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New Website Offers Window on the Arts

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 "The role of play writing in my life is the lens through which I see everything and experience everything."

In a YouTube video, Latif Nasser '08 speaks animatedly about his senior year independent project-to write a play-and how "being able to hone my playwriting has really made me a better artist."


Nasser's video is included in the new Arts at Dartmouth website.  The site reveals the depth of the College's arts programs for current and prospective students, and announces performances and programs open to the public.

Provost Barry Scherr spearheaded the site's development, which was a collaborative effort between several academic departments, the Hopkins Center for the Arts, the Hood Museum of Art, the Office of the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, and Web Services.

Academic departments are featured, including art history, studio art, theater, film and media studies, and music, as well as public events sponsored by the Hood and the Hop.

The website "was created more out of a visionary motivation to showcase one of Dartmouth's great strengths that has gone somewhat unsung in recent years," says Kate Conley, associate dean of the faculty for the arts and humanities. "We have alumni of our arts departments working in the film industry-as writers, producers, and actors-as well as in art galleries, as working artists, and on Broadway. These are just a few examples that highlight how successful our arts departments have been over time."

"The website grew out of discussions in the Hop's Advisory Council," explains Jeffrey James, director of the Hopkins Center, "where the idea of clearer and more compelling representations of Dartmouth's arts community was a unanimous goal. We all hope that this is a first step on a path toward more such collaborative efforts."

"Barry was supportive of the way it could bring together people from various departments-academic and non-academic-to create this centralized web page," says Mary Gorman, associate provost.

A key element of the Arts at Dartmouth page is the blend of multimedia features to promote the arts in a visually engaging way. Student testimonials, performance videos, still photographs, and audio all make for a dynamic experience for visitors.

The videos and still imagery on the new Arts at Dartmouth site are hosted on YouTube and Flickr, extending visibility for the College. All of the collaborators have been asked to update content on a regular basis.

Sarah Horton, Nils Nadeau, Mats Lemberger, and Mary Bashaw comprised the project development team, and Nadeau will continue to support the project as site editor. Mike Murray, Michael Sacca, and Dan Maxell Crosby created the interview videos. The management team, composed of Mary Gorman, Kate Conley, Jeffrey James, Brian Kennedy (director of the Hood), and Maria Laskaris '84 (dean of Admissions and Financial Aid), provided direction and support.


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Last Updated: 12/17/08