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24th Annual High School Art Exhibition | University of Idaho Library Open House | Stormy Weather: Women in Jazz | The Collision of Science and Art | Jazzy Drawing | When the U.S. Jazzmen went to Rio | What Might Be Living in My Instrument | Enter New Worlds | Making Stringed Instruments | Jazz and Its Critics | Making Waves with Music | Protecting the Music | Math and the Musical Scale

The University of Idaho is a leading research university in the West and nation, and a first choice for aspiring leaders around the world. In fact, Newsweek magazine placed Idaho in its 2012 national edition of “Best Colleges for You.” With globally competitive learning opportunities in a student-centered environment and remarkable outdoor surroundings, it’s easy to see why. Our alumni are leaders worldwide in business, public service, science, the arts and more.

At the University of Idaho, students don’t just learn about what’s happening in the world, they get out into the world
to make things happen. Students volunteer 150,000 hours annually to service projects like building orphanages in Peru, revitalizing rural towns, or developing online learning tools for children in Taiwan. These efforts helped earn the University
of Idaho a spot on the U.S. President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition for community service and engagement.

UI students come from all 50 states, 86 countries, The District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Enrollment is currently 11,534, including 1,060 students taking classes at the UI Centers off the Moscow campus.

*Time and locations can be found in College Workshop Calendar.


TAC - 24th Annual High School Art Exhibition 
Join us for the statewide annual High School Art Exhibition sponsored by University of Idaho’s Art and Design Program. This year's theme, Human Rights Aesthetic, addresses the diversity of race, religion, income, geography, hopes and dreams of the inhabitants of our complex global world. It is through the arts that we can connect with those dreams, understand our similarities and appreciate global culture and history. Come and see how students interpreted the theme in this year's competition!

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TAC - University of Idaho Library Open House
The University of Idaho Library is home to the University of Idaho International Jazz Collections, considered one of the world’s significant jazz archives. Formally established at the University in 2000 with Lionel Hampton’s papers and photographs, the International Jazz Collections merged into the UI Library’s Special Collections & Archives in 2007.  Selected artifacts from the collections will be featured in display cases on the library’s main floor throughout the Festival. The library is open from 8:00am – midnight on Wednesday and Thursday, and 8:00am – 8:00pm on Friday and Saturday.

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IH - Stormy Weather: Women in Jazz
This workshop will feature Lysa Salsbury, Director of the University of Idaho's Women's Center, discussing the some of the challenges and triumphs of the women who helped shaped the evolution of Jazz. It will also include an overview of the University Library’s International Jazz Collection, and its value to musicians, music historians, musicologists and others in conducting research. Garth Reese, Head of Special Collections and Archives for the library, will discuss the types of materials in the collections and how the library came to acquire them.

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TAC - The Collision of Science and Art
What happens when you ask an Engineer how to inspire a football team – and excite the audience at the same time? That’s what Bob Rinker of UI’s Computer Science Department found out last year when the UI Marching Band went looking for some sparkle and shine! Drop in on this informative session and find out from Dr. Rinker how interdisciplinary collaboration, a couple engineers, and a few dozen LEDs made beautiful music together.

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TAC - Jazzy Drawing
Participants in the Jazzy Drawing workshop will have the opportunity to look at, judge and create art, get a chance to view the University of Idaho Annual Statewide High School Art Exhibition, and vote for the people's choice award! They will receive a Jazz festival button for voting. Workshop participants will also have an opportunity to learn about some of the visual artists who were inspired by Jazz music and use a variety of drawing materials to interpret and respond to jazz music in a studio environment. They will receive their own sketchbooks at the workshop.

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IH - When the U.S. Jazzmen went to Rio, fell in love with Brazil, and came back with Bossa Nova
U.S. jazz filtered into Brazil from the 1940s, including the sounds of Charlie Parker, Chet Baker and Jerry Mulligan. Throughout the following decade, creative Brazilian musicians blended traditional beats such as samba with variants of jazz to form Bossa nova (loosely translated as “new trend”). First composed by the poets Vinicius de Moraes and Tom Jobim, Bossa nova became widely popular throughout Brazil. A key moment in this remarkable history is when a group of U.S. musicians visited Rio de Janeiro during a diplomatic tour in 1961, and upon their return to the United States they began recording Bossa nova songs. The musical world has never been the same!

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TAC - What Might Be Living In My Instrument?
Why are people who play wind instruments at greater risk for chronic sore throats? Did you know that a musician caught a deadly fungal virus from his bagpipes? How is it possible for organisms to live in musical instruments, and what types of organisms are they? Stop by to see examples of what might be living in your instruments and to learn how to keep your instruments safe.

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TAC - Enter New Worlds: Virtual Reality, Creativity and Design in Idaho
The College of Art and Architecture’s Sam Miller will be hosting an inspiring immersive and educational event featuring some of the many digital and interactive tools students use to design games, visualizations and simulations. He’ll demonstrate Oculus Rift, a tool used for operating or navigating virtual worlds such as game environments. Digital artist tools will be used to create characters, landscapes, and assets for entertainment and games.

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TAC/HO - Making Stringed Instruments: What Kind of Wood (and Why!)
Tom Gorman from the College of Natural Resources Renewable Materials program will host Mike Boeck and Steve Weill, Idaho instrument makers, who will show how they choose the wood to make violins, mandolins, and acoustic guitars, how the components are assembled, and what it takes to result in a great acoustic sound. Also included will be a recently-completed stand-up bass that features a soundboard made with Englemann spruce from Idaho; come hear its sound!

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TAC/IH - Jazz and its Critics
In this one-hour session, participants will look at the role of the music critic and explore how critics write and make artistic judgments about jazz. Writers to be discussed include Leonard Feather, Nat Hentoff, Whitney Balliett and Gary Giddins as well as younger critics like Ben Ratliff and Nate Chinen. The discussion will also explore how the changing media landscape has affected arts criticism. Jon Ross has been a contributing writer for Downbeat magazine since 2008 and is a graduate of University of Idaho.

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TAC - Making Waves With Music
Have you ever seen a sound wave? UI Physics Professors Christine Berven and Marty Ytreberg will use fun demonstrations to show how physicists explore the science of sound and how the effects of sound can be made visible.

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TAC - Protecting the Music: Jazz and International Affairs
It is complicated enough to protect the cultural heritage of humanity when there is something physical to safeguard. The Taj Mahal? Chichen Itza? The Great Barrier Reef? All challenging, but tangible and relatively straightforward to protect. But what about cultural heritage that is intangible in nature, especially ones with an element of improvisation that change not just over time but from performance to performance? Jazz demonstrates the challenges faced by the global community in working through the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization to protect Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH).

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TAC - Math and the Musical Scale
A scale is simply a division of the octave into steps. How to do that division is a math problem, and the answer has some unexpected (and entertaining) mathematical twists! You might be surprised to see that there are simple mathematical explanations for some of the things you've noticed about playing music. UI Math Professors Mark Nielsen and Rob Ely will help make sense of it all.

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