation of the program, and final reporting. Records include correspondence, reports, meeting minutes, schedules and outlines, budgets and financial working papers, evaluation forms.

Summer Institute files

This sub-series consists of records relating to the planning, organization and delivery of the Summer Institutes. Activities documented include planning, funding, hiring of instructors, publicity and media relations, development of workshop content, review and reporting. Records include program descriptions, schedules and reading lists, correspondence, proposals, meeting minutes, reports, budgets and financial papers, funding proposals and grant applications, letters of appointments, invoices, cheque requisition forms, expense statements, media releases, programs and flyers.

Dido and Aeneas opera files

Sub-series consists of records relating to the production and performance of the opera Dido and Aeneas by the English composer Henry Purcell. Activities documented include production design, financing, program and score, and publicity. Records include set and costume design sketches, rehearsal schedules, stage plans, stage lighting schedules, event summary form, financial ledger, vocal and full score (publications), program book, photographs slides and negatives of rehearsals and performance (file 7), publicity photos (file 8), media releases, and press clippings.

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