Daemen College Receives Grant From The George I. Alden Trust


George I. Alden Trust Awards Daemen College $100,000 for New Visual and Performing Arts Center



March 8, 2011 


Contact:  Mike Andrei

                 Director-College Relations




           The George I. Alden Trust has awarded Daemen College a grant of $100,000 for its new Visual & Performing Arts Center.


           The Center will bring the students and faculty of the Department for the Visual and Performing Arts together in one campus location. It will magnify the place of the arts at Daemen College, providing classrooms, work spaces, performance spaces, and art history resources to help students master their creative talents and develop a deeper understanding of the role of the arts in our contemporary world. Expected to open in the winter of 2012-13, the new Visual & Performing Arts Center will also stay true to the proud tradition and vision of the Sisters of St. Francis, founders of the former Rosary Hill College, now Daemen College.


            “Daemen College would like to extend its sincere appreciation to The George I. Alden Trust for providing the College with a grant of $100,000 toward the creation of a new Visual & Performing Arts Center,” said Daemen President Dr. Martin J. Anisman.  


           “The Center will provide a multi-disciplinary arts education for Daemen students, offering opportunities to explore artistic, cultural, and creative expression through an expanded, multi-faceted program. We are pleased that The George I. Alden Trust has found this project worthy of funding support.”


           Daemen College is undergoing a capital project to substantially renovate the former Marian Library to become a distinctive, energy-efficient, Visual & Performing Arts Center.  The Center’s site, a 55 year old building located in the center of the Daemen campus, served as the College’s library until January of 2009, when the Research and Information Commons (RIC) opened. A $15 million, 45,000 square foot structure, the RIC received Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) designation from the U.S. Green Building Council and won an American Institute of Architects (AIA) New England Design Award.  


           With over $1.2 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy and additional funding and incentives from NYSERDA, Daemen is transforming the heating and cooling systems of this inefficient building by installing geothermal technologies.  In keeping with its commitment to sustainability, the College will strive for LEED certification for the Center, the level to be determined.    


           The Center will support the education of students who major in the arts as well as those who take courses in the arts; in fall 2010, 110 Daemen students majored in arts.  Daemen College awards the following arts degrees:  BFA, Graphic Design; BS, Art; BFA, Applied Design; BFA Art (Painting, Sculpture, Drawing/Illustration); BS, Visual Arts Education (Pre K-12); BS, Arts Administration; and MS, Arts Administration.   Minors are Art History; Graphic Design; Painting; Sculpture; Balanced Art; Art, Illustration; and Theatre Arts. In addition, Daemen is currently developing a new major in animation, a growing field. 


           Since 1991, the generous support of The George I. Alden Trust, located in Worcester, MA, has been critical to providing academic opportunities for Daemen students.  The Trust has supported the construction of a new building to accommodate Daemen’s growing physical therapy program; the expansion and restructuring of the Business Division; the Natural and Health Sciences Research Laboratory; and most recently, the Research and Information Commons.  


           The George I. Alden Trust gives priority to higher education, predominately in support of independent undergraduate education, in smaller institutions with full-time traditional undergraduate enrollments of 1,000 to 3,000 students. The Trust focuses this support on institutions in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and the six New England states. Within Worcester, the Trust supports a variety of educationally related projects.  The Trustees support institutions that demonstrate a combination of educational excellence, exciting programming, and efficient and effective administration. The Trustees primarily support proposals that they feel will contribute significantly to the intellectual growth of students and will enhance an institution's mission, with particular emphasis on Mr. Alden's expressed desire to "do the greatest good for the greatest number of beneficiaries."



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