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Dean's Letter

//Marvin V. Curtis

deanIt has been an exciting semester for us. There were art exhibitions, communication forums, and senior recitals. SMASH was a great theatrical hit with several students competing for honors at the Kennedy Center Collegiate Theater Festival in January. 

The performance of Swan Lake was attended by 650 people on a Wednesday night. It was truly a spectacular evening opening with the premiere of the Amelia, composed by music professor John Mayrose and performed by the IUSB Philharmonic led by Jameson Cooper. Many thanks to Carolyn Hine-Johnson and Vladimir Sorokin, who choreographed the ballet. 

And now, the season of light is upon us and the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts brings you a chance to get into the holiday spirit. 

On November 29-30 and December 1-2, the IU South Bend Theatre Company will present It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play in the Upstage Theater.

Graduating visual arts and new media students’ work is currently on exhibit in three locations across campus for the fall BFA show.

On Friday, December 7, we will present the annual Teddy Bear Concert in the Campus Auditorium. All of our choirs will perform along with the IUSB Jazz Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, and Philharmonic. Enjoy the debut of our African dancers led by Kellie Morgan, and our tap kick line directed by Karen Pajor. We will end the evening with 78 dancers performing, along with the entire music ensemble, The 12 Days of Christmas. Admission is a new stuffed teddy bear that will be donated to the South Bend Center for the Homeless.

Let us think about what this season means, and be grateful for the gift of art. It allows us to define a culture, to mend a broken spirit, to bring a smile, and to comfort in times of sorrow. 

“The arts are not just a nice thing to have or to do if there is free time or if one can afford it,” said First Lady Michele Obama in 2009 at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. “Rather, paintings and poetry, music and fashion, design and dialogue, they all define who we are as a people and provide an account of our history of the next generation.”  

The arts inspire us to reach deep within our souls to find that something special. This is the season of light—whether from a Christmas star or a Hanukah menorah. My wish is that art will continue to be our light, and for our students. May it always lead them to their highest aspirations.