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UNG strikes partnership with Blue Ridge art center

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Students on the UNG Blue Ridge Campus gain access to additional community resources through Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Center partnership.

The University of North Georgia's (UNG) Blue Ridge Campus has recently formed a partnership with the Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Center that will allow students and the community to work together in various capacities.

"We are so grateful to have established this partnership with Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Center," said Sandy Ott, director of UNG's Blue Ridge Campus. "It provides faculty, students and the community with resources by providing access to the art center's galleries, showings and events."

The partnership allows UNG to lease space in the center for office and work space and for planning and collaborating in the development of the inaugural Blue Ridge Scholars program.

The Blue Ridge Scholars program launched this fall and is an innovative two-year program that is expected to become the signature element of UNG's Blue Ridge Campus. Students in the program will attend full-time and participate in an interdisciplinary curriculum that will take advantage of the region's resources to promote learning in and out of the classroom and support the timely attainment of degrees.

"This partnership with UNG gives artists in the area the opportunity to work in business and professional development, and we want the university to utilize the facility and our instructors as good resources for current and future classes of UNG," said Nichole Potzauf, executive director of Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association and Art Center.

Located in downtown Blue Ridge, Georgia, the Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Center houses many programs including adult art classes, youth dance classes, music lessons, summer youth art camps, and precision aligned yoga. Some of the center's main events include the Blue Ridge Writers' Conference, the WhoDunIt? Art Fundraiser, and the Fall Plein Air Event.

The Blue Ridge Campus opened in fall 2015 with 21 students in two classes and two full-time faculty. This fall the campus has 112 students in 13 classes with five full-time faculty.

Academic offerings include dual-enrollment courses for high school students, a full-time program for first-time freshmen with courses that allow students to complete degrees in regional high-demand disciplines, courses for adult learners getting started in college or returning to college to complete a degree, as well as continuing and professional education programs for career growth or personal enrichment.

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