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SUBJECT: Memorial’s School of Music to host conference of Canadian Association of Fine Arts Deans

DATE: Sept. 28

Partnerships within Newfoundland and Labrador’s fine arts circles and their seeming ability to make something beautiful with very few resources will be front and centre at the annual general meeting of the Canadian Association of Fine Arts Deans.

Hosted by Memorial’s School of Music, the conference, which will take place Thursday, Sept. 30 to Sunday, Oct. 3, will give the School of Music in St. John’sand Grenfell College’s Division of Fine Arts in Corner Brook an opportunity to showcase the extraordinary achievements their faculties have made in the province, in Canada and beyond.

"Bringing the deans of fine arts from across Canada to Newfoundland gives us the opportunity to show off the extraordinary partnerships the university-based artists have made across our province with community, educational and government agencies,” said Dr. Tom Gordon, director of the university’s School of Music and 2004 CAFAD conference host. “The dynamic connections that we in Newfoundland share across all sectors of the fine arts communities offer a real model of economy of resources producing a maximal result through collaboration.”

Memorial’s School of Music is currently a heavy construction zone with ongoing renovations to its premier concert venue, the D. F. Cook Hall, and the construction of the new Petro-Canada wing. Therefore the majority of conference meetings will be held off campus, at the MasonicTemple at 6 Cathedral Streetin St. John’s. A complete agenda of conference activities follows.

Delegates will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities, including:

  • witness the highlights of a 52-performance tour of elementary schools last spring in which eight opera workshop students realized their first professional contracts performing Mozart’s Three Little Pigs for 8,000 first-time opera-goers

  • learn about student-mentoring partnerships between the university and professional, government and community organizations

  • see how Grenfell’s Division of Fine Arts has revitalized small communities across the island

Grenfell College’s head of Fine Arts, professor Ken Livingstone, agrees that the conference will be an excellent chance for Memorial to show off the creative jewels in its crown.

“Memorial University’s theatre and visual arts programs were the foundation of Grenfell College’s program offerings,” said Prof. Livingstone. “Today, these programs are providing the foundation for many communities which would otherwise be dying; these programs provide social action and economic transformation in rural communities.”

The Canadian Association of Fine Arts Deans (CAFAD) is a nationwide organization of more than 40 post-secondary fine arts faculties, institutions and other academic units. Its members meet at an annual general meeting, usually held in the fall, as well as a mini-meeting generally held during the annual meeting of the Canadian Learned Societies.


Thursday, Sept. 30

2-5 p.m. Conference registration / reception — main floor lobby, Delta Hotel. Executive meetings in Suite 1106, Delta Hotel

5:15-7 p.m. City of St. John’s reception for CAFAD Members, Anna Templeton Centre — 278 Duckworth Street [a 10-minute walk from the hotel — meet at the registration desk at 5 p.m. to stroll over together]

One of Canada’s most vibrant cultural cities, St. John’s, Newfoundland, will host a reception for CAFAD delegates at one of its cultural resource outlets, the Anna Templeton Centre on Duckworth Street. Share a cocktail and nibbles with the city’s cultural bureaucrats and learn more about what a small city can do with a big dedication to culture and heritage.

Evening free — Restaurant and city entertainment guides will be included in your registration packages

Friday, Oct. 1

8:45 a.m. Delegates to meet in hotel lobby for transfer to School of Music

9 a.m. Press conference and reception with the Honourable Liza Frulla, minister of Canadian Heritage and minister responsible for Status of Women

10:15 a.m. Transfer to Masonic Temple in downtown St. John’s

10:30 a.m. Welcome and conference opening, Anne E. Calvert, president, CAFAD conference news/schedule updates, Tom Gordon, conference host

10:40-11:50 a.m. Town and Gown Revisited

An exchange discussion looking at innovative collaborative projects between fine arts faculties and professional, government and community organizations providing mentorship and professional opportunities for students and vital links between university and community.

The Players Have Arrived!:Fish, Theatre and The Fine Arts in Outport Newfoundland. — Grenfell College’s Head of Fine Arts, Professor Ken Livingstone recounts the Lazarus-act that Gros Morne Theatre Festival and Rising Tide’s Summers-in-the-Bight have staged in the dying outports of Cow Head and Trinity, Newfoundland. Theatre as social action and economic transformation in rural communities.

I Love’s the Opera— Join Memorial students Sarah MacDonald and Robert Colbourne as they clock 7000 km across the island of Newfoundland, reviewing highlights of their 53-performance tour of elementary schools last spring. In five weeks they and six other opera workshop students realized their first professional contracts performing Mozart’s Three Little Pigs (!) for 6,000 first-time opera-goers. Thanks to a unique set of collaborations among government, university and community resources, the resultant chorus among grade-schoolers across the province was I love’s the opera.”

