African drumming, Greek folk dancing, interactive origami and Adinkra printing, and a legacy performance by a world-class violinist are just some of the things Naugatuck Valley Community College students and community members can expect at the debut of the College’s International Arts Festival on Monday, April 17.
The festival kicks off at 1:00 p.m. and will also launch the College as an International Center for the Arts (ICA). Dr. Lisa Dresdner, NVCC Associate Dean of Liberal Arts & Behavioral and Social Sciences, who leads the ICA Steering Committee, says, “establishing NVCC as an International Center for the Arts (ICA) grows out of President Daisy Cocco De Filippis’ vision of NVCC as a hub that connects the intellectual, cultural, and personal lives of our students and surrounding communities. We live in a vibrant world that expresses itself through the creative process every day, and our hope is that NVCC continues to grow as a significant cultural gathering place for the discovery, learning, and engagement about traditional and contemporary art forms that reflect the human experience.”
Many of the festival performances and exhibitions throughout the day will be interactive and will include students as well as community organizations. Plus, a variety of international foods will be available to hungry event-goers. The festival will culminate with a performance by world-class violinist Felipe Karam who is NVCC’s Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence from Brazil. Beginning at 5:00 p.m. Karam will lead a special “legacy” program which will be a mix of conversation and performance and include original musical compositions inspired by his Fulbright teaching and performing experiences. Karam will collaborate with NVCC music and dance students to give this one-of-a-kind performance.
“I celebrate with a grateful heart the talent and generosity of our administration, faculty, students and staff. This labor of love and inclusion is a tribute to NVCC values of support for diversity and community,” said NVCC President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D.
What: 2017 NVCC International Arts Festival
When: Monday, April 17, 2017—1:00-7:00 p.m.
Where: Naugatuck Valley Community College, 750 Chase Parkway, Leever Auditorium and Mainstage Theatre
Cost: The festival is free and open to the public