Spring Arts Week 2021 Brings Joy During Pandemic

Thursday, April 1, 2021

A Message from Wendy Givoglu, Interim President, East and Winter Park Campuses

Spring Arts Week 2021, Valencia College’s first completely virtual arts festival, took place from Monday, March 1 – Friday, March 5, 2021. It was inspiring to see how our creative community members adapted to sharing their craft through various virtual mediums. Thirty-four live Zoom and pre-uploaded events took place, and 559 virtual tickets were distributed to students, faculty, staff and the community. Workshop supplies were mailed to 60 students.

East and Winter Park presenters included:

  • Kristin Abel, professor, theater technology: Professional Career Panel – Live Entertainment Design and Production
  • Chris Brown, teaching lab supervisor: Online Open Mic!
  • Dominic DiPaolo, professor, digital media: Artist Career Panel – Digital Media
  • Moe Fowler, coordinator, film production: Professional Career Panel – Film
  • Carlye Frank, professor, art: How to Apply for the East Campus Student Art Show
  • Alan Gerberprofessor, music: Artist Career Panel – Musical Theatre
  • Celine Kavalec, professor, English: Awakening the Creative Spirit Through Mindfulness
  • Ginny Kopf, professor, theater: Dialects for State and Film
  • Rebekah Lane, professor and director, School of Arts and Entertainment: Singing with Puppets
  • Michelle Mailhot, part-time faculty, music: Sing your Heart Out!
  • Laci Penton, part-time faculty, music technology: Professional Career Panel – Sound and Music Technology
  • Hank Van Puttenpart-time faculty, NSE, and Shari Koopmannprofessor, English: The Story of Your Name
  • Nicole Valentino, professor, English: Origami Cranes: Sharing Hope and Good Fortune

The festival this year had an added layer of poignancy for Chris, when he facilitated the Slam Poetry Open Mic for the second year.

“Last year, it was the last event I led in person before Spring Break and the shutdown,” Chris said. “It’s been an isolating year, one of reflection, but these memories keep me feeling fine. Keep practicing your art, friends.”

Each workshop created a sense of joy in the art, friendship across discipline and community across distance.

“We are fortunate to have such teachers and artists among us, and I am deeply thankful for the gifts that were shared this year,” Rebekah shared.

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