Jennifer Waters, 404-413-5120
College of Arts and Sciences
ATLANTA— Georgia State’s Center for Collaborative and International Arts, or CENCIA, is wrapping up its sixth year of programming with three events that will bring international art – and international issues – to campus.
“Bordeaux in Atlanta,” a series of events featuring jazz musicians from Bordeaux and Paris, will begin on March 16 at the “Feed Your Senses” lunchtime program at the Rialto Center for the Arts. The Office of the Dean of Students, Intercultural Relations is co-sponsoring the “Feed Your Senses” component.
|"Yellow Mountain" by professor of drawing, painting and printmaking Pam Longobardi. For CENCIA's symposium titled "The Nature of Waste," Longobardi will assemble a team of artists and scientists to discuss the ways in which marine debris can be curbed as well as ways in which that debris can be collected and re-appropriated for art.|
On March 17, the musicians will perform at a local school as part of the Rialto’s “Jazz for Kids” program and then give a public concert at the Kopleff Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m.
From March 24-27, CENCIA will sponsor the “5th Annual Italian Film Festival.” The highlight of the festival is Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita, shown in 35mm - and at The Rialto, which was the venue for the original Atlanta premiere of the film in 1960. In addition to Fellini’s classic the festival will show anywhere from seven to 10 additional Italian films.
On April 15, CENCIA will close its season with “The Nature of Waste,” a symposium where artists and scientists will discuss plastic pollution and marine debris – both how to curb it, and how to re-appropriate it in art. “The Nature of Waste” will present a model of collaboration for creative solutions to global environmental problems.
“I look to CENCIA regularly for intellectually stirring and emotionally evocative entertainment,” said Kathryn Kozaitis, chair of the Department of Anthropology. “The conversation between literary, visual, and performing artists across homelands and identities in a given performance distinguishes CENCIA as GSU’s and Atlanta’s premier venue for soulful awakenings.”
This spring’s events are perfect examples of the kind of inter-disciplinary and international arts programs that CENCIA has brought to GSU and to Atlanta in the last six years. CENCIA’s mission is to enrich campus and community life through access to international arts and its scope is wide, encompassing nearly all of the fine arts: music, dance, painting, drawing, sculpture, film, textiles, literature and more. Projects like the “Disobedience Archive,” “Belfast Imagined,” “Que Viva Mexico!,” “Spirited Calligraphy,” “Baghdad in Exile” and “Kuchipudi Dance” are examples of this diversity.
Most importantly, all of its events are free and open to the public. Its programs have welcomed thousands of visitors to campus since its creation.
“CENCIA stands alongside programs at other urban universities such as UCLA, Temple and Columbia, where access to international arts invigorates the cultural life of the greater community,” says Ralph Gilbert, director of CENCIA and associate dean for Fine Arts. “Through the arts, select urban universities such as GSU engage and attract diverse audiences by presenting and recognizing the great value of their cultural and family traditions, their roots, their heritage. Atlanta has become an international city and the artistic traditions of our neighbors are the means through which CENCIA touches the lives of so many in our community.”
For more information about CENCIA, visit http://www.arts.gsu.edu/cencia.html.
For parking and other logistics information, visit http://www.arts.gsu.edu/2955.html.
For more information about the Bordeaux in Atlanta, visit http://www.arts.gsu.edu/3819.html.
For more information about the 5th Annual Italian Film Festival, visit http://www.arts.gsu.edu/3813.html.
For more information about the Nature of Waste, visit http://www.arts.gsu.edu/3815.html.
Published March 7, 2011