Visual arts

Florida State University Launches Creative Arts Festival

Florida State University’s Office of Research presents the Creative Arts Festival, a collaborative, campus-wide event showcasing the diverse voices, talents, and creativity of FSU faculty and students.

Departments across campus will come together October 6-9 to celebrate the innovation and diversity that result from combining diverse mediums and topics.

The festival will feature a wide range of interactive exhibits, including film screenings and discussions led by FSU faculty and symposia covering topics such as the future of arts education and the interconnectedness of science. and writing.

“The festival is a celebration of the diversity of creative talent on campus,” said associate organ professor Iain Quinn, who organized the weekend’s events. “With the participation of over 300 students and teachers, we have six first performances, all kinds of documentary screenings, concerts, children’s events, symposiums, author readings, MagLab activities, the Marching Chiefs and the Circus. Our original concert piece “Premiere” features school and community choirs. We sincerely want all members of the community to explore the world of research and the arts at FSU.

All events are free and open to the public.

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A list of events includes:

Thursday, October 6

Imagining the Future – Educating the Next Generation

Symposium with teachers discussing the future of arts education

Lori Gooding, Steve Kelly, Lorenzo Pericolo, Sara Scott Shields

5:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
Dohnányi Recital Hall, Housewright Building, College of Music

Bold female doctors

Screening of a documentary on women doctors of the 19th century

Discussion after the screening.

Valerie Scoon, Jing Wang

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
College of Cinematic Arts

friday october 7

science and words

Discover how a cyborg poet, a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, and a graphic novelist engage science in their writing.

Robert Olen Butler, Russ Franklin, Jillian Weise

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Imagining the Future – Educating the Next Generation

Symposium with teachers discussing the future of arts education

Leon Anderson, Geoffrey Deibel, David Kirby, Sahoko Sato Timpone

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Dohnányi Recital Hall, Housewright Building, College of Music

Music and visual arts

Textile Music; Improvise on images; Choral works inspired by Art

Kari Adams, Karen Large, Stephanie Sickler, Liliya Ugay, Levana.

7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Opperman Music Hall, College of Music.

Saturday October 8

Prelude to a premiere

A joint performance by the Marching Chiefs and the FSU Flying High Circus

Patrick Dunnigan, Chad Matthews

9:30-10:10 a.m.
Westcott Square

Paint the town!

Activity for children from 5 to 10 years old.

Collaborate on a large mural featuring images of historic, iconic and memorable places in Tallahassee.

Sara Scott’s Shields

Exhibition by interior architecture and design students and Studio D.

Marlo Randsdell

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
William Johnston Building


Participate in the creation of a new piece for public and orchestra on a text by Paul Dirac. Works by Nico Gutierrez, Jessie Montgomery, Sibelius and a rare performance by Vaughan Williams Tuba Concerto.

Justin Benavidez, Nico Gutierrez, Michael Hanawalt, Alexander Jimenez, Mark Riley,
University Symphony Orchestra and University Choirs

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Ruby Diamond Concert Hall

beyond the stage

A look behind the scenes Sweet Charity

12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Richard G. Fallon Theatre, School of Theater

RSO Showcase

Join us for a wide range of performances by recognized student organizations.

3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Club Downunder, student union

Invisible History – Central Florida’s Hidden Roots

Screening of the Emmy-winning documentary about the roots of slavery in Florida

Discussion after the screening.

Maxine Jones, Valerie Scoon

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
College of Cinematic Arts

Sunday October 9


First performance of an interdisciplinary work with the contribution of more than 30 students in creative writing, fine arts, music, theater and dance

Anjali Austin, director

2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Nancy Smith Fishter Dance Theatre, School of Dance

MagLab masterpieces

Explore the intersection of science and art in the world’s most powerful magnet laboratory.

Create your own magnet-inspired artwork!

4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.