16 October 2018
October is Arts Month in the Pikes Peak region. In observance of the annual local initiative, UCCS will showcase a variety of events both at both downtown Gallery of Contemporary Arts and at the Ent Center.
Arts Month is coordinated annually by the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region to raise awareness for the quality, diversity and value of arts and culture in the community according to its website.
The UCCS Theatreworks’ production, “A Raisin in the Sun”, is just one of the events commemorating art at UCCS and will be performed in the Ent Center until Oct. 21.
“It’s important for students and the school to encourage the arts. Generally, the arts don’t get as much recognitions as they deserve. There are so many different types of expression: film, photography, theater, art,” said freshman Brianna Beassa prior to a showing of “A Raisin in the Sun.” “It’s important to showcase the events that promote these expressions.”
Freshman Dakotah Krell also attended a showing of “A Raisin in the Sun” with her GPS class.
“It’s cool that UCCS gets behind art on campus,” said Krell. “Being here with my class, GPS Studio A, I’m able to recognize the visual arts alongside my classmates.”
Other events will take place throughout October.
“A Letter to My Nephew,” presented by the Artist Series, will be performed on Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. in Shockley-Zalabak Theater.
On Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m., visiting guest artist Aleck Karis will perform Late Piano Music of Mozart and Debussy in the Chapman Foundations Recital Hall.
On the final weekend of “A Raisin in the Sun” and prior to upcoming performances of “Lysistrata,” a panel led by Public Theater Producer Stephanie Ybarra will discuss women in arts leadership, modes of community outreach and diversity in the theater. The pre-show discussion before “A Raisin in the Sun” is set for Oct. 21 at 2:30 p.m. in Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater.
Arts Bacchanal, an arts festival in celebration of film, poetry, sculpture, dance, photography and performance celebration by UCCS Students, will be held on Oct. 25 and 26 from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Oct. 27 from 1 to 2 p.m. and 6 to 7:30 p.m., and Oct. 28 from 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 25 through 28, Theatreworks will present “Lysistrata” in the Chapman Foundations Recital Hall.
NASA engineer Kobie Boykins will present an update on the explorations of Mars on Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. in Shockley-Zalabak Theater.
In Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater, a panel with UCCS faculty and community members will be held on Oct. 28 at 2:30 p.m. to examine what the play “Lysistrata” might mean for people today.
UCCS students are able to attend Arts Month events free of charge.