About the Arts at UGA
In October 2011, the directors and department heads of various arts units on campus were invited to a meeting to explore whether there were issues and priorities in the arts that could benefit from collaboration and networking. The result was the formation of the UGA Arts Council, whose members represent the performing, visual and literary arts, as well as interdisciplinary academic units (see Arts Council Directory).
With support from the Office of the Provost, the Arts Council now meets regularly, as do members of their respective staffs with responsibilities for marketing and public relations. One of the exciting projects to come from these discussions was the creation of the Spotlight on the Arts festival. The inaugural festival, held in November 2012, featured more than 50 events and drew some 15,000 people. The 2013 festival is scheduled for Nov. 7-15 and will again include a wide array of arts activities that we expect will be of interest to students, faculty and staff, as well as alumni and members of the surrounding community.
Our goals are to raise awareness of the broad range of arts programs and events offered by faculty and students at UGA, and to encourage people, especially those who have never done so, to visit the Georgia Museum of Art or to attend a concert at the Performing Arts Center or to go to a theater or dance performance in the Fine Arts Building or the New Dance Theatre. We think those who have limited experience with the arts at UGA will be surprised by what they have been missing!
We want to make sure that students and others are aware that UGA is home to a nationally acclaimed literary magazine in The Georgia Review, to the award-winning UGA Press, and to Special Collections Libraries that preserve the state’s cultural heritage.
So circle Nov. 7-15 on your calendars – and watch for more details about the 2013 Spotlight on the Arts festival!