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Fall 2004
Why Art Matters
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At UCLA, students of the arts are challenged to find solutions, to take personal responsibility for their work and to bring the evanescent products of the creative imagination into the world with artistic discipline and technical mastery. The things we teach at UCLArts, and the way we teach them — a synergy between the intense focus of the arts conservatory and the open intellectual horizons of the liberal-arts university — produce individuals who are good at seeing what’s around the bend and at seeking practical solutions to complex problems. Perhaps even more importantly, our young artists are able to view things that other people are inclined to take for granted as inherently questionable. That’s what artists do, after all; they pick up the box, shake it and rearrange the pieces. They are always asking “why that way”? An approach to the arts in higher education that links knowledge and practice, that concerns itself with the deep questions that run through and connect established bodies of knowledge, and that impels us to look at the world with new eyes, to listen with new ears and to question our own assumptions can have profound value both within and far beyond the boundaries of the university.

Celebrating the Arts

In the midst of one of the world’s most diverse cities, UCLA is home to remarkable arts and cultural offerings that enrich both the campus and the community. The university’s arts programs, museums, concert halls, galleries, libraries and archives distinguish UCLA as the flagship arts campus of the UC system and as a leading arts and cultural center of the West.

To celebrate the vitality and breadth of its creative achievements, the 2004-’05 academic year has been designated UCLA Year of the Arts. In addition to inaugurating two extraordinary arts buildings — Glorya Kaufman Hall and the Edythe L. and Eli Broad Center — there will be throughout the year numerous opportunities to share and celebrate UCLA’s wealth of knowledge, demonstrate the world-class creativity of its faculty and students and recognize the talents of the university’s performing and visual artists, scholars and curators.

 

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