Bowdoin Students Take Modern Dance Production to Northampton Spring Dance Festival

Aoki and her eight students were part of MAYDANCE, a month-long festival of contemporary dance in Northampton, MA. Photo: Peter Raper

Assistant Professor of Dance Aretha Aoki concluded the spring semester by taking her Modern Dance III: Repertory class to Northampton, Mass., to perform their work, Well-drawn fields.

The performance took place May 20, 2017, at the School for Contemporary Dance and Thought (SCDT), “a highly reputable studio and performance space with national and international connections,” said Aoki. Read more in Bowdoin News.

Rockin’ It: Covering the Indie Music Scene in Portland

Sam Kyzivat ’18 and Miles Brautigam ’19

This summer two Bowdoin students are interning in Portland at nonprofits that support artists, both ones already established in their careers and also younger ones not yet graduated from high school.

Miles Brautigam ’19 is working behind the scenes at an alternative arts and music spot, helping book bands and set up art exhibitions. He is interning for Space Gallery, a contemporary visual and performing arts venue. A couple blocks away, Sam Kyzivat ’18 is supporting musical kids who play orchestral backup to rock bands performing in Portland. He is the Maine Youth Rock Orchestra’s sole intern this summer, helping the founder/director run the unique organization.

Both students have a Delta Sigma Arts fellowship through Bowdoin. Read more in Bowdoin News.

Bowdoin Fellows Focus on Maine’s Food System

More Bowdoin students are expressing a desire to both better understand and support local food systems. Reflecting this interest, a relatively significant of students this year (at least seven) have summertime fellowships from Bowdoin to work in some way with Maine’s food economy. While their projects are diverse, and include both research projects and farming internships, all the students share an interest in improving our food system to decrease hunger or to help the environment. Check out the Storymap link to learn more.

Jenny Ibsen ’18 Maps a Changing Portland Waterfront

The task of explaining how a city became what it is has traditionally fallen to historians, or perhaps novelists. But a Bowdoin student is spending her summer preparing to create a different sort of account of the Portland waterfront.

Jenny Ibsen ’18 has Phocas Family Fellowship from Bowdoin to start her capstone project for her self-designed major of urban studies.

In addition to writing a thesis paper, she will be creating an interactive website that combines journalism, sociology, art, and history to tell the story of a transforming Portland waterfront.

Jenny Ibsen ’18 Maps a Changing Portland Waterfront