Jan 28, 2014

Norwich U. Symposium will Explore Art and Identity in Community

Norwich University School of Architecture + Art hosts symposium on community art and identity

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University School of Architecture + Art will host a symposium on Community Arts: Authenticity and Identity on Friday, Feb. 7, from 2 - 4 p.m. in the Chaplin Hall Gallery.

Anni Mackay, who has devoted her energies for 10 years to bringing art and community together as owner and director of the Bigtown Gallery in Rochester, Vt., will moderate a panel exploring how the arts can meaningfully contribute to the evolution of a community’s physical, cultural and natural environment and celebrate authenticity.

“Authenticity is emerging as a fundamental value for discussion within all areas of architecture and the arts. It is a value that is particularly relevant to Vermont, a state which is so attentive to its public identity. Authenticity is essential to an understanding of true identity and vitality within our communities,” says Mackay.

Panelists from Vermont and Rhode Island, among them a professional arts administrator, working artist, activist, architect, educator, historian and journalist, will discuss their experiences on how the arts create community vitality.

“It is our hope that everyone will leave the symposium inspired by the depth and the commitment of our panelists’ leadership in the arts,” says Mackay.

Panelists include:

  • Manuel Cordero Alvarado – Architect and co-founder and president, DownCity Design – Providence, R.I.
  • Pieter Broucke – Director of the arts/Middlebury College art historian – Middlebury, Vt.
  • Jay Craven – Filmmaker – Kingdom County Productions – Barnet, Vt.
  • Anne Galloway – Political editor, former art critic and founder, VT Digger – Montpelier, Vt.
  • Robert McBride – Community arts activist and downtown developer –Rockingham Arts and Museum Project – Bellows Falls, Vt.

“Cultural institutions and artists animate our communities,” says Cara Armstrong, interim director of the School of Architecture + Art.  “They bring disparate people together to share common experiences, stimulate our imaginations and help foster a rich and varied quality of life. It is critical that we have events like this symposium so we can better understand how to support and create art, architecture, and culture as tools for revitalizing communities.”

This event is free and open to the public. 

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). www.norwich.edu