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Presidential Communication
November 17, 2017

TO: Mills College Faculty and Staff
FROM: Beth Hillman
SUBJECT: Mills: Inside and Out

Dear all,

Thanksgiving is suddenly just ahead, and the campus has been filled with busy students, faculty, and staff closing out work before the holiday ahead. Students facing end-of-semester deadlines took time yesterday to join the ASMC-sponsored Student Appreciation Day, which offered food, music, and an action table to encourage students to express their voices. The construction at Lisser Hall continues to move ahead too; perhaps you've noticed the many concrete trucks rumbling down Richards Road to pour the new foundations for our historic theater.

Art in the Mills Community has been on display this week as well, with students presenting art in the Student Union at their fall festival on Wednesday. A timely and beautiful exhibit, In-Between Places: Korean American Artists in the Bay Area, continues its popular run in the Mills College Art Museum through December 10. Last night, after I spoke on a San Francisco panel about women's rights with UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ and Stanford law professor Deborah Rhode, I heard from a fan of the exhibit who urged others to see it before it closes next month. I'm grateful for the vision and dedication of Raven Rice, ASMC Arts and Technology Senator and student leader of the fall festival, and Dr. Stephanie Hanor, director of our superb art museum.  Congratulations go to Professor Catherine Wagner, whose homage to Italian painter Giorgio Morandi, exhibited through November 25 at Anglim Gilbert Gallery (SF), is reviewed in the November 9 issue of the SF Chronicle.

We also received news from the Hewlett Foundation this week that Mills College is one of the first 10 recipients of the Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions, a five-year, $8 million initiative that is the largest of its kind in the United States. Mills and Meredith Monk won one of 10 $150,000 grants to San Francisco Bay Area non-profits to commission major new musical compositions from world-class artists, including chamber, electronic, jazz, opera, and hip-hop. Hewlett Foundation program director John McGuirk described the competition to win this commission as the most competitive he'd seen in two decades of arts philanthropy. The grant will enable Mills and Monk to create "Indra's Net," an interdisciplinary, immersive composition on humanity's connection to the natural world. I'm grateful to James Fei, Les Stuck, Ann Murphy, Sheldon Smith, Karen Fiene, Dyana Curreri-Ermatinger, and Kirstin Kapustik (executive director, the House Foundation for the Arts) for making it possible for Mills to support the arts and win this prestigious award.

I hope each of you find beauty in your world, here in the Mills' art community and beyond, as you invest in our students and their success.

Beth Signature



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