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News from the Dean: September 2015

We are still basking in the glow of the success of our inaugural artsUP event on September 20, designed to help accomplish the college's strategic goal of having more people discover and value the arts on campus. On a beautiful sunny afternoon, people of all ages converged on the Arts District to enjoy the Blue Band, design projects in the Stuckeman Family Building, see a variety of performances, paint a collaborative mural, throw pottery, and much more. From the 3-year-old learning to play the saxophone to the alumni printing their own aprons, the event was truly a celebration of the arts at Penn State.

The artsUP schedule included some activities in the Arts and Design Research Incubator (ADRI), which was established last year to provide support for high-impact projects in our college. ADRI has a full slate of events planned for fall 2015, covering topics ranging from how to incorporate play into your work to sonification to graphic medicine. If you’re going to be on campus during the week this fall, I encourage you to check out one of ADRI’s programs. For details and a schedule, visit

With artsUP behind us, we are gearing up for our annual Fall Visit Day for prospective students on October 12. High school students and their families join us to learn more about our degree programs, tour campus, and meet with Arts and Architecture faculty and students. If you have a prospective A&A student in your family, there’s still time to register:

Thanks, as always, for your support of the College of Arts and Architecture. Keep in touch!