College of Arts and Architecture alumna Tetyana Pyatovolenko is part of a team of current college students and recent alumni from across the country who are launching “Arts&,” an Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities-funded (a2ru) initiative intended to expand the arts as a form of research and promote arts-centered interdisciplinary collaboration through creative “salons.” The first event, a dance performance and conversation, will take place at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, on the Palmer Museum of Art Plaza. Penn State School of Theatre undergraduate Morgan Kauffman will perform “Time in Motion Study: An Extension of Performance in the Digital Age” as part of her Schreyer Honors College thesis.
Pyatovolenko, who graduated in spring 2016 with her M.M. in cello performance, attended the a2ru Emerging Creatives Student Summit in March 2016, where she met her Arts& collaborators: Anastasiya Kopteva, current undergraduate at the University of Houston; Bailey Barrow and Cima Khademi, current undergraduates at the University of Alabama–Birmingham; Matthew Depaula, current student at Louisiana State University; and Willie Caldwell, Berklee College of Music alumnus and current graduate student at Virginia Tech. During the conference they developed and submitted a proposal for Arts&, and later received a grant to fund the initiative. Pyatovolenko said they plan to use the grant money to help other students share their creative work and promote collaboration by providing funds for marketing, facilities, and event-specific costs such as costumes.
“Our ultimate goal is to promote the importance of research in the arts and arts-centered interdisciplinary collaboration,” said Pyatovolenko. “We also hope to provide a diverse student body with the opportunity to think creatively while working on projects for their classes.”
For more information, visit artsandinitiative.wixsite.com/central.