Dartmouth Announces Yearlong Series of Special Arts Initiatives

Dartmouth Announces Yearlong Series of Special Arts Initiatives

Dartmouth today announced a slate of special artistic programs and initiatives during the 2012-13 academic year that spotlights the school's vibrant arts culture and reaffirms its role as one of the nation's leading academic arts communities. This celebration of the arts will begin in September 2012 with the inauguration of Dartmouth's new Arts District, comprising the recently completed Black Family Visual Arts Center, as well as the Hood Museum of Art, and the Hopkins Center for the Arts ("the Hop"), both of which are planning expansions and renovations in the coming years. 2012-13 will include notable arts programming, including special performances for the Hop's 50th Anniversary Season; the premiere of a new work by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater created with commissioning support from the Hop; campus residencies by artists including the Handspring Puppet Company; a groundbreaking exhibition of Aboriginal art at the Hood Museum; a Festival of Film Festivals, which will bring organizers and films from the international film festival circuit to Hanover; and many more performances, exhibitions, and arts events. The year will also be distinguished by an unprecedented development of arts-related programming by campus organizations and departments not normally affiliated with the arts, underscoring the importance of the arts to our everyday lives.

"Dartmouth's historic investments in the arts have long been a model for college campuses across the country, and we're extremely pleased to be renewing and deepening this commitment to the arts in the coming year," said Dartmouth's provost and incoming interim president Carol Folt. "The major artistic milestones that will take place throughout the 2012-13 year will have a lasting impact that extends throughout and beyond the campus."

"With the inauguration of the Black Family Visual Arts Center, the 50th Anniversary of the Hop, and the announcement of a major expansion for the Hood Museum, 2012-13 will showcase the high caliber and interdisciplinary focus of the arts at Dartmouth," said Dartmouth associate provost for international initiatives and incoming interim vice provost Lindsay Whaley. "This confluence of exciting milestones has inspired us to establish 2012-13 as a Year of the Arts, during which Dartmouth will affirm and celebrate the continuing vitality of our arts programs with an exceptional roster of initiatives that will establish a new 21st-century model for the integration of arts on campus."

Dartmouth has long been a leading institution championing the integration of the arts into a collegiate setting: from the establishment of one of the nation's first campus-based performing arts centers, to the commissioning of new works and artist-in-residence programs, to the cultivation of a university art collection that ranks among the oldest and largest in the United States. The diverse series of arts programs and initiatives taking place during Dartmouth's 2012-13 year-including programs developed by departments and campus organizations that traditionally operate outside the arts-exemplify this historic commitment to leadership in the arts, while simultaneously establishing Dartmouth as a model for the artistic campus of the 21st century.

Highlights from Dartmouth's year of artistic programming include the following:

· Yo-Yo Ma performance (September 13, 2012): The inaugural performance of the Hopkins Center's 50th Anniversary Season will be an evening of unaccompanied cello performance by Yo-Yo Ma, one of the world's most acclaimed musical talents and the winner of 16 Grammys among countless other awards.

· Crossing Cultures at the Hood Museum (September 15, 2012-March 10, 2013): The Hood Museum's groundbreaking fall/winter exhibition explores five decades of Aboriginal Australian art, comprising the work of more than 100 artists from outback communities to major metropolitan centers. Featuring more than 100 works from the world-class collection of Will Owen and Harvey Wagner-which was endowed to the Hood Museum in 2009 and 2011-Crossing Cultures will present the many art-making practices of Aboriginal people, including acrylic painting on canvas, ochre painting on bark, sculpture, weaving, and photography.

· Handspring Puppet Company campus residency and performance (September 21-22, 2012): Culminating a weeklong residency on campus through Dartmouth's Montgomery Fellows program, the puppetry innovators behind the Tony-winning War Horse will present at the Hop a two-day performance of Woyzeck on the Highveld, their landmark collaboration with visual artist William Kentridge, which transposes a darkly poetic 19th-century German play to the mine-scarred landscape of 1950s South Africa.

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