[PAST EVENT] Forum - Better Living Through the Arts

April 27, 2011
8:30am - 3:30pm
Williamsburg Library Theatre
Christopher Wren will put the role and influence of the arts in Williamsburg on center stage on April 27 at a special forum on the arts. Better Living Through the Arts is the theme for this full day program which includes a variety of musical performances, panel discussions and presentations. {{http://www.wm.edu/sites/cwa/documents/EventFlyers/ForumFlyer.pdf,Access the registration form}} (pdf).

The program will be held at the Williamsburg Library from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and will include a box lunch at the Community Building near the library.

The first of a series of panel discussions will be Why We Listen, Look, & Care: The Impact of Arts on our Daily Lives. Panelists will address the importance of the Arts on our lives and why it is important to experience music, art, dance and literature. Participants will include Pat Rublein, Cultural Alliance of Greater Hampton Roads; Janna Hymes, conductor of the Williamsburg Symphonia; Frank Milligan, writer; and Rob Cross, executive director of the Virginia Arts Festival.

Another panel, Our Creative Town, will discuss the impact of the arts on the enrichment of our community. This panel will address Williamsburg's initiative to create an arts gateway to the campus through a remodeled Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall and Muscarelle Museum. Addressing the important role the arts can play in a vibrant tourism industry will be Aaron De Groft, director of the Muscarelle Museum; Michael Kirby of the Williamsburg Arts Commission and president of This Century Gallery; Michele DeWitt, director of the City of Williamsburg-Economic Development; and Dick Schreiber, executive director of the Department of Tourism.

Cathy Lewis of public television WHRO and narrator of the WHRV-FM's radio program "Hear-Say," will moderate Alzheimer's & The Arts, a panel discussion of the impact made by the use of music and art in slowing the advance of Alzheimer's disease. Members of this panel will discuss scientific research in the field of dementia and the impact of new programs in the arts to put this research into practice. Participants in this panel include Dr. Stuart Isacoff, faculty member of Purchase Conservatory of Music, SUNY, and the author of Music on the Brain and other articles dealing with the impact of musical neuroscience; Marjorie Hilkert, chairperson of the Peninsula Alzheimer's Leadership Council; Celeste Fetta, director of adult and higher education for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; and Pamela deYoung, gerontologist, Center for Excellence in Aging and Geriatric Health in Williamsburg and Virginia Commonwealth University.

The forum will also offer performances throughout the day in Behind the Creative Mind sessions. Artists will perform excerpts of their works, followed by a question and answer exchange concerning aspect of the creative process. A talented student musician-physicist, Ryan Laney, who wrote Inertia, an orchestral work for the William and Mary orchestra, will present excerpts. Following his performance will be conversation with his composition professor, Greg Bowers, of the College music department. Brian Hulse, a composer and faculty member, will provide excepts from his opera. Also on tap, W&M dance faculty Denise Wade will present Gardens of Stone with two dance students.

CWA Office 221-1506 or [[ChrisWren]]