CORE Performance Company to perform in Baum Gallery




CONTACT: Dr. Gayle Seymour at (501) 450-3295;

February 3, 2012

By Rachel McAdams

College of Fine Arts and Communication Media Offic

CONWAY — CORE Performance Company will perform a specially-commissioned dance for the “Moving Toward Health” project at the University of Central Arkansas’s Baum Gallery in McCastlain Hall on Thursday, Feb. 23.

The dancers will perform Body as Image at 5, 5:30, 6 and 6:30 p.m. within the gallery exhibition of photographic portraits by UCA Department of Art professor Donna Pinckley, speaking to Moving Toward Health’s goal of encouraging self-awareness and self-acceptance.

At 1:40 p.m. on Feb. 23, the performers will give an open rehearsal and have a question-and-answer session for UCA students in the Baum Gallery. All events are free and open to the public.

“We are excited to be hosting performances of the nationally acclaimed CORE Performance company in one of our galleries displaying artist Donna Pinckley’s engaging photographic portraits of teens,” Barclay McConnell, Baum Gallery director, said.

Various events across campus and the Conway community will complement and coincide with this performance.

According to the website, “With this project we are embodying the arts’ ability to engender communication and to facilitate change in the context of social issues. We are engaging the Conway community through meetings, workshops and forums and by creating and performing a new dance work…”

This presentation is supported by Mid-America Arts Alliance with generous underwriting by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Arkansas Arts Council and foundations, corporations and individuals throughout Arkansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas.

This project is made possible by funding from Alternate ROOTS and the Ford Foundation through the ROOTS Tour & Residency Program. Additional funding is provided by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Heritage.

The project is also funded by UCA Center for Community and Economic Development, UCA Arts Fee through the Artists in Residence Program, UCA Office of Student Services, UCA Office of Sponsored Programs, UCA Student Dietetic Association, Faulkner County Healthy Weight Coalition and Conway Public Schools.

For more details and information about CORE Performance Company, visit For more information about the “Moving Toward Health” project, contact Dr. Gayle Seymour, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication, at 501-450-3295 or by email at