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Longwood to hold second Arts Week, April 16-20

March 28, 2012

Longwood University

Longwood University's second Arts Week, which showcases student and faculty talent, will be held April 16-20.

Activities, all open to the public and all free except the play Steel Magnolias, will include dance performances, screen printings, poetry readings, concerts and recitals, a dance party and the world premiere screening of a film. Many of the outdoor daytime events will take place on Brock Commons at the Chi fountain (in front of Dorrill Dining Hall). In case of inclement weather, activities will probably be moved to the Grand Dining Room in the dining hall.

"We hope that faculty and students will participate in the many activities, even if it's just stopping by the daytime events between classes," said Dr. Erin Devine, assistant professor of art history, one of the organizers. "We have ongoing events year-round, and this week just brings into focus how vibrant the arts programming is at Longwood. This is a great benefit not only to students and faculty but also to this region."

Arts Week kicks off Monday, April 16, at noon with a performance by Phi Mu Alpha brass on Brock Commons at the dining hall. Activities include a "bring your own T-shirt" screen printing by art fraternity Kappa Pi on Tuesday; Meltdown'12, a "fine arts dance party" hosted by student organizations in the arts on Thursday; an ArtXposure Open House with exhibitions of student work and hands-on demonstrations; a Longwood Center for the Visual Arts reception for the newly installed Blackiston Collection; and on Monday evening the national premiere of WaterWalk, an independent film adaptation of a travel memoir by Dr. Steven Faulkner, a Longwood English professor.

Musical performances include concerts by the Wind Symphony and Jazz Ensembles, the Rotunda Sax Quartet, and the student Jamaican drum ensemble Lancer Steel, and a faculty voice and piano recital by Dr. Chris Swanson and Dr. Lisa Kinzer, a Music Department recital, and  a voice recital by student Jared Dawdy.

Among dance performers are the City Dance Troupe and the Longwood Company of Dancers, and guest artist Talita Jackson will give a hip hop dance workshop. Poetry readings will be given by students and guest artist Alex Grant.

Arts Week is sponsored by the Arts Council and funded by the Sprague Cultural Enrichment Fund, created through a bequest from Dr. Rosemary Sprague, a longtime English professor who died in 1991. For more information, email Dr. Charlie Kinzer at kinzerce@longwood.edu.