We want thank everyone who has applied for the Korean Cultural Festival Grant and ask for your continued interest in our program. At this time, we especially want to congratulate the winners of 2015 -2016 Korean Cultural Festival Grant!
1 Columbia University* 2 University of Chicago* 3 University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign* 4 Emory University* 5 Stanford University 6 Massachusetts Institute of Technology 7 Wellesley College 8 Duke University 9 Vassar College 10 Indiana University in Bloomington 11 University of Pennsylvania 12 University of California, Los Angeles 13 Washington University in St. Louis 14 University of Pittsburgh 15 University of Rochester 16 Purdue University 17 University of California, Davis 18 University of California, Berkeley 19 Dartmouth College 20 Brown University
* Columbia University, University of Chicago, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign and Emory University received the special increment of $1,000.
For 2015–2016 Korean Culture Festival at U.S. Universities Grant, total of 33 schools applied and total of 20 schools were awarded the grant. 4 Universities (Columbia University, University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and Emory University) received $3,000 (USD), consisted of original $2,000 (USD) and the special increment of $1,000 (USD) as their applications received high points among others. And, other 16 Universities received full $2,000 (USD).
For the 2015 – 2016 academic year, 3 universities hosted film festivals; 19 universities organized Korean Arts & Culture Festival; 8 universities held Korean Food Event; 3 universities held other Korea-related events. Total of 10,364 people participated in these events. Of the total, the Korea Foundation was able to collect data on Korean and Non-Korean participants on 10,364 participants; 4,706 were Korean and 5,658 were Non-Koreans.
Overall, the Korean Culture Festivals at U.S. Universities Grant was successful. As notable achievements, University of California Los Angeles attracted 2,000 people during its cultural festival named “Korean Culture Night (KCN).” Most of the events were mix of traditional and modern Korean cultures that included dance and music performances, games, and participatory activities including calligraphy and traditional games such as Gongi and Yootnori.
As for future suggestions received, the student organizations wanted more interactions and communications with the Korea Foundation and KITA in terms of how to best utilize the fund. The organizations also suggested that the fund could be given some time in the first semester so that they were able to budget accordingly. In addition, based on this year’s diverse programs, the Korea Foundation and KITA should define the scope of the fund usage to ensure that the grant is used as intended and that the student organizations are reaching out not only to the local community but also the university campuses.