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Fine and Performing Arts Focus Group Summary
1998 All-University Planning Retreat
September 18, 1998

Facilitator: Robert Chapel

ASPIRATIONS FOR THE FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS:
To be in the top ten among public universities.
To be in the top 25 among public and private universities.
               
Comments: We must stop thinking in terms of constraints, limits, making do. Only by setting bold goals will we be able to go after high-level funding.

WHERE DOES THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA RANK IN THE FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS?
Drama ranks 37th in the US News & World Report rankings.
Art History ranks 16th in the National Research Council rankings.
Architecture ranks 6th in the nation.
Music has no graduate program and is not ranked.
Studio Art has excellent, internationally known faculty, but a small, almost
unknown program.

WHAT DO WE NEED IN ORDER TO REACH OUR ASPIRATIONS?
New facilities for music and art (both art history and studio art).
New facilities for the University Art Museum.
Expanded facilities for drama and architecture.
A change in the mindset at the University. Students interested in the arts generally do not choose to study at UVA. Integrate the arts across the Grounds, make the arts a part of the teaching mission at the University, and incorporate the arts into the University's advising systems.
A Ph.D. program in music. (A Ph.D. proposal has been developed on a new model that combines theory, composition and performance.)
More variety and cultural diversity in arts programming (both internal and external).
Money for facilities, programs, events, and endowments to support both.
A common spokesperson for the arts.
A vibrant message for the arts.
Student involvement in the arts, as majors or as non-majors.
A synergy for the arts resulting from the Carr's Hill Arts Precinct.

QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER:
Should UVA start a School of Fine Arts with its own dean and a separate development staff? Or should the arts expand within the College of Arts and Sciences?
Should creative writing be a part of the fine arts?
Does the proposed media studies program belong in fine arts?
Should UVA develop a program in dance? In film? In radio?

 

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