For the first time in several decades, the University of Wisconsin-Madison is considering the addition of a new college, the College of the Arts.
Jim Escalante, professor of art, demonstrates a paper making process during his Artists’ Books class.
Photo: Bryce Richter
The initiative aims to frame a meaningful discussion of the merits, challenges, and opportunities for a more unified approach to research, practice, and performance in the arts.
“A unified College of the Arts would bring great benefit and focused support to the arts at UW-Madison,” says Norma Saldivar, executive director of the Arts Institute and professor of theatre and drama. “The College of the Arts Initiative looks at developing a comprehensive, cohesive plan for reorganizing which keeps in mind advancing faculty needs and interests, student learning outcomes and increasing demands for effectiveness and efficiency.”
The proposed College of the Arts would comprise the existing School of Music and the departments of art history, theatre and drama (all currently part of the College of Letters and Science); the departments of art and dance (currently part of the School of Education) and the department of design studies (currently a part of the School of Human Ecology), as well as several administrative units.
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