The Frostburg State University Cultural Events Series is now included in the prestigious Mid Atlantic Jazz Touring Network, a program of the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation.
The Network is designed to increase the number of venues presenting jazz in the region, extend touring routes for jazz artists into underserved areas and enable presenters to create infrastructures in their communities that will support and sustain jazz programming. Each year, the Foundation selects six to eight presenters to participate in a comprehensive, three-year training process.
William Mandicott, CES Advisory Board chair and assistant vice president of Student and Educational Services at FSU, was selected to participate in this year's program. He will attend two sessions per year over a three-year period on topics that will assist FSU in advancing jazz programming in the local community. Session topics will include audience development, jazz programming, corporate sponsorship, promotion and partnerships with schools and community groups. Faculty for the sessions will be jazz artists, presenters, educators and representatives of the media, all working in the jazz industry.
The addition of recurrent jazz programming to the CES calendar has been an emergent goal throughout the past several seasons. The Mid-Atlantic Jazz Touring grant will help CES in reaching its goals with the opportunity for consistent jazz performance in conjunction with the ongoing efforts of local arts councils, the Cumberland Jazz Society, Tri State Big Bands, the Potomac State Jazz Band, the FSU Jazz Ensemble and the Kauffman Guest Artist Jazz Series, as well as ongoing jazz programming on WFWM-FM, FSU's listener-supported radio station. Insight and information gained as part of the touring program will be shared with these and other regional presenters.
More information about the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation and the Jazz Touring Network can be found online at http://www.midatlanticarts.org. For more information about FSU's Cultural Events Series, visit the Web site at http://ces.frostburg.edu.