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Donor anonymously transformed the lives of UGA students

Cora Nunnally Miller anonymously gave more than $33 million to the University of Georgia Foundation throughout her lifetime and granted permission for the university to share her name only after her death. Her last gift, a bequest of $17 million made at her passing in July 2015, will have a transformational effect across the university. The Hugh Hodgson School of Music is the major beneficiary of Miller's bequest and will receive $9 million, the largest gift ever made to the Hugh Hodgson School of Music. Miller, who was a passionate advocate for the arts, was the stepdaughter of Hugh Hodgson, a nationally recognized musician and educator who was the first chair of UGA's music department and one of the most significant supporters of music…


Art Rocks Athens 2014

Athens, Georgia is well known for its vibrant music scene. What is less known, however, is that artists from the era of 1975-85 gave rise to the music, and then their music went on to influence the art. Art Rocks Athens Foundation, a non-profit organization, was formed to explore and document that time period, and to present a retrospective of the work of artists who were living and making art in the vortex of creativity that centered on Athens. Through the conservation of both artworks and music-related artifacts, Art Rocks Athens Foundation seeks to make a verifiable record of this history and its lasting importance to the town so many people love. On May 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014, UGA Special Collections Libraries will host the Art…


“Peering Into the Musical Brain” unravels mysteries of musicians’ minds

The Jane and Harry Willson Center for Humanities and Arts will present “Peering Into the Musical Brain,” a lecture reviewing years of musician-centered neurological studies, on Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Edge Recital Hall of the Hugh Hodgson School of Music. The lecture, presented by Donald Hodges of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, is free and open to the public. The presentation represents two decades of work by Hodges, whose career has focused on understanding what happens in the minds of musicians when they perform, study and listen to music. The lecture will include a variety of musical examples spanning from Baroque to contemporary pop. Hodges has authored more than 140 publications…


Take 5 — President Michael F. Adams on the performing arts

FROM GEORGIA MAGAZINE, SEPTEMBER 2012 Q: Why are the performing arts important to a national research 1 institution? A: The performing arts are important at a place like this because they greatly enhance the social and cultural life of a great university. The arts also implicitly encourage students, faculty, staff and administrators to pose and ponder big questions. Western culture is in many ways embodied in the messages of music and art and drama and dance. Q: In your opinion does having the arts at UGA improve the quality of the Athens community? A: It’s not accidental that this community is on virtually every list of great places to live for everyone from Millennials to retirees. A great part of that is the cultural life here in Athens.…

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