“Grants from the University Cultural Events Committee provide partial
for new or existing programs which enhance the cultural environment of
the University. Funded activities must be of interest to a significant
number of students in a given discipline or be available to the student
population in general.”
A university-wide committee focusing on activities in the visual and
arts at Western Michigan University dates back to the early 1950s when
a Festival of Arts highlighted programming each year including
scheduled campus events as well as guest artists.
While Miller Auditorium was under construction in the late 1960s,
University took steps to create its Cultural Events Committee (CEC) to
guide programming for this new facility. An advisory group originally
two tasks: (1) Function in an advisory capacity to schedule and
an “international” concert series intended to bring the world’s most
performing artists and ensembles to Miller Auditorium; and (2)
student involvement in fine arts programming and audience development.
The CEC had a substantial annual budget at the time (approximately
Most of these funds were used to subsidize student attendance at the
International Concert Series. The committee retained a smaller portion
for discretionary use to support other cultural events on the campus.
Since its beginning, CEC membership has enjoyed campus-wide
with one or more members from each of the University’s colleges. As the
committee’s involvement in Miller Auditorium’s programming dissipated,
committee membership generally stabilized at one representative from
of several colleges. Evolution to the committee’s mission also reduced
the budget which is presently around $11,000 annually.
The committee serves at the pleasure of the Provost and Vice President
for Academic Affairs, who provides its funds and appoints its members
chairperson. The terms of service are indefinite, once again at the
of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
The current committee chairperson is Dr. Julie Nemire (email@example.com), School of Music, 2142 Dalton Center. She can be reached at (269) 387-4672. Mailstop 5434.