Here in the College of Fine Arts, we are excited for another extraordinary year of dance, music, film, visual art, and theatre.
One word could describe the state of the arts on the University of Utah campus: Momentum. With the incredible influx of students attending arts events, both professional and student produced, I am inspired by their desire to engage with the arts as a vital component of their educations. The Salt Lake Tribune recently highlighted the thriving arts culture on our campus. And as I reflect on the arts growing presence, I extend my appreciation to the dedicated faculty and students whose efforts yield an enriching experience. Their tenacity, hard work, and hours in the studio make it possible for all to enjoy and take part in the arts.
Along with the talents of students and faculty, access to arts events is more prevalent than ever before. With the Arts Pass program, students with a UCard receive free or nearly free tickets to any arts event on campus. Arts Pass is now in its fifth year; and each year, the number of student tickets distributed grows. From this success, a new program has been born. The Party: Powered by Arts Pass is a vehicle for developing life-long relationships while attending arts events on campus. By attending, students become part of a network who are interested in the arts and in meeting others who share that interest. The Party launches its first event at the UMFA’s exhibition of British masterworks with a dance party on Sept. 4.
I also invite you to attend the biggest annual arts celebration on campus, Arts Bash 2015 on Sept. 2 from 11 – 2. Stop by the Marriott Library Plaza for free performances, T-shirts, and food while you learn more about the arts organizations and academic areas on our campus. You won’t want to miss it.
With a new year comes a new beginning. Join us as we celebrate the joy of human expression as we connect with one another through powerful arts experiences. Through the arts, our minds are challenged, our hearts opened, and our community strengthened.