Dean's Letter

//Marvin V. Curtis

Marvin V. CurtisMagic…Trees…what do those two things have in common? If you have received your new 2012-13 Raclin School of the Arts calendar and the new issue of Aspire magazine, you have read about those two ideas. As I begin my fifth year as dean, I look back at the Raclin School of the Arts as a young tree that is growing stronger, sprouting new branches and deeper roots.

We welcome eight new faculty and one new staff member this fall. We are also announcing a new minor in Arts Management and continuing progress on our Arts Education licensure.  We welcome new students with talent and new ideas. They will challenge us as they strive to increase their knowledge and take their place in the leadership of our collective arts community.

Magic is a key element of the arts.  It happens when one becomes so lost in the artistic endeavor, either as performer or audience, that it brings us to our feet, gives us goose bumps, or brings a tear to our eye. It is that moment when art leaves the page and comes alive in our souls.  This year is designed to be magical, and I invite you to be there for all of the moments.

So we welcome you to the 2012-13 academic year.  We promise to entice, dazzle, and enlighten you in many ways. We choose, as a school, to inspire our students and our community while we challenge all to aspire to a deeper understanding of the artistic elements that lie within us all.  Enjoy all that we have to offer, and we look forward to seeing you at events at the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts.