Muse Scholars regularly receive invitations to attend discussions with distinguished artists, scholars and faculty, as well as offers for discounted or free tickets to stage performances both on and off campus, among other perks described below.
(photo, right: Neuroscientist and best-selling author David Eagleman and Theatre Prof. Mark Bly during a conversation about Eagleman's book of short fiction, Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives. Muse Scholars were invited to attend and participate in a question-and-answer session in Hunter's Lang Recital Hall)
Wednesdays at One
Muse Scholars are invited to participate in this lunch-time series hosted by the Hunter College Department of Theatre and the President's Theatre Advisory Board. The series brings prominent professionals from the theatre industry to Hunter to share insights about their work and careers with students.
Speakers have included Casting Director Ilene Starger; Directors and Producers Patty Baker, Sue Frost and Randy Adams; and Paul Libin, Executive Vice President of Jujamcyn Theaters.
(photo, above left: Muse Scholars pictured with Theatre Prof. Mark Bly and noted author Patricia Bosworth after a Wednesday at One program featuring A View from the Bridge Director Antonio Suarez)
Tickets to plays and other performances
As part of the Muse Scholars freshman seminar class, Explorations in the Arts, students attend New York stage shows - at New York City Center and Carnegie Hall, among other venues - as well as performances on campus. The program also offers special access to city cultural institutions, including the Society of Illustrators, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and New York art galleries.
The Muses have special partnerships with several theatre companies that have provided entrée into some of New York's most acclaimed stage shows.
The Theatre Development Fund has enabled the Muses to see award-winning Broadway productions - including War Horse, Death of a Salesman, The Glass Menagerie, and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike - as well Off Broadway shows, including Carrie and Little Miss Sunshine.
Another Off-Broadway group, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, has partnered with the Muses program to offer tickets to productions at Cherry Lane Theatre. Scholars have so far attended Jon Fosse's A Summer Day.
At Hunter, the Muses have received free entry to Hello Gorgeous! A Salute to the Streisand Songbook at Hunter's Kaye Playhouse and Mystery!, a series of one-act Medieval mystery plays.
Aspen Institute events @ the Roosevelt House
The Aspen Institute, an international nonprofit focused on enlightened leadership and policy, often sponsors special programming at Hunter College's Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute. Muse Scholars have been invited to attend these events, including one featuring artist Eric Fischl in conversation with Damian Woetzel, director of the Aspen Institute's Arts Program (photo, left), and another featuring architect Elizabeth Diller, founding partner of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and Hirshhorn Museum director Richard Koshalek.
Special Cohort Events
The Muse Scholars receive invitations to special events and outings designed specifically for their cohort or in conjunction with other Honors cohorts at Hunter.
During the Fall 2012 semester, for example, the Muse Class of 2015 reconnected during a special lunch at the Society of Illustrators, one of Hunter's cultural partners (photo, left). Also during the Fall 2012 semester, the Muse Class of 2016 joined Hunter's Roosevelt Scholars on a special trip and tour of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, a memorial designed by architect Louis I. Kahn (photo, lower right).
Sally Minard, president of the Four Freedoms Park Conservancy, and Steven Martin, an architect on the project, hosted the tour with Roosevelt Scholar Director Pamela Falk and Muse Scholar Director Dara Meyers-Kingsley. One of the tour's more poignant moments came when students read words from President Roosevelt's 1941 Four Freedoms speech emblazoned on a pillar at the memorial--- the same words engraved on the back wall of Hunter's Roosevelt House, where classes are held for the Roosvelt Scholars and some of the Muse Scholars.
During the Spring 2013 semester, both the freshman and sophomore classes of Muse Scholars got together for a special mixer and lunch held in the Sylvia E. Fishman Student Center (photo, left).
In order to get reaquainted or to meet their colleagues in the opposite class, scholars played "speed dating" and spent the rest of the afternoon trading ideas. Students learned who had joined groups on campus - such as the Hunter Symphony - as well as news about new arts outlets, including Cult. Magazine, where Muse Scholar Joy Scanlon serves as creative director.
Meeting with distinguished scholars and art-world leaders
Muse students are often invited to special events at Hunter featuring prominent artists, scholars and distinguished faculty.
Scholars have attended discussions and presentations by author and neurobiologist David Eagleman, filmmaker Chantal Akerman, best-selling novelist and Hunter professor Colum McCann, Arnhold Graduate Dance Program Director Kathleen Isaac, Hunter Theatre Prof. Barbara Bosch, Hunter Art Prof. and curator Max Weintraub, Hunter Gallery Curator Sarah Watson, and abstract and conceptual artist William Anastasi, among others.
During the the Spring 2013 semester, Holly Hotchner, long-time director of the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), spoke with Muse Scholars, Yalow Scholars and Hunter chemistry students during a special talk in the President's conference room about the intersection of art and science (photo, upper left).