Just Before Dawn, Alan Shuptrine, 21x26, watercolor

Just Before Dawn, Alan Shuptrine, 21×26, watercolor

This Monday, SCEA (Southeast Center for Education in the Arts) is hosting a pop-up exhibit and lecture to explore The Serpentine Chain, an interdisciplinary collaboration between nationally acclaimed artist Alan Shuptrine and NY Times best selling author Sharyn McCrumb that celebrates the people and traditions of Appalachia. The lecture series is free and open to the public and invites UTC faculty, staff, students, and members from the surrounding community to take part on September 12th from 7:00pm-8:30pm in the UC Auditorium.

“Our student advisory group SAIL (Students for Arts and Interdisciplinary Learning)  is launching next week as part of celebrating National Arts in Education Week on campus and will be there helping out during the Monday lecture,” said Laurie Melnik, Executive Director of SCEA.

When attendees enter the UC Auditorium Lobby, they will have an opportunity to respond to the prompt “I come from a place…” through written words and/or drawing images.

Beloved, Alan Shuptrine, 44 X 60 watercolor

Beloved, Alan Shuptrine, 44 X 60 watercolor

‘I come from a place…’ will be used in upcoming SCEA programs including our ongoing work with extending the The Serpentine Chain Collection in PreK-12 schools across the state of Tennessee. During Monday’s lecture, SAIL students will assemble a piece on a portable gallery wall that attendees will be able to view at they leave the UC Auditorium. We hope this will generate excitement about SAIL and our ongoing work with The Serpentine Chain,” Melnik said.

Keep reading to find out about the full schedule of events for the inaugural celebration of National Arts in Education Week at UTC.

Monday September 12th
National Arts in Education Week Pop-Up Exhibit and Lecture Series: The Serpentine Chain 
UC Auditorium, University Center, Doors Open at 6:00pm, 7:00pm Talk
Join us for our inaugural lecture series where  Participate in contributing artifacts to a pop-up exhibit in the UC Auditorium lobby based on emerging themes from the project. |
Free and open to the public.

Tuesday September 13th
SAIL Welcome and First General Meeting! 
Jim Lewis Studio Theatre at the Fine Arts Center 5:00pm
We are excited to extend an invitation to all UTC students to join and participate in the new student organization SAIL: Students for Arts and Interdisciplinary Learning!
Open to all UTC students

Wednesday September 14th
“Arts Education is important because…” 
University Center Lobby 12:00pm-2:00pm
Join the members of the Southeast Center for Education in the Arts and SAIL in the UC lobby as we talk about the importance of Arts Education. What do you think?

Thursday September 15th
Guest Speaker Event!
University Center Ocoee Room 12:30pm-1:30pm
Bring your lunch and join us for this exciting opportunity to hear from our guest speakers! Guest Speakers: Dr. Gavin Townsend, Professor of Art History, and Stephanie Crowell, Program Coordinator Continuing Education.

Friday September 16th
Guest Speaker Event!
University Center Ocoee Room 12:30pm-1:30pm
Bring your lunch and join us for this exciting opportunity to hear from our guest speakers! Guest Speakers: Gaye Jeffers, Associate Professor of Theatre (Playwright and Director), and Nikolasa Tejero, Associate Professor, Music Theory and Applied Clarinet

Saturday September 17th
SAIL Arts and Interdisciplinary Workshop
Room 211 Guerry Acting Studio 9:00am-12:00pm
Join us as we explore activities in Theatre and Visual Art. No experience is required so come on out and join the fun!
Open to all students.

For more information about any event please contact Joseph Ellison at Joseph-Ellison@mocs.utc.edu

Special thanks to the Shuptrine’s, the Department of Performing Arts, the Department of Art, the Department of English, the Department of Continuing Education, and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs for your support!


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