Some 800 BC students, administrators, faculty and employees will share their talents in music, dance, drama, poetry, film, photography, speaking, writing and other forms of artistic expression during the festival, which is attended by thousands of people from the University community, including alumni, as well as area residents.
"The Arts Festival has grown tremendously over the last five years, and this one should be the most extensive yet," said Prof. Jeffery Howe (Fine Arts), chair of the University's Arts Council, which organizes the Arts Festival. "There are many new features, and new groups performing. The quality of BC's arts offerings is higher than ever."
The 60 events held as part of the festival will engage and entertain attendees of all ages, who are invited to take part in "hands-on" experimentation with ceramics, painting and other artistic media. A full program of activities for children, including theater, crafts and story hour, also will be offered on Saturday, April 26, and families are encouraged to attend.
Highlights of this year's Arts Festival will include the presentation of the first annual alumni award for artistic achievement to actor Chris O'Donnell '92 by University President William P. Leahy, SJ. The festival's fifth anniversary will be visually commemorated through a sculpture project that features 17 five-foot "fives" decorated by members of student groups and organizations. These sculptures will shortly begin appearing in various campus locations, and will be displayed in O'Neill Plaza during the festival. A panel of judges will select the winning "five" sculpture.
McIntyre Professor of English J. Robert Barth, SJ, who was a major architect of the festival while College of Arts and Sciences dean, will celebrate a "Mass for the Arts: Signs and Wonders" on April 26 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in O'Neill Plaza. The event is open to all faiths and will include music, dance and visual arts.
Also on April 26 will be a 6 p.m. buffet dinner hosted by the Alumni Association and Arts Council in the Welch Dining Room of Lyons Hall. The $40-per-person event, which is open only to alumni, will feature presentation of the first-ever Arts Council alumni award to O'Donnell, who made his screen debut in 1990 while still a marketing student at BC.
The festival will be held rain or shine: A performance tent will be located on O'Neill Plaza, and a list of alternate indoor locations in case of inclement weather will be made available on the Arts Festival Web site, www.bc.edu/arts, which also includes a continuously updated schedule.
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