The Municipal Commission on Arts and Letters for University City (MCALUC) has named renowned musician Sandy Weltman as their 2014 Returning Artist.
This will be the 20th anniversary of the Returning Artist Program for which the commission brings artistically renowned University City High School (UCHS) graduates back to work with current students of the school system. The commission’s two goals of the program are: to encourage students to investigate careers in the arts and to enrich the schools’ art programs.
Past returning artists have included visual artists, glassblowers, photographers, writers, filmmakers, graphic designers, videographers, animators, instrumental musicians, composers, actors, singers and dancers.
Weltman graduated from UCHS in 1974. His award-winning musical prowess usually centers on his jazz harmonica but he’s also been noted for his skills with a variety of styles like blues, Celtic and Klezmer, as well as a variety of instruments, including the banjo and mandolin.
Workshops with students will take place during the week, February 3 to 7, at several of the city’s schools. Also, a public reception in celebration of this year’s program is scheduled at 7 p.m. on February 6 in the UCHS library.