Grants Support Veterans Center Opening,
Music and Art Kinetic Project

The Schoolcraft College Foundation provided financial support for two very different happenings at the college in 2014—the grand opening of the Veteran’s Resource Center, located in the McDowell Center on campus, and the unique Music and Art Kinetic Installation Project , a collaboration of art and music classes.

Veterans CenterThe new Veterans Resource Center provides a variety of services to military members and veterans who are prospective or current students. These services include assistance with the VA educational benefits application process, planning a program of study in accordance with Schoolcraft and VA policies and guidelines and acting as a liaison between the veteran and the VA, to name a few. A $3,400 grant from the Schoolcraft College Foundation helped fund the purchase of artwork for the new Veterans Resource Center, host a luncheon and celebration for all student, staff and faculty veterans on Veterans Day (November 11) and purchase shirts for students in the newly created Student Veterans Club.Veterans Center

The Music and Art Kinetic Installation project, funded with a $4,300 grant, represented a rare cross-disciplinary activity for Schoolcraft art and music students and provided an opportunity for them to be creative in a high-tech environment and share their creative efforts with the entire campus. This was a Fall 2014 semester collaboration project among students from Professor Sarah Olson’s Painting class and Professor Barton Polot’s Synthesizer Ensemble.

Music and Art Kinetic ProjectDuring the course, the painting and music students worked together to create an improvisational, kinetic work. After several plenary meetings, a process took form; each music student would compose a short 30-second piece based on a color featured in one of the four panels jointly created by the painting students.

Polot said this project highlights the concept of synesthesia, where a sensation is produced in one modality when a stimulus is applied to another modality, as when a certain sound induces the visualization of a specific color.Music and Art Kinetic Project

The students were supplied basic construction materials for the project, such as lumber, piping, fabric, lighting, computer and audio technology, wiring and other miscellaneous hardware. They then had a $500 budget that was used for purchasing other items for their installation.

The kinetic component occurred when the composed music activates the lights installed within the rectangular, welded structure. The lights, in turn, activate the colors painted on the transparent Plexiglas Music and Art Kinetic Projectpanels. The sounds and rhythms in each musical composition bring the colors to life when they appear to change in response to the music. Once the project was planned, the
students had two months to devote to the creation and construction of the installation. The installation was assembled and installed November 18, 2014 in the VisTaTech Center and remained in place on the campus for a week to allow other students to enjoy this unique project’s results.


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