VO!CE JOLLY GOOD FELLOWS
The Juilliard School
CALL IT A FULL BOAT that hits a high note. Thanks to a $60 million gift — the largest one-time donation in the school’s history — 25 classical music students at New York’s Juilliard School of Music will receive fellowships that cover the full cost of attendance (including tuition, room and board and an annual stipend for enrichment and development activities). By 2018, the Kovner Fellowship Program, named for donors Bruce and Suzie Kovner, will serve up to 52 undergraduate and graduate students annually. Pianist Emanuel Ax, a Juilliard alumnus and current faculty member, says, “The prospect of seeing these hugely talented young people have the luxury of focusing on their studies and musical growth is absolutely thrilling. I am overwhelmed by the generosity and thoughtfulness of this gift and can only express to Bruce and Suzie deep gratitude on behalf of the many wonderful kids whose lives this will change.” While the fellowship program is the primary focus of the Kovners’ donation, a portion of the gift will be allocated to sustain general scholarship levels for all students across the three Juilliard divisions of dance, drama and music. Reinforcing and expanding Juilliard’s scholarship support is a significant component of the school’s strategic plan. IA
SERVING THOSE WHO SERVE HOW CAN ARTISTS and arts organizations help U.S. troops? By doing the work they already do. That’s the finding of Arts, Health and Well-Being across the Military Continuum, a white paper and action plan that recognizes and promotes the role of the arts in health and healing for service members. It was released in November by the National Initiative for Arts & Health in the Military. The initiative, co-chaired by Americans for the Arts and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, launched in 2012 as a result of a national dialogue among leaders in the arts, military and health care. It brings together federal agencies, military, nonprofit and private sector members to explore how arts engagement can address key health issues that members of the U.S. military face — from pre-deployment to deployment to homecoming. “One might ask, ‘What has art got to do with it?’” Rear Adm. Alton L. Stocks of Walter Reed Bethesda writes in the paper’s introduction. 32 INSIDE ARTS
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