About The Arts Council
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The arts have the unique ability to teach and communicate in ways that other intellectual activities cannot. Visually, musically and physically, they challenge our thinking, touch our hearts and connect us through collaborative action. Whether it is reflecting upon the impact of the arts in the lecture halls and museums, or participating in the very act of creation in our rehearsal rooms, studios and stages, artistic activities exercise the critical and aesthetic thought processes that we value so highly in our students. Participation in art and performance promotes a sense of community and empathy with the human condition that connects us both culturally and spiritually. These artistic pursuits are essential to the formation of the whole person and fundamental to a dynamic university environment.
The mission of the Boston College Arts Council is to make the experience of art available and meaningful to both the Boston College student body and the wider university community, and to share this with the greater Boston and international communities.
The goals of the BC Arts Council include: increasing the visibility of the arts at Boston College, both on and off campus; improving academic programs in the arts; enhancing Boston College's national academic stature; strengthening participation in the arts from the neighboring communities; increasing student involvement in BC arts programs; developing space and facilities for the arts; and encouraging fundraising for the arts.
A committee of Boston College faculty and administrators, the BC Arts Council represents all of the academic departments in the arts as well as student organizations, the Alumni Association, and the Center for Student Formation. The Executive Committee of the council meets each month to discuss the state of the arts, current Arts Council projects, and issues facing students and faculty in the arts at Boston College. These meetings foster collaboration among the arts departments and inspire new projects. Several subcommittees that meet occasionally include – Alumni & Careers, Technology & the Arts, Awards, Arts Festival Programming, and the Arts Space Task Force. All of the faculty and professionals serving on these committees make up the Arts Council Network, which meets once a semester to network, discuss current programs, and present ideas. The Arts Council Network also includes interested faculty, professionals, and administrators in the arts departments and from around the University.
The Office of the Arts Council comprises one professional program administrator and festival director, two graduate assistants, five undergraduate assistants, two student festival coordinators, and several interns and volunteers for the festival.