This semester our Acrylic Paint Pour workshop and Cement Coaster Casting workshop were offered safely in-person, and virtually for students learning remotely. We offered three film screenings, including one under the tent on the Park Manor Quad. And we continued our Arts and Business Conversation series with a live-streamed presentation by Katie Burkhart, founder and lead brand strategist for Matter 7, on operating a purpose-driven organization and the inherent role of storytelling in marketing and branding. The talk was attended by over 90 students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
And our biggest accomplishment of the semester was producing a curated series of digitally presented, 21st-century monologues to demonstrate the complexity, creativity, and resilience of the human spirit when faced with extraordinary challenges. This semester BabsonARTS lived what we were trying to represent, taking on each layered challenge to rehearsing and filming these seven monologues safely under shifting protocols without losing the connection between the actor and audience, even if recorded and presented digitally. We succeeded because of the amazing faculty, staff, guest artists, and above all else, the talented and committed students here at Babson.
When talking about art and creators we often use terms such as innovative, empathetic, and daring. Every artistic endeavor involves some amount of risk-taking, not so unlike every entrepreneurial endeavor. This year forced us to see the risk from the onset: that despite all of our best efforts and diligence that any event could have been lost to circumstances beyond our control. But that is also what makes what we do invigorating and every project unique. Knowing the risk and diving in head first builds confidence, not that everything will work out, but in the value of trying. That our individual and collective ability to succeed is only limited by our ability to imagine the solution.
While my first year leading BabsonARTS as the Director has been a year filled with many twists and turns I am more energized about the future and the importance of the arts, especially at a place such as Babson College. With your support and advocacy we will continue to help students achieve their potential as artists and entrepreneurs. Thank you in advance for your contribution and trust in our work!
We hope that you will join us for some of our spring events and most of all, stay in touch.
Best wishes and happy holidays,
Leslie Chiu, Director
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