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April 6, 2011
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Kaleidoscope kicks off with outdoor celebration, art dedication

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University’s April 13-23 Kaleidoscope Arts Festival kicks off Wednesday with live music, activities, food and the unveiling of art originals created by SRU students for the lobby fountain in Carruth Rizza Hall. Eight objects representing the foreign languages taught at SRU will be dedicated.
         The opening celebration is from 4-7 p.m. in the Quad, with performances by local bands Jam Rock and Free Candy. Dinner will be served free to SRU students with a meal plan and for $6 to the public.
       The artwork dedication and reception will be from 4-6 p.m. in Carruth Rizza Hall, which houses SRU’s department of modern languages and cultures.
        Heather Hertel, assistant professor of art, said students made vessels, paintings, plates and a paper mache dog to complement the Buddy Carruth fountain. The art will be fastened to the fountain today and concealed by a curtain until the dedication.
      “It all started four semesters ago when I as teaching basic drawing perspective in Carruth Rizza,” Hertel said. “We all thought there should be more than just plants on the fountain, so we thought of a project that would make the artist think about other cultures and research what is going on in those countries to represent another culture.”
       SRU offers classes in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Spanish. 
      The fountain honors the late Allen “Buddy” Carruth, husband of the late Ethel Carruth, an SRU friend and benefactor. Ethel Carruth contributed $2.5 million to renovate and restore the former West Hall into the Paul and Carolyn Carruth Rizza Hall. Ethel Carruth was the mother of Carolyn Carruth Rizza and mother-in-law to Paul Rizza, both retired SRU professors.
      Kaleidoscope, which SRU launched 10 years ago, will offer more than 30 programs, including appearances by Anthony Rapp of the Broadway hit “Rent,” a community-participation production of “Alice in Wonderland,” master puppeteers, concerts, galleries, lectures and programs for the global community.
       Children’s Day April 16 will feature music, dance, arts and crafts, balloon sculptures and food. Many Kaleidoscope events and Children’s Day offerings are free, as is parking throughout the 10-day festival.
       Tickets for other shows and concerts will be available at the door or at the University Union Information Desk. For more information, call 724.738.4586. A complete schedule of events is available at

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