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Grant writing for the arts

Beverly Mitchell, Art and Dance Librarian, presented a workshop today on grant writing for the arts. In attendance were SMU students and staff and representatives from Dallas non-profits.

Simple web tools for creating graphics

An effective image can be essential when making an argument, but not all of us have graphic design skills and access to applications like Photoshop. Fortunately, there is a profusion of free or inexpensive web applications for nonexperts. Here is… Continue Reading →

Texas Artists digital collection recognized by global library collaborative

The Texas Artists: Paintings, Sculpture, and Works on Paper (“Texas Artists”) digital collection was recently featured the global library collaborative OCLC’s website. Texas Artists is one of Central University Libraries’ (CUL) 48 digital collections, available on the CUL Digital Collections… Continue Reading →

Pictorial: Collecting the macabre, Part 2

Does Fondren have ghosts? Some say yes. As far as we know, the only entities haunting Hamon late at night are SMU students. Let’s get on with the second installment of Collecting the macabre.

Pictorial: Collecting the macabre, Part 1

In the spirit of Halloween, we’ve gathered here some of the most macabre items from Central University Libraries’ special collections.

Division of Dance concert programs now online

Hamon Arts Library is excited to make the Division of Dance Concert Programs and Materials available online in the SMU Digital Collections. The library worked closely with the Division of Dance in the Meadows School of the Arts and the… Continue Reading →

How much do musicians earn distributing their music online?

I spend most of my workday at my desk, so streaming music is not just convenient, it’s essential.  I have a turntable at home and a small collection of records inherited from my parents that I augment through buying resale vinyl and the occasional brand… Continue Reading →

The National Film Preservation Foundation Now Streaming Jones’ Catskill Honeymoon

In 2011, the National Film Preservation Foundation awarded Hamon’s G. William Jones Film and Video Collection a grant of $31,000 to support the preservation of the Yiddish-language film Catskill Honeymoon (1950, directed by Joe Berne). We are happy to announce that the NFPF… Continue Reading →

Programming a Meadows Wind Ensemble concert using the resources of the Hamon Arts Library

Programming a concert for a performing ensemble can be a daunting task. There are many great possibilities, but there are also many factors to take into account, as I discovered when creating a concert program for the Meadows Wind Ensemble as part of my coursework towards a Master of Music degree in Conducting.

Focus on research: Bywaters Special Collections

The Bywaters Special Collections at Hamon is an excellent resource for those interested in Texas visual and performing arts. In addition to photographs, sketchbooks, and works of art on paper, Bywaters holds smaller treasures that offer an historical glimpse into Dallas’… Continue Reading →

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