The University of Wisconsin-Waukesha Foundation has received a $25,000 grant from the John and Carolyn Peterson Foundation to create an artist-in-residence program at the university.
Lillian Boese, executive director of the Foundation, and Steve Decker, associate professor of communications and theater arts, worked to secure the grant, which will benefit the many artists in the surrounding community, Decker said.
“My hope is that we will have more professional artists working with the campus theatre program on a regular basis,” he said. “We have a wonderful community here. By supporting more talented artists we all win – the community, students and artists – create together, and we develop relationships that foster creativity, sensitivity and imagination.”
Decker said he is working with the university’s continuing education department to plan and consider working with a number of talented artists – dancers, writers, or actors – on upcoming projects.
UW–Waukesha has the largest enrollment among the 13 UW Colleges campuses with more than 2,000 students. These freshman/sophomore campuses and UW Colleges Online comprise the UW Colleges. They offer an associate of arts and sciences degree and prepare students of all ages and backgrounds for baccalaureate and professional programs. In addition, UW-Waukesha offers several collaborative bachelor’s degrees through UW-Milwaukee and UW-Oshkosh.