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George Contini, associate professor in the department of theatre and film studies in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, gives students advice on how to make a living as an actor during a panel discussion that was part of the 2013 Spotlight on the Arts festival. Photo by Ian Branam

No Business Like Show Business

Panelists at a discussion during the Spotlight on the Arts festival shared their success stories and offered tips for a successful career in the arts.

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Spotlight on the Arts at UGA

Thank you to the more than 16,000 people who helped make the 2013 Spotlight on the Arts festival a success. Arts events continue year-round at the University of Georgia, with several opportunities to enjoy the visual, literary and performing arts.

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    Sesame Street integrates art and design in to its existing STEM content with the goal of illustrating how art and design can be used to solve real-world problems.
    Said: Jessica Lahey in The Atlantic
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    Participating in drama can produce greater emotional sensitivity among both the actors and, in a performance that projects deep human emotions, the audience.
    Said: Peter Smagorinsky, Distinguished Research Professor in the College of Education in The Atlanta-Journal Constitution's "Get Schooled" blog
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    Athens is a music town, but it is also an art town. Art is everywhere we go, and the enjoyment of it is free.
    Said: Pete McCommons in Flagpole
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    "The arts provide much of the connectivity across human existence and experience; and they may be among the most creative and innovative of our curricular programs."
    Said: Interim UGA Provost Libby V. Morris in Innovative Higher Education
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    Drama and theater arts had the eighth lowest unemployment rate among recent graduates ... Who knew?
    Said: Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce in "Hard Times: College Majors, Unemployment and Earning"
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    "If a common thread can be found within nearly all recent nature writing, it seems to be despair over an unraveling world."
    Said: Douglas Carlson in The Georgia Review, Fall 2013 edition
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    Odd how the body seems to carry the years on its back. Piled up, one upon another, an increasing heaviness. Yet some people carry theirs lightly.
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    "...the arts have an undeniable place in the ethos and the spirit of America. And if the inauguration was any indication, we have done a good job of making that…
    Said: Robert Lynch in Americans for the Arts ARTSblog
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    As a film studies professor in the department of Theatre and Film Studies, one of the first things I hope to teach students is to take the role of culture seriously…
    Said: Antje Ascheid, Willson Center for Humanities and Arts in UGA Today
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    Music is one of the ways we make sense of our lives ...  a way for us to understand things with our hearts when we can't with our minds.
    Said: Karl Paulnack, director of the Music Division in The Boston Conservatory