Twenty minutes will be reserved for discussion from the floor on innovative university/community initiatives, unexpected partnerships, opportunities for fine arts students and the challenges and rewards of working outside the university gate.

12-1:15 p.m. Tour: The Rooms

Newfoundland and Labrador’s new Provincial art gallery/museum/and public archives complex is the most commanding architectural landmark in a city of remarkable vistas. Perched literally at the top of the city, its post-modern architecture reminisces on the vernacular forms of outport fishing stations. Completed in the early summer of 2004, the opening of The Rooms has been delayed by one year due to provincial budgetary constraints. CAFAD members will be allowed a sneak preview with a guided tour led by the Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador’s new executive director, Gordon Laurin.

1:30-2:30 p.m. Downtown pub lunch

Duly famous for having more pubs per capita than any other city in North America, St. John’sreal secret is that those same pubs offer the best noon-time scoffs this side of heaven. Partake of a real St. John’s Friday tradition — two pieces ‘n’ a pint. The Duke of Duckworth is putting on a spread for us.

2:30-4:30 p.m. Be Careful What You Wish For

SSHRC’s new Research/Creation Program in the Fine Arts gets a year-one post-mortem with frank reflections from around the table. Panelists will include Craig McNaughton, SSHRC officer with responsibility for the Research/Creation program, Ann E. Calvert, 2004 jury chair and Professor Timothy Steeves, Memorial faculty member and an applicant from the first round of competition.

One hour to 75 minutes will be reserved for discussion from the floor. Please come prepared to share your experiences with and reflections on this important new program after its first year of operation.

8-9:30 p.m. Concert: MUN School of Music

(Taxi direction: “School of Music.” Seven minutes from hotel; about $8)

D. F. Cook Recital Hall on the Memorial Campus

St. John’s harpsichordist, Mary O’Keeffe, unveils her new Yves Beaupré Dulcken harpsichord in a concert of solo repertoire by Bach, Couperin, J.K.F. Fischer and Fortunato Chelleri. Vouchers for complimentary tickets are in delegate packages.

9:30 p.m. St. John’s nightlife

Everything’s within a 10-minute walk from the hotel. For the adventurous (or foolhardy) there’s the infamous George Street— St. John’s notorious wall of pubs. More relaxed tastes will find good jazz nightly at Grafenberg’s (Y-corner of New Gower / Duckworth / Queen’s Road). The traditional pub scene is at its best in the narrow north/south passageways between Duckworth and Water Streets. Musicians, artists, CBC-types (and lawyers) tend to gather at The Duke of Duckworth (McMurdo’s Lane). The traditional music crowd convenes further east at The Ship (Solomon’s Lane). Your city guide lists numerous other possibilities.

Saturday, Oct. 2

9:30 a.m. Conference news/schedule update, Dr Tom Gordon, director, MUN School of Music

9:40 a.m.-12 CAFAD roundtable

We’ll travel across the country with news from member institutions on fundraising situations, enrolment statistics and technology strategies (both getting it and supporting it). Come prepared with your institution’s challenges, success stories and supporting stats. And don’t be shy to brag about what’s right in your world. Of course, the roundtable welcomes all topics of interest to CAFAD members.

12-1:30 p.m. Lunch: Catered on site by the Duckstreet Bistro

1:30-3 p.m. CAFAD — 2004 Annual General Meeting

Agenda will be included in delegate’s packages. Previous AGM minutes and financial statements to be circulated at the meeting.

4-6 p.m. Cruise on the Scademia

(Descend to Harbour Drive. Ten minutes by foot from either the hotel or the Masonic Temple. The Scademia ticket office is in the new kiosks dockside directly opposite the Murray Premises. A block of tickets has been reserved for CAFAD delegates.)

A delightful cruise through old St. John’sHarbour, out the Narrows under the shadow of Signal Hill, round Blackhead and on to Cape Spear — the easternmost point in North America. Stunning views of the coast and a taste of the North Atlantic on this comfortable replica of a 19th century fishing schooner. Reservations must be booked and paid no later than noon on October 1st to confirm your place on this tour.

Evening free or

8-9:30 p.m. Concert: MUN School of Music

(Taxi direction: “School of Music.” Seven minutes from hotel; about $8)

D. F. Cook Recital Hall on the Memorial Campus

St. John’s harpsichordist, Mary O’Keeffe, further celebrates the arrival of her new harpsichord, joined by musicians from the MUN School of Music and the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra in works by J. S. Bach, Blavet, Telemann and a concerto for harpsichord and string ensemble. Vouchers for complimentary tickets are in delegate packages.

10 p.m. A reception follows the concert in Suite1106 of the Delta

St. John’s. All CAFAD delegates are invited.

Sunday, Oct. 3

10 a.m. Executive meeting

Delta St. John’s, Suite1006

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For more information, please contact Dr. Tom Gordon, director, Schoolof Music, MemorialUniversity, telephone (709)737-7486, e-mail


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