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TUCSON, Az (October 08, 2013) - The University of Arizona Foundation (UAF) has awarded the UA Poetry Center with a $7000 Community Connections Grant in support of the Poetry Center's 2013-14 Reading and Lecture Series. The grant will be used to directly offset the expenses of hosting visiting writers and producing outreach events during their visits. "This grant is a great show of support in the work of the Poetry Center," said Executive Director Tyler Meier. "It underscores the important role that language-based arts experiences play in our community. Poetry is a particular and distinct form of communication that examines the capacity and possibilities of language. Strong communication skills are critical in our increasingly complicated and interconnected world."
ABOUT THE READING & LECTURE SERIES
The Reading and Lecture Series is one of the Poetry Center’s primary vehicles for community engagement. For over fifty years, the Series has been offering readings by nationally known poets (including Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winners), lectures by UA faculty and distinguished visiting scholars, and outreach events at which Arizona youth and adults share their creative work and are celebrated for their achievements. The Series successfully serves many communities: Southern Arizona readers, writers, and lifelong learners; K–12 students; and the university community. Approximately 20 events are presented in the Series each year, with the majority of events being free and open to the public. Historical recordings from over six hundred visiting poets--spanning the last fifty years of the Reading Series--are featured in our online audio-visual archive, voca (www.voca.arizona.edu).
ABOUT THE COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS GRANTS
UAF Community Connections Grants fund university proposals for exemplary, innovative projects that connect the University of Arizona to the community. Grants are funded by donors to the University of Arizona Foundation.
More information can be obtained on their website: https://vpr.arizona.edu/ccg/
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