About the Arts Council
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. With support from the Office of the Provost, the Arts Council now meets regularly.
Our mission is to foster an awareness and appreciation of the arts and an environment conducive to artistic innovation. Individually and collectively, the member units of the Arts Council promote excellence in the arts through academic programs, performances, exhibitions, scholarship and outreach activities to advance the university’s goals of serving students, the state and the nation.
We want 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 journal in The Georgia Review, to the award-winning UGA Press, and to Special Collections Libraries that preserve the state’s cultural heritage.
To encourage students and community members to become more involved in the arts at UGA, the Arts Council created the Spotlight on the Arts festival, a nine-day event highlighting units and facilities, from visual arts and creative writing to music, dramatic arts, dance and more. The inaugural festival, held in November 2012, featured more than 50 events and drew nearly 15,000 people.
In 2016, the Arts Council joined the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) and hosted the organization's annual conference in 2018.
UGA Arts Council Mission Statement
The mission of the UGA Arts Council is to foster an awareness and appreciation of the arts and an environment conducive to artistic innovation. Individually and collectively, the member units of the Arts Council promote excellence in the arts through academic programs, performances, exhibitions, scholarship and outreach activities to advance the university’s goals of serving students, the state and the nation.
UGA Arts Council goals 2014-2019
Expand awareness and appreciation of the vibrancy and contributions of the arts at UGA.
Involve all students in the arts as part of their educational experience at UGA.
Build networks to advocate for the importance of the arts and art collections and their value within the university and society.
Foster mutual and beneficial collaboration among campus units to integrate the arts into the fabric of the university.
Build resources to support scholarship, research and creative activity in the arts at UGA.
Provide outreach to targeted constituencies locally and around the state.
Promote town-gown collaborations to strengthen and grow the local arts community.