Educating the Citizen Artist is central to Boston University College of Fine Arts (CFA)’s mission. Commencing CFA’s Keyword Initiative’s second year and following-up on the 2011-12 Keyword Initiative: Violence, the College is proud to invite the BU and global community in a creative discussion and call to action around this year’s annual theme of RESILIENCE.
Resilience is marked by flexibility, elasticity, and vivacity in the face of adversity.
“Today, more than ever, the world needs leaders educated with a sense of inspiration, imagination, and vision,” says Benjamín E. Juárez, Dean, College of Fine Arts, Boston University. “By tapping into the diverse perspectives of BU and Greater Boston communities, CFA is defining the role of the artist in the 21st century. An artist able to thrive in difficult times – a Citizen Artist, resilient in the face of uncertainty and determined to make the world a better place.”
From September through May, CFA will present a range of works that explore the buoyancy of the human spirit in times of war, tragedy, hardship, suffering, and oppression – including the longitudinal vitality of Camille in the face of a doomed love affair in La Traviata, a presentation of the adventurously tough-minded works of painter Dona Nelson, and a BU Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Chorus concert depicting the tenacious fortitude and patriotism displayed by Americans through wartime and political turmoil.
Through a generous gift from BU alumna Nancy Livingston (COM’69) and her husband, Fred Levin made possible through the Shenson Foundation in memory of Ben and A. Jess Shenson, CFA invites members of the community to explore the essence of resilience by attending or hosting activities related to this year’s Keyword performances or exhibits, and welcomes the community’s diverse perspectives on this issue.