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Creative agency during a pandemic

Music professor and composer urges students to think of constraints as opportunities for creative growth.

Artists have faced constraints that affected their ability to practice their craft throughout history. The limitations artists currently face due to COVID-19—from a lack of access to concert halls and theaters to the inability to collaborate freely with others in person—are not necessarily new. Yet they also pose an opportunity for creative growth, according to…

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Humanities at home

From their kitchen tables and their living rooms, faculty in the School of Humanities and Sciences translate poems, compose music, share childhood memories, read meaningful texts, examine visual artworks, and more.

What has been on the minds of Stanford professors as they navigate this turbulent and anxious time? Where do they find comfort and solace, challenge and struggle, beauty and grace? While many aspects of campus life are now mediated through a computer screen, the extended time apart has offered us a rare chance to hear from faculty informally,…

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Stanford Repertory Theater commemorates Juneteenth with livestreamed reading of Vincent Terrell Durham play

Stanford Repertory Theater (SRT) is one of three dozen theater companies co-presenting a Juneteenth reading of Vincent Terrell Durham’s play Polar Bears, Black Boys & Prairie Fringed Orchids. The reading will be livestreamed via Zoom at 7 p.m. PT on June 19 in recognition of Juneteenth, which commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States. Polar Bears,…

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Staff and students collaborate to showcase student art

Organizers of the annual Spring Arts Fair discover that a virtual gallery has some advantages.

This year’s Spring Art Fair, like most campus events, is virtual by necessity. Initially conceived as an exhibition in Roble Arts Gym organized by the Office of the Vice President for the Arts (VPA) and the student group Professional Art Society of Stanford (PASS), the fair is now a virtual experience. Claudia Dorn, VPA manager…

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Student winners of the Stanford Concerto Competition play on

Earlier this year, sophomores ADDISON JADWIN and ETHAN CHI won the annual Stanford Concerto Competition. The sophomores planned to perform concertos with the Stanford Symphony Orchestra (SSO) this year, but the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted those plans. Jadwin and Chi. (Image credit: Adriana Ramirez Mirabal) Jadwin was to perform the Walton Viola Concerto this quarter and Chi planned to perform the…

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“Here and Elsewhere,” a virtual exhibition and tour

The Department of Art and Art History presents the 2020 senior exhibition.

Here and Elsewhere highlights the work of sixteen graduating students of art practice. During this unprecedented time, students have continued their studies from as far away as New York, Ohio, Arkansas, Massachusetts, and Florida. With impressive resoluteness, they have continued to push forward to make the works presented in this exhibition. Using the 3D modeling program SketchUp to…

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Solidarity, anguish and action

Stanford Office of the Vice President for the Arts stands in solidarity with Black students, colleagues, artists and activists fighting against the racial violence, inequality and systemic injustice.

With yet another Black person, George Floyd, killed at the hands of the police, all across this country protestors have swarmed into streets, risking disease and death. When the words of a people are consistently unheard, their bodies will speak. They will march on the streets, they will declare their pain, and they will make…

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Stanford’s art museums present new digital teaching resources

Each year hundreds of classes and thousands of students and scholars from across campus rely on the Cantor Arts Center and Anderson Collection at Stanford University for access to the art, artists and ideas comprising more than 40,000 objects in the museums’ collections. Though there is no substitute for experiencing art in person, the Cantor and Anderson Collection are…

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“A Geography of Dreams,” a virtual exhibition and tour

The Department of Art and Art History presents the 2020 undergraduate honors thesis exhibition.

This exhibition, curated by Professor Xiaoze Xie, is the culmination of the yearlong honors thesis program in art practice, this group exhibition showcases works by: Rawley Clark, Harry Cole, Ashley Michelle Hannah, Maxwell Menzies, Pham Minh Hieu and Nicholas Robles.

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Department of Music salutes 2020 Deans’ Award winners

We would like to congratulate four winners of the 2020 Deans’ Awards for Academic Achievement, each of whom have included the Department of Music in their Stanford activities while majoring in other areas: Léa Bourgade (upper left) is a senior majoring in Human Biology. Having played the violin for 17 years, she seeks to combine her musical…

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Student photographs showcase the beauty and diversity of the world around us

A snapshot of a shrub growing amidst the smooth sand dunes of the Gobi Desert – where signs of life are largely absent – is the winner of the 2020 Stanford Global Studies Student Photo Contest. Captured by international relations major SERENA ZHANG when she was interning in China one summer, the winning image, Life, Rooted, inspires a feeling…

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Painting your mantra workshop

A profile of one of the COVID-10 Creative Response Grant projects.

The Office of Vice President for the Arts has created a grant program that cultivates artistic engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 Creative Community Response Grant is open to students, faculty and staff, in recognition of the impact COVID-19 has had on the entire Stanford community and the need for everyone to find new modes of…

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Online recorder choir welcomes all

A profile of one of the COVID-19 Creative Response Grant projects.

The Office of Vice President for the Arts has created a grant program that cultivates artistic engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 Creative Community Response Grant is open to students, faculty and staff, in recognition of the impact COVID-19 has had on the entire Stanford community and the need for everyone to find new modes of…

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Stanford, but in Minecraft

A profile of one of the COVID-19 Creative Community Response Grant projects.

The Office of Vice President for the Arts has created a grant program that cultivates artistic engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 Creative Community Response Grant is open to students, faculty and staff, in recognition of the impact COVID-19 has had on the entire Stanford community and the need for everyone to find new modes of…

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Podcasting from an empty campus

A profile of one of the COVID-19 Creative Community Response Grant projects.

The Office of Vice President for the Arts has created a grant program that cultivates artistic engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 Creative Community Response Grant is open to students, faculty and staff, in recognition of the impact COVID-19 has had on the entire Stanford community and the need for everyone to find new modes…

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COVID-19’s impact on Stanford arts events

Stanford University has been closely monitoring the rapidly evolving events surrounding COVID-19, also known as novel coronavirus. The university is working to take steps that inhibit, rather than accelerate, the ability of infection to spread. Events that bring participants to campus have been canceled or postponed. This includes a range of arts performances, public lectures,…

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