Monday, March 05, 2012
The University of West Georgia is proud to announce the creation of the School of the Arts, which will focus and lend support to all artistic offerings on the campus. The school will also serve as the university’s artistic liaison with the surrounding community.
As part of UWG's College of Arts and Humanities, the school will support campus arts, encourage collaboration across disciplines and build connections with other departments that also undertake creative endeavors, said Tommy Cox, the school’s director.
Cox, who is also a theatre professor, will look for chances to collaborate with student groups and other departments on special programs. He hopes to coordinate a subscription series to showcase UWG’s visual and performing arts.
“Because everyone is always so busy, they very rarely get to look at the big picture. That’s what I’ll be able to do,” he said.
Cox will be the point of contact for the community in UWG’s artistic outreach efforts. “We are going to be much more visible to the region now,” he said. “I am going to focus a lot on building bridges within our community. We want to recruit top notch students and faculty.”
Cox has introduced the School of the Arts to the Kiwanis, Lions and Rotary clubs and other civic groups in the west Georgia area.
“We are interested in hearing from the community on ways we can serve them,” he said.
The school will offer “a shared space of creative energies,” Cox said. “One in which artists inspire one another, and feed off of a growing and dynamic arts culture in Carrollton and beyond.”