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UGA’s Spotlight on the Arts festival breaks attendance record

More than 23,000 people attended the University of Georgia's Spotlight on the Arts festival this November, setting an attendance record for the fifth straight year. Held Nov. 2-13, the festival featured more than 100 events and exhibitions and engaged a total of 23,211 people in the visual, literary and performing arts. Events featured special guests as well as hundreds of student artists, musicians, writers and performers, including more than 200 who took part in an Opening Celebration kaleidoscope performance. "The success of Spotlight on the Arts underscores just how important the arts are to the cultural and intellectual vitality of our university and state," said Pamela Whitten, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost.…

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UGA’s Spotlight on the Arts festival breaks attendance record

Nearly 22,000 people attended the University of Georgia Arts Council’s 2015 Spotlight on the Arts festival, besting last year’s attendance record. The festival was held Nov. 5-14 and reached 21,828 people through more than 100 events and exhibitions, including an opening celebration, concerts, plays, dance performances, book talks, art openings and more. “The 2015 Spotlight on the Arts festival was a tremendous success thanks to the dedication of our Arts Council members and students from across campus,” said Pamela Whitten, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. “I hope that this world-class festival has inspired people in the campus community and beyond to engage with our arts programs throughout…

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Students “conduct” Hodgson Wind Ensemble for Student Spotlight event

More than 1,000 students, faculty and staff from across campus experienced the Hodgson Wind Ensemble’s  “Conduct Us” event on Thursday, a highlight of a daylong Student Spotlight event of the annual Spotlight on the Arts festival. More than two dozen students took the baton to lead the band in favorites such as “Stars and Stripes Forever,” while a crowd of students looked on—and snapped smartphone photos and videos—at Tate Plaza. “Conduct Us was a fun and exciting way for students to get a taste and sense of the arts at the University of Georgia,” said Russell Mumper, the university’s vice provost and chair of the UGA Arts Council. “We couldn’t be more pleased with…

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Third-annual Spotlight on the Arts Festival set for Nov. 6-14

A Tony Award-winning playwright, a Grammy Award-winning soprano, art-making robots and a music composition performed on Google Glass are among the more than 40 events on tap for the University of Georgia's 2014 Spotlight on the Arts festival. The third annual festival is scheduled for Nov. 6-14 and will feature performances by British baroque quartet Red Priest, the Russian State Symphony Orchestra and Grammy Award-winning soprano Kathleen Battle. The 2014 Spotlight on the Arts festival also includes events featuring Academy and Tony award-winning playwright Alfred Uhry, who will be inducted into the Georgia Writer's Hall of Fame. A University Theatre production of "The Great Gatsby" will run throughout the festival. "Each year, the…

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