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BC Showcases the Arts During Annual Festival: April 24-26

special alumni guest: “south park” producer anne garefino

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (April 2014) — Campus arts in all genres will be celebrated and  showcased—and the achievements of accomplished alumni arts professionals will be highlighted—at Boston College’s 16th annual Arts Festival, Thursday, April 24 through Saturday, April 26, 2014.

Anne Garefino

Returning to campus as a special guest is 1981 alumna Anne Garefino, executive producer of the long-running TV series South Park and Broadway hit The Book of Mormon, which is playing in April at the Boston Opera House.  [More below.]

Open to the public, the three-day festival includes a variety of programming for all ages. This year’s theme, “Filter Your World,” is meant to challenge traditional perspectives on how we perceive and interpret art.

Some 1,000 BC students, faculty and administrators participate in the festival—which last year drew more than 16,500 alumni and area residents, and includes over 80 events, most free. It showcases artists with diverse talents and highlights performing, visual, and literary arts programs. The festival features daily events, exhibits, demonstrations (some with participation from attendees), music and dance showcases.  

Garefino—whose  production credits also include the popular movie Team America: World Police—will be honored with an alumni arts achievement award and will participate in special festival programming on April 24 and 25.

These free, public events include: a career-related interview program titled “Inside the BC Studio,” modeled after Bravo’s Inside the Actor’s Studio (April 24, 3:30-4:15 p.m.) and participation in an “Insider Industry Panel,” with Phil Gilpin (class of 2003), executive director of ITVFest (The Independent Television and Film Festival) (April 24, 4:15-5 p.m.), among other alumni. She also will be at a screening/ discussion of the 2011 South Park documentary Six Days to Air (April 25, 2-3 p.m.). A New Jersey native, Garefino graduated from BC’s Carroll School of Management with a degree in finance. She then worked in public television and later studied film production at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. [More information on Garefino below.]

"The dedication and creative energy of our students, faculty, staff and alumni shape an Arts Festival into one of the most anticipated events on campus.  Each year the festival is better and bigger than the year before.  It is the crowning achievement of everyone’s hard work allowing, at last, the community to experience the wealth of creative talent in three exuberant days of Spring," said BC Theatre Department Associate Professor Crystal Tiala—chair of the University's Arts Council, which organizes the festival.  

The Arts Festival main performance tent is located on the Plaza at O’Neill Library. The Art Tent will be on Stokes Lawn, which also is the site of children’s activities and a smaller stage for more intimate performances, art displays and receptions.


Activities for children and families, on Saturday, April 26 from noon to 5 p.m., include arts and crafts, story hour, sidewalk chalk and an instrument petting zoo. The performance of an original children’s play—titled “Nick of Time,” by BC Theatre Department faculty member Luke Jorgensen—will be presented by students from one of his classes. Also that day from noon to 5 p.m., the Undergraduate Government of Boston College is co-sponsoring activities for families, including an antique car show and barbeque.

Another alumna guest, Frances Dubrowski ’70—project director of Honoring the Future (a nonprofit which uses art to raise public awareness on climate change) and co-chair of the Boston College Energy & Environment Alumni Network (BCEEN) —also will participate in the festival. With collaborators, her presentation includes a slideshow and artists’ panel discussion on environmentally conscious art. The event will be held on April 24 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Devlin Hall room 101.

Also Showcased:

* A production of the award-winning musical comedy “The Drowsy Chaperone” at BC’s Robsham Theater Arts Center. (April 23-27; To purchase tickets:


* Student A Cappella groups whose members prepared for the festival through sessions with Boston-based professional groups.

* Dance showcases featuring BC faculty and student choreographers, and a variety of genres; and dancing with BC bOp!, the University’s popular jazz band.

* Gallery opening/reception in the Arts Tent, which will feature talks by BC student artists.

* The BC McMullen Museum of Art exclusive exhibition: Paris Night & Day: Photography Between the Wars, on view through June 8. More:

* BC Underground, a collaborative arts event that features spoken-word artists, rappers, break dancers, DJ’s and electronic music artists.

* Other highlights: performances by improv groups and the winner of a “battle of bands” competition (these student groups also worked with professional artists in advance of the festival), faculty performances and readings.

Alumni Award Recipient: Anne Garefino, BC Class of 1981

Garefino has been executive producer of more than 150 episodes of Comedy Central’s South Park; now in its 17th season, the show has won numerous awards including five Emmys, a Peabody Award, and a nod from TV Guide as the tenth Greatest TV Cartoon of All Time. Garefino went on to produce two feature-length films with collaborators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999) and Team America: World Police (2004).

Their partnership expanded when they teamed up with Hollywood and Broadway producer Scott Rudin and composer/lyricist Robert Lopez to create The Book of Mormon, which opened on Broadway in March 2011 and continues its run. The production won nine Tony Awards--including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, and Best Original Score--and went on to national and international tours. It will be performed at the Boston Opera House during the month of April.

Garefino will be presented with the annual Boston College Arts Council Alumni Award for Distinguished Achievement— at a public arts awards presentation and reception on April 25 from 4-6 p.m. in the Art Tent located on BC’s Middle Campus by Stokes Hall. Awards will also be presented to recognize artistic accomplishments of students and faculty—including renowned Irish musician and BC Sullivan Artist-in-Residence Séamus Connolly, who will receive the Faculty Award.  According to organizers, the alumni and faculty award recipients serve as role models to BC students and inspire young artists on campus.

[Media note: bio on Garefino, more on her campus activities and previous alumni honorees: /content/bc/offices/artscouncil/festival/guests.html]

More on the Arts Festival

Events begin daily at noon on BC’s Chestnut Hill Campus at 140 Commonwealth Ave. in Chestnut Hill. Venues are handicapped accessible. Afternoons feature art exhibitions, demonstrations, dance, theater and literary events; students’ pottery and crafts available for purchase. Each evening there are featured events and exhibits. The event center is the Plaza at O’Neill Library, with events held in other Middle Campus locations. The performance tent is heated and the festival will be held rain or shine. Rain locations will be posted on the festival web site:  

Arts appreciation is integral to Boston College’s Jesuit mission; BC’s Arts Council supports the growth of art forms on campus and for the enjoyment of the community. Organized by the Arts Council, the BC Arts Festival sponsors include the offices of the President and the Provost, Center for Student Formation, Student Affairs and Carroll School of Management, with support from the Alumni Association and Bookstore.

The Boston College Arts Festival is also coinciding with, and a part of, Boston’s annual Art Week, organized by the Citi Arts Performing Center.

For event locations and updates, visit or call (617) 552-ARTS (2787). Schedule is subject to change. Events with admission fees are indicated.

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