Happy New Year and welcome back! I hope everyone is returning to campus feeling rejuvenated after a well-deserved break.
The year ahead is filled with exciting milestones for our Faculty. Our fine arts departments – Art & Design, Drama and Music – turn 50 this year, the Arts Building and Convocation Hall turn 100, and we will officially have more than 50,000 living Arts alumni (who, as we know, are doing amazing work all around the world).
2015 also marks the 100th anniversary of the U of A Alumni Association, and they’re kicking off the celebrations with the Green & Glow Winterfest from January 29-31. This will be a truly one-of-a-kind event on campus, with light displays, art, music and fun activities for the whole family.
I’m proud to say that many people from the Arts community are helping to bring the festival to life: Dylan Toymaker (’98 BA), for example, is designing and building a special light garden and creating 100 lanterns for alumni to carry in a parade through Quad; Amy Shostak (’07 BA) is directing the “Quad Squad Improv” activities; and Department of Music faculty member Scott Smallwood is contributing his talents as a soundscape composer.
As we face a fresh year, we know that there will be some challenges ahead. But I believe the best approach as we move forward is to continue to tackle our work and our studies with the passion, optimism and determination that we are known for in Arts.
My best wishes for a productive and successful term.
Dean of Arts