Organized by the Boston College Arts Council, the festival will feature live drama, music, dance, film screenings and other samplings of the visual, culinary and literary arts in several locations across campus. The diverse talents of faculty and student musicians, actors, singers, dancers, painters, photographers, sculptors, writers, filmmakers and others will be showcased during the two-day event. [See below .]
"The arts are more important than ever at Boston College," said Arts Council Chairman Assoc. Prof. Jeffery Howe (Fine Arts). "The festival will celebrate our artists, performers and curators, and present their achievements to a wide audience."
An opening ceremony on O'Neill Plaza at noon on April 27 will feature the presentation by University President William P. Leahy, SJ of Arts Council Awards honoring faculty and student contributions to the arts at Boston College. Following the ceremony, the popular a cappella student group BC bOp! will perform, accompanied by members of the Swing Kids Dance Club.
O'Neill Plaza also will be the site for a collaborative sculpture by Adj. Asst. Prof. Mark Cooper (Fine Arts) and a ceramics demonstration, while Devlin Hall and exhibition tents host exhibits of student drawing, photography and other forms of art, as well as film screenings. Participants will be invited to try their hand at various activities, including ceramics, drawing and painting.
Other festival highlights include a performance of Gilbert and Sullivan's "Patience , " poetry and fiction readings by faculty and students and concerts by various music ensembles.
The festival's climax will take place in O'Neill Plaza at 7:30 p.m. on April 28, when attendees will have the chance to learn and participate in swing dancing to music provided by BC bOp!
For more information, contact festival coordinator Cathi Fournier at ext.2-4935 or call the festival hotline at ext.2-ARTS. The Arts Festival World Wide Web site, http://www.bc.edu/arts, also provides information and updates.
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