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Cambodian ceramist Yary Livan, an adjunct professor of art at Middlesex Community College (Mass.), has been awarded a 2015 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship, the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. Trained at the Royal University of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh, Livan now lives in Lowell, Mass., and joined the Middlesex faculty in 2012. He is believed to be one of the few ceramists to survive Cambodia’s brutal Pol Potera genocide and the only known to be living in the U.S. Livan helped build a smokeless, woodfired kiln in Lowell National Historical Park, which he uses to share traditional Cambodian techniques as part of MCC ceramics courses and the national park’s public programs. Since coming to the U.S. in 2001, Livan has also participated as an artist-in-residence at Harvard University, and taught at Youth-Art-In-Action, an after-school/summer program for urban youth at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. He received a 2012 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship.
U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D- Pa., has selected Charline and Marcell Rowland as 2015 Angels in Adoption™ awardees for their outstanding advocacy of adoption and foster care issues. Charline, an adjunct reading instructor at Community College of Allegheny County South Campus, and Marcell were honored by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, which manages the Angels in Adoption program, at an awards ceremony and gala in Washington, D.C. The Angels in Adoption program is CCAI’s signature public awareness campaign and provides an opportunity for all members of the U.S. Congress to honor the good work of their constituents who have enriched the lives of foster children and orphans in the U.S. and abroad. In July 2015, the couple adopted three young brothers, ages 7, 5 and 4, who had been in their foster care since 2012. The couple was honored for their efforts to ensure that the siblings, some of whom have special needs, would grow up together in a protective and loving environment.
In celebration of Moreno Valley College’s (Calif.) Silver Anniversary, the college’s music faculty held a concert in the Student Services Building. The concert featured singers Jon Lee Keenan, a tenor, and Natalie Mann, a soprano, who performed with fellow faculty members Wayne Hinton on piano, and Don Foster on clarinet. The concert is part of the college’s Music@MoVal Concert series. Titled “Liebes Lieder: Love in Song,” the concert featured faculty members who perform professionally regionally and nationally.
Foster, who has worked on a number of television and movie soundtracks, including the upcoming Star Wars production, performs regularly with the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra and the Pasadena and Santa Barbara sym phonies.
Mann has performed as a lyric soprano in Europe and Australia. In 2011 she performed in China with the South Shore Orchestra. She is the recipient of a Metropolitan Opera Encouragement Award, and she released her first commercial CD, Experience, in November 2013. Keenan and Hinton, who both hold doctoral degrees from the University of Southern California, bring German love songs of the 19th century to life. Keenan, whom the LA Times identified as “someone to watch,” performed songs by Franz Schubert.