The Indispensable Arts
Now in its sixth year, the annual Spotlight on the Arts festival exemplifies the vital role that creativity plays in making the University of Georgia one of the nation’s most dynamic public universities.
This year’s festival features more than 100 events and exhibitions in the visual, literary and performing arts. Spotlight 2017 kicks off Nov. 1 with the hour-long “Kaleidoscope: Spotlight on the Arts Opening Celebration,” which features student performances in dance, music, theater and creative writing.
This year’s festival also includes concerts from students and faculty in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music, exhibitions at the Lamar Dodd School of Art and Georgia Museum of Art, and performances from the department of dance and University Theatre. Students will present an array of performances Nov. 2 at Tate Plaza during the Student Spotlight event, and the second annual Spotlight on the Arts Family Day will be held Nov. 11. To maximize the appreciation and enjoyment of the arts, many Spotlight events are free, while others are discounted for students.
The members of the UGA Arts Council, which is chaired by Vice Provost Russ Mumper and includes representatives from 12 arts units from across campus, have once again organized an outstanding festival. What’s notable about this year’s festival is the high level of interdisciplinary collaboration it has spurred. The School of Public and International Affairs and the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts will be using the Cold War satire “Dr. Strangelove” as a starting point for a discussion on nuclear nonproliferation, for example, and an exhibition at the Georgia Museum of Art explores the intersection of art and ecology with paintings by Martha Odum.
Spotlight underscores the fact that the arts play an indispensable role in fostering understanding and advancing knowledge about culture and humanity. These intrinsic benefits are complemented by the fresh perspectives the arts can bring to the sciences, engineering and a host of other fields.
The learning environment at the University of Georgia is more dynamic, more vibrant and more creative thanks to our extraordinary arts programs. Spotlight on the Arts runs through Nov. 12, but the impact that the arts have on our campus extends throughout the year.
UGA Arts Council: www.arts.uga.edu