Westminster Launches New "Center for the Arts" Initiative with Free Arts & Community Symposium

Oct 5, 2012

New center will promote the arts-and arts education-as powerful tools to foster community engagement and social action SALT LAKE CITY - Westminster College is pleased to announce the creation of the Westminster Center for the Arts. The center will be officially announced during the college's Arts and Community Symposium Oct. 23-24, 2012. The new center will support the development of student artists across disciplines, as well as foster collaborative projects that involve professional arts organizations, community-based arts organizations, K-12 schools, hospitals, senior citizen centers, etc. Its overall mission is to use the arts to create social action and social change. The two-day symposium will explore the fabric of community cultural development with internationally acclaimed artists, directors, playwrights and musicians using the arts to effect social change. Featured presenters will include Arlene Goldbard-a writer, speaker, consultant, and cultural activist whose focus is the intersection of culture, politics, and spirituality; Mark Churchill-educator, conductor, cellist, director of El Sistema USA and Dean Emeritus of Preparatory and Continuing Education and Senior Advisor of New England Conservatory; Steve Richardson-Director of Carleton College's Weitz Center for Creativity and former producing director at the Theatre de la Jeune Lune, which received the 2005 Tony Award for outstanding regional theater; David A. Flatley-Executive Director of the Center for Community Arts Partnerships (CCAP) at Columbia College Chicago; Dudley Cocke-award-winning stage director, writer, media producer, and the artistic director of Roadside Theater, a wing of Kentucky's multi-media, rural arts and humanities center, Appalshop. The former Garfield Elementary School at 1838 South 1500 East is the future home of the Westminster Center for the Arts. The college purchased Garfield from Salt Lake City in 2009. "Placing a center for the arts directly in the Sugar House neighborhood is a powerful metaphor for how the arts could be embraced throughout Utah," said David Dynak, director of the Westminster Center for the Arts. "It will be a place that belongs to the community, engages the public and is an active center for creating art." The Arts and Community Symposium is an opportunity to dream, to consider how community cultural development has proceeded in cities across America, and to imagine what implications this work might have for Salt Lake City. The symposium is free and open to the public but registration is required. For a full agenda visit www.westminstercollege.edu/center_for_the_arts. WHO: University students, educators, community members, artists, government agencies and non-profit organizations WHAT: Arts & Community Symposium WHERE: Westminster College 1840 South 1300 East Salt Lake City, Utah WHEN: Oct. 23, 2012 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.   Oct. 24, 2012 2:30-9:30 p.m.

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About Westminster

Westminster is a private, independent, and comprehensive college in Salt Lake City, Utah. Students experience the liberal arts blended with professional programs in an atmosphere dedicated to civic engagement. With the goal of enabling its graduates to live vibrant, just, and successful lives, Westminster provides transformational learning experiences for both undergraduate and graduate students in a truly student-centered environment. Faculty focus on teaching, learning, and developing distinctive, innovative programs, while students thrive on Westminster’s urban Sugar House campus within minutes of the Rocky Mountains.

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