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Fine Arts Affiliates at Boston College

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In its programming and ongoing commitment to provide students and the greater public opportunities to more fully engage with the Fine Arts, the Fine Arts Department coordinates with numerous University offices, departments and programs. The following are those with which the department shares an especially close relationship.

The Arts Council

The Boston College Arts Council works to increase the visibility of the arts at Boston College and to strengthen student involvement in the University's arts programs and community participation in arts events at BC. The Arts Council's signature event is the annual Arts Festival in late April.

McMullen Museum

The University's widely acclaimed Art Museum organizes and presents several exhibitions – and related programming – throughout the year. The Museum serves as a valuable resource for Fine Arts instructors and students, who not only benefit from studying the works in the museum, but also participate in the research and other activities involved in the mounting of a scholarly museum exhibition.

Religion and the Arts

This journal explores religious experience and expression in the arts. Several Fine Arts faculty members serve on the journal's editorial staff.

Jacques Salmanowitz Program

The Jacques Salmanowitz Program for Moral Courage in Film is devoted to encouraging the production of film concerned with acts of moral courage, providing role models for youth worldwide.

The Salmanowitz Program serves as a resource for student filmmakers across the disciplines who wish to create documentaries that will inspire future generations.

The program is named for Jacques Salmanowitz, a Swiss businessman who was instrumental in bringing to safety in Switzerland individuals trapped behind German lines in World War II.

The Salmanowitz Program was first established through a five-year grant commencing in March 2001, and which has been generously renewed annually thereafter. The grant establishes the Salmanowitz Professor, who advises potential producers on the implementation of new documentary projects. Further, the grant supports the Assistant Director, a student from with the Fine Arts Department, who provides research and logistical support for the program.

The Salmanowitz Program offers the following resources and assistance to student filmmakers:

Advice and Consultation
The program provides consultation on all phases of pre-production, production and post-production to help guide producers to successful completion of their films. Students submitting proposals must have taken at least an initial course in filmmaking prior to undertaking their project.

The Salmanowitz Program provides grants of $1000 to $1500 to successful student applicants to assist with travel-related costs.

Film Archive
The Salmanowitz Program maintains an extensive list of completed films to provide potential producers with inspirational models. Students have filmed in the Balkans, Northern Ireland, the Mideast, El Salvador, Nicaragua, the Mexican border, India, Siberia and throughout the United States. The projects have focused on social justice issues from poverty to human rights, and from socio-political art to conflict resolution. A recent article in The Heights described the experience of three students awardees who used their funding to travel to Sierra Loene to film a documentary about the health care crisis in that war-torn country.

The Salmanowitz Program allows the producers to distribute their work on the web, at festivals, and especially at the annual Arts Festival at Boston College.

If you are a filmmaking student contact either the Program Director or the current Assistant Director with your story ideas for films in moral courage at any phase of production, from concept to post-production. Let us help you turn your ideas into a finished product.

Salmanowitz Grant Application Form*

Professor John J. Michalczyk
Director, Salmanowitz Program
Devlin 420
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467


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