The City of Richardson and the Charles W. Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts and Corporate Presentations formed a collaboration in 2020 with what is now The School of Arts, Humanities and Technology (AHT) at the University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) to create a first-of-a-kind, innovative collaboration called the Eisemann Edge Initiative, which will give Richardson residents, local students and the North Texas community an opportunity to explore the intersection of technology with the visual and performing arts.
The Eisemann Edge Endowment Fund was started by a generous $250,000 donation from longtime community benefactors and civic leaders Ann and Charles Eisemann, whose efforts have already had far-reaching impacts in Richardson and across the North Texas region. They hope the Endowment Fund will promote future giving to stimulate collaboration and growth of tech-based arts in the region.
The first year's project was MotherBoard, a modular sculptural installation that celebrates the vibrancy of the City of Richardson’s history, accomplishments, and technological contributions to the world. MotherBoard was commissioned by the Eisemann Center for inveiling and exhibition in the Spring of 2020.
An immersive projection experience, 20 Years in 20 Minutes seeks to highlight the 20 years of the Eisemann Center during its 20th Anniversary Celebration. The experience will explore the Eisemann Center’s immense impact on the art landscape of Richardson and the greater North Texas area as a whole. Throughout its 20-year history, the Eisemann Center has shaped the cultural fabric of the region both inside the doors of the Eisemann Center through its signature events, as well as through community programming outside its doors. This composition seeks to explore that impact, as well as the impact the Eisemann Center will continue to have for many more years to come.
Eisemann Edge Student Impact Statement
The Eisemann Edge Endowment Initiative provides a unique opportunity for The University of Texas at Dallas students to explore arts and technology through real-world, project-based, studio art practice. The project allows for students from many different areas of interest to develop their skill sets from video and graphic creation to coding, projection mapping, communications, marketing, and technological system building. This real-world development of skills allows a valuable experience for students to get outside-of-the-classroom learning that is unparalleled through any other fund or endowment in the arts. Click here to see the Souvenir Program for 20 Years in 20 Minutes.
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