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Arts Alive SDSU’s Discovery Series Returns for Second Year

The visual and performing arts series highlights intersections among the arts, humanities, and sciences, prompting conversations about meaningful issues

Arts Alive SDSU’s Discovery Series Returns for Second Year

Arts Alive SDSU Discovery Series Year 2

by Elizabeth Allison

August 30, 2021

In Fall 2021, Arts Alive SDSU will continue the Discovery Series events for the program’s second year. Working with the School of Art and Design, the School of Music and Dance, and the School of Theatre, Television, and Film, Arts Alive SDSU will showcase a selection of curriculum-based art exhibitions and performances featuring student artists.

With the support of One SDSU, Arts Alive will host interdisciplinary panel conversations in correlation with each event listed below. The dialogue will feature guest artists and SDSU faculty from various academic units, who will discuss how the arts impact the understanding or critical interpretation of cultural topics.

By bridging the arts with the humanities and sciences, the Discovery Series affirms the value of the arts as an essential research practice.

Both In-Person and Online

The inaugural year of the Discovery Series coincided with the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, which required Arts Alive SDSU to adopt online platforms to present each event. Now, as the campus has resumed in-person instruction for Fall 2021, and many of the arts events will take place in galleries and live performance venues, Professor Eric Smigel, Chair of Arts Alive SDSU, recognizes the practicality of retaining the online panel discussions.

“The webinar format granted all of us access to guest artists and scholars who might not otherwise have been available,” said Smigel. “This proved to be such a valuable opportunity for our students that we’ve decided to continue with the online discussions this season, even when the corresponding art event will be produced in person.”

The interdisciplinary panels will begin in late September.

Fall 2021 Events

There are three Discovery Series events in Fall 2021.

Free Play Project

September 24 - October 3, 2021

Get tickets for the Don Powell Theatre performance here.

Interdisciplinary Panel: Wednesday, September 22 (11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.)
Register for the Zoom webinar here.

Miku, and the Gods:

October 29 - November 5, 2021

Get tickets for the Don Powell Theatre performance here.

Interdisciplinary Panel: Tuesday, October 26 (4:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m.)

Register for the Zoom webinar here.

Nothing Gold Can Stay:

November 4, 2021

Get tickets for the Balboa Theatre (Downtown San Diego) performance here.

Interdisciplinary Panel: Wednesday, Nov. 3, (4-5:30 p.m.)

Registration for the Zoom webinar here.

About Arts Alive

Arts Alive SDSU is dedicated to providing opportunities for students, faculty, and staff at San Diego State University to engage in the arts as an integral part of a comprehensive education that promotes creative research, interdisciplinary collaboration, professional innovation, and personal enrichment on campus and in the community.

The content within this article has been edited by Lizbeth Persons.

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