Gift, one of the largest in the history of American dance, will create the first new school established through an endowment at
USC in nearly 40 years
Nov. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Glorya Kaufman, a visionary
Los Angeles philanthropist whose commitment to dance is celebrated nationwide, has made a transformational gift to establish the
University of Southern California Glorya Kaufman School of Dance.
Kaufman's gift creates an endowment to support the school's programs in contemporary and classical dance, the recruitment of world-renowned faculty and student scholarships for aspiring dancers. It will also fund construction of the new school's instructional building, the Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center.
Kaufman School of Dance is the first school to be established through an endowment at
in nearly 40 years. It joins
's five preeminent arts schools — in architecture, cinematic arts, dramatic arts, fine arts and music — which comprise one of the strongest arts offerings in
the United States
. The university has nearly 6,000 graduate and undergraduate students pursuing degrees in the fine and performing arts.
One of the world's top private research universities,
also offers students a strategic location in
, the creative capital of the
has for many years enrolled more international students than any other university in
the United States
, thus providing unparalleled opportunities for its students to experience other cultures through artistic expression.
"Glorya Kaufman's generosity will have a profound impact on the art of dance —not only at
, but throughout the world," said
C. L. Max Nikias
. "The university's ambition is to make the
Glorya Kaufman School of Dance the most elite on the West Coast and in the
provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, said that with her gift: "Ms. Kaufman adds the beauty of dance to
's expressive range. Ms. Kaufman's name is synonymous throughout the world with dance. Joining the Glorya Kaufman name to a new
school of dance greatly enhances
's unique signature as the nation's premier research university with a deep commitment to the arts in all their manifestations. We could not be more proud to begin this historic journey with arts philanthropist, and now Trojan Family member, Glorya Kaufman."
By creating the school, Kaufman said she hopes to transform the lives of generations of students as well as the future of dance in
and around the world.
"I want the school to prepare dancers to be extraordinary performers, to take care of themselves physically and also to have the knowledge to advocate for themselves from a business perspective," she said. "
provides an exceptional education across the board and will make sure this happens."
"Glorya understands the importance and power of dance and dance education more than anyone I know," said
, dean of the
Thornton School of Music, who will take on the additional role of inaugural dean of the
Kaufman School of Dance. "She has an amazing passion for the art form and with her gift she is inspiring generations of dancers who will benefit from her support.
"One of the reasons this so exciting is that we get to build this institution from scratch, and ask: What does it mean to be a dancer in the 21st century?"