Purdue Calumet collaborates with Towle Theater
In line with the list of strategic initiatives developing on our campus, partnerships in various areas are on the front burner. One unique program connects Purdue Calumet with Hammond’s downtown Towle Theater.
Impetus for the program
Dean of the College of LASS Ronald Corthell believes the partnership is beneficial in many areas. “The original inspiration (for the partnership) came from the new sports programs at Purdue Calumet,” he said. “As a kind of parallel to the sports teams, we aim to enhance arts and humanities opportunities for our students and contribute to the quality of life of our Hammond community.”
New opportunities for students
Many students on campus have participated in arts activities before coming to Purdue Calumet. The partnership will provide these students novel opportunities to continue to create and perform–for their fellow students and for the community, while they earn their degrees at Purdue Calumet.
“The partnership provides us with a chance to extend our presence into downtown Hammond, interact with the lively arts scene in the area and engage our students with the community of Hammond,” Corthell added.
Benefits for faculty and staff, also
The partnership also benefits faculty and staff by enabling opportunities to use the theater for events and meetings at no charge. A reservation request form is available on the Purdue calumet website at: http://webs.purduecal.edu/lass/towle-theater/towle-theatre-request-form
Working with Hammond Development Corporation
In collaboration with the Hammond Development Corporation, the partnership is a step in supporting and, in some cases, repurposing existing facilities in downtown Hammond for use as performance, studio, research and exhibit space for Purdue Calumet students with academic and extracurricular interests in the arts and humanities.
First leg of the partnership journey
The first partnership venture took place last April, when the Towle Theater hosted a viewing and discussion of the film, “The Other Conquest.” The event was part of the closing ceremony of the campus photography exhibit, “In the Shadows of Cortez,” which related to the film. The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures co-sponsored the event.
Later this fall, students and faculty from various campus departments, as well as cast and crew members from the Towle Theater, will be involved in Purdue Calumet’s, “Building Community through the Arts” program on Winter Festivals in Northwest Indiana.