Speaking of the good life, the UGA campus and Athens, GA are blessed with many of the qualities by which we define that concept - walkability, a great library, an eclectic mix of people, and an arts scene that is deep and wide. If we were a sports franchise, I would say our bench players would be starting for most other teams around the league - at any level. Because of the people who have been coming to the University as faculty and students for decades, the arts are a major identifier of our campus and community. The breadth of theatre offerings here has both a distinguished pedigree and ongoing vibrancy. The volume of visual artists, a pursuit for which no locale is truly hospitable, produces a level of work on par with any major city. Dance and movement are thriving. And... Canopy? Does that practice even exist anywhere else? Oh, yes, and that music scene.
And that's another thing - even writing about this subject you leave out most of it: Georgia Museum of Art, UGA Performing Arts Center, The Georgia Review. Now UGA will tie together all of these efforts in order to shine a light on all of them. A Spotlight:
The University of Georgia will spotlight the arts during a nine-day festival in November when members of the UGA Arts Council will host events and activities that include concerts, theater and dance performances, art exhibitions, poetry readings, author panels and book signings, lectures and discussions on the arts and creativity, and more.
UGA has played a foundational role in building the reputation of Athens as one of America's top destinations for the arts, providing the physical and intellectual infrastructure for study and performance that brings together students, faculty and the community.
"The arts are an integral part of the fabric of UGA, a powerful thread that helps us define ourselves and our community," said Jere Morehead, UGA senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. "As the place where so many artists, writers, actors and musicians first find their voice, UGA offers a richness of opportunity for members of the university community and audiences from throughout the area to participate in the arts."