Student Voices is a WOA blog feature that presents the experiences and point of views of current arts students around campus. Get to know our creative and passionate students through their “voices” and get a snapshot of life as an arts undergrad. The views and opinions expressed within these student voices posts are solely those of the author.
The University of Alberta campus is thought to be all about the sciences and engineering. What some people do not realize is that the UofA is one of the biggest artistic hubs in Alberta, and here are four very important reasons why:
1) First of all, we have Convocation Hall. The beautiful building to the west of Arts Quad (yes, Arts Quad. Not Business Quad. Arts!) houses one of the busiest concert halls in all of Alberta. The University of Alberta puts on more concerts in a year than any other concert holder in Alberta. And once you go there a few times, you’ll see why. At nearly any given time, you can find thrilling student music recitals, beautiful faculty performances, spectacular international travelling superstars, bands too big to fit on stage, orchestras that make the air hum with excitement, and organ players that make you vibrate in your seat.
2) Then we have the Timms Centre for the Arts. The Department of Drama holds residency here. Many student performances can be found in the theatres here. One of my favourites recently was Angels in America. It was a spectacular performance, and something I doubt I would see anywhere else in Alberta. The risks and chances the students at this University take can pay off immensely. And the performances are usually extremely inexpensive. Anyone up for a date?
3) Most Fine Arts students can be found at any time in the Fine Arts Building (FAB). Besides being the main academic centre for artistic endeavours, this large brown building houses performance spaces for both the Music (Studio 2-7) and Drama (The Corner Stage) departments as well as gallery space for the Art & Design department. You can also wander through the building and find random works of art that seem to have appeared out of nowhere: I recently found a forgotten chair at the top of one of the fire escape staircases suspended handily in a web of string. And let’s not mention all of the “controversial” works that appear sporadically throughout the year.
4) One of the places that most students will enjoy, from an artistic standpoint, is the Student’s Union Building. Both Dinwoodie Lounge and the Myer Horowitz Theatre offer amazing performances throughout the year. While there is certainly opportunity to improve the presence of the Arts community in SUB, both of these venues offer some world-class talent.
The University of Alberta is a hub of artistic activity. You can find numerous places throughout the various buildings where art is being created and enjoyed. Even if you are not an artist, check out a few of these venues: you will not be disappointed.