The University of Idaho Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival was recently honored with a C. Peter Magrath University Community Engagement Exemplary Program Award.
Since 2006, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the National Outreach Scholarship Conference, with support from the W.K Kellogg Foundation, have partnered to recognize the outreach scholarship and engagement partnerships of four-year public universities. The award recognizes programs that demonstrate how colleges and universities have redesigned their learning, discovery, and engagement functions to become even more involved with their communities.
Priscilla Salant, director of the university’s Office of Community Partnerships, wrote the Magrath application with help from jazz festival staff. “Jazz fest is our largest and most mature engagement initiative. It aligns perfectly with the university’s mission and values. From the first workshop in a local church to the last After Hours jam session at a bar downtown, jazz fest embodies engaged cultural work between higher education and community,” said Salant.
As the state’s land grant institution of higher learning, the University of Idaho has a responsibility to provide diverse cultural and education opportunities to individuals of all ages in the state and the region. The Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival is one of the university’s most visible and largest fulfillments of that responsibility.
The C. Peter Magrath University/Community Engagement Awards were presented during the APLU Annual Meeting in November 2012. The national award is named for C. Peter Magrath, APLU president from 1992 to 2005.