Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Thanks to the generous support of the community for the “Live Art at the Townsend Center” series, three University of West Georgia fine arts students will benefit from academic scholarships.
P.J. Younglove Hovey was the driving force behind the series, so the Live Art committee members named the scholarship program in her honor and announced it prior to the performance by the Chicago Jazz Ensemble staring Jon Faddis.
The P.J. Younglove Hovey Live Art Scholarship will provide $500 to an art major, music major and theater major. Each recipient must be a junior or senior in their respective program of study.
“I am thrilled with the scholarships for art, music and theatre to be given in my name. There is nothing that could have touched me more,” Hovey said. “I believe so much that the arts are an integral part of our lives. They lift our spirits, enrich our lives, and define our civilization.”
Live Art at the Townsend Center premiered in 2008 with a performance by Ballet Memphis. The purpose of the annual series is to increase artistic opportunities for UWG and the Carrollton community. Several dozen community members serve as volunteers on the committees that coordinate the event which includes a public service component such as workshops with the artists.
“Our hopes for Live Art have been to plant the seeds for expanding quality arts experiences, and a great party as well, on the campus of the University of West Georgia,” Hovey said. “The dream is to grow this into several outstanding performances a year; to expand the ‘season’ of the Townsend Center; to bring the community onto the campus, and to come full circle by benefiting the students who are committed to a life in the arts.”
Dr. Don Rice, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, is pleased that the scholarship provides assistance for three fine arts programs.
“The College of Arts and Sciences appreciates greatly the establishment the Live Arts Scholarship. This sends a clear signal as to the importance of the role the arts play in our curriculum and our community. More importantly, our students are the beneficiaries,” Rice concluded.