Wesleyan University and Palace of Yogyakarta Sign Faculty Exchange Agreement
On August 5th, 2022, the Royal Palace of Yogykarta signed a 5-year cooperation agreement with Wesleyan University covering faculty exchange. Facilitated by an AICEF grant, the Palace will send a dance instructor, Vernonica Retnaningsih, to the US and Wesleyan will send a to Indonesia. Retnaningih joins faculty from Africa and India in Wesleyan's Dance Department and will complement the Music Department's half 60-year commitment to teaching Javanese gamelan. Potemkina will work with the Royal Palace Orchestra, a symphonic ensemble established by Sultan Hamengkubuwono X in 2020. Many of its musicians are graduates of the music conservatory of the Institute of the Arts based in Yogyakarta.