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Announcing the Year of the Arts

To the Dartmouth community,

Today at 5 p.m. Dartmouth is hosting The Johnny Clegg Band in a free concert on the Green. We hope you will be able to attend and enjoy this wonderful performance. The concert marks the start of a series of major events and initiatives that will officially launch this fall and take place throughout the 2012-13 academic year.

This celebratory year, which we are calling "Year of the Arts," will include a full slate of special artistic programs, artist commissions, and interdisciplinary academic programming. Highlights include the opening of the Black Family Visual Arts Center in September; the 50th anniversary celebration of the Hopkins Center, with special performances by Yo-Yo Ma, John Lithgow, and Jim Jarmusch, among many others; plans for the expansion and renovation of the Hood and the Hop; and campus visits from notable artists as Montgomery Fellows, including Adrian Kohler and Basil Jones, co-founders of the internationally acclaimed Handspring Puppet Company, and Robert Battle, the artistic director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. In addition, there will be a groundbreaking exhibition at the Hood that explores five decades of Aboriginal Australian art; and installations of major new works of public art, including site-specific commissions by world-renowned artists Ellsworth Kelly and Ross Ashton, and a temporary installation of one of Louise Bourgeois' iconic spider sculptures.

As part of this year's campus-wide focus, there also will be events and programming organized by our arts departments and departments outside the arts, such as mathematics, engineering, and neuroscience. With more than a dozen new interdisciplinary courses offered, the arts will be integrated into the course curriculum this year to a record degree.

Dartmouth has long been a leader in championing the arts as part of the collegiate experience: 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 this year exemplify Dartmouth's historic commitment to leadership in the arts and our role as a model for the artistic campus of the 21st century.

A steering committee for Year of the Arts, co-chaired by Music Department Chair Michael Casey and Hop Director Jeff James and including more than 40 people from departments and divisions around the institution, is leading this planning. Support has been provided from individual schools, programs, and departments, as well as from the offices of the President and the Provost. I would like to thank the co-chairs and the many, many other members of our community for the ideas, energy, and dedication they are bringing to this effort.

We hope to see you at many of the upcoming events and encourage you to visit the Year of the Arts Calendar, to which we will be adding as the year progresses. Our goal is to see every member of the community participating in this unprecedented, world-class celebration of the arts at Dartmouth.


Carol Folt

Last Updated: 7/25/18