Arts Buzz: May 16, 2016 | Work of Arts
Arts Buzz: May 16, 2016 | Work of Arts

Arts Buzz: May 16, 2016

Arts Buzz is a weekly roundup of Arts news and must-see events.

Arts Buzz has made the leap from the Faculty of Arts website to our WOA blog. We’re piloting this shift with the goal of providing additional content in a more blog-friendly format, which can engage not only our Faculty of Arts community, but the greater Edmonton Arts community. Any feedback is welcomed, and contact information is posted below.


Volunteers help box up donations during the UAlberta Fort Mac Fundraiser last week.

This week in Arts Buzz, we celebrate donations raised for Fort McMurray residents, talk theatre adaptation and compassion in the face of adversity. Enjoy!


› Last week, around 2,000 University of Alberta community members came together in support of Fort McMurray’s displaced residents and raised $16,435 and 90 boxes of donations for the Red Cross relief effort.

› Grande Prairie Regional College valedictorian and visual art and design graduate Jennifer Tourangeau shares her battle with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder in this Daily Herald-Tribune article – “Graduation means world to Valedictorian” –and her plans to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree here at UAlberta.

› YouthWrite, a writing camp for kids in Alberta founded by Arts alumna, author Gail Sidonie Sobat, is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this summer and launching an adult writing residency.

› MFA directing student Suzie Martin shares her thoughts on theatre adaptation in this Curious Arts post during Studio Theatre’s original production Or The Whale.

› The university has revealed the Academic Women’s Association’s new executive team and it is stacked with talented Arts faculty and staff.


› A UAlberta joint project with Cape Breton University, which teaches people music from around the world and how it can influence positive change, has received funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

› Department of Anthropology assistant professor and archeologist Kisha Supernant has won the prestigious Provost’s Award for Early Achievement in Undergraduate Teaching Excellence for 2016.


› If you missed the New Maternalisms: Redux exhibition launch last week, don’t worry, it runs in FAB Gallery until June 4.  The exhibition – curated by Art & Design professor Natalie S. Loveless – addresses the prejudice, social injustice, inequalities and realities of motherhood through performance art.


› Arts alumnus and ATB Chief Economist Todd Hirsch (’89 BA) weighs in on the Fort McMurray fire in this Globe and Mail column – “Fort McMurray blaze shows what ‘the economy’ is really about” – and reminds us that compassion, not calculation, wins out in times of crisis.

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