College launches 'passport to the arts' program

KU’s new School of the Arts is offering an easy-to-get passport that will take patrons on a journey of campus and Lawrence arts communities without the hassles of international travel.

The Passport to the Arts program is part of a yearlong celebration designed to officially introduce the School of the Arts to the KU and Lawrence communities. Housed within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the School of the Arts was created from a reorganization of KU’s fine arts programs. The School of the Arts is home to four departments: dance, film and media studies, theatre and visual art.

“As a new participant in the arts in Lawrence, the School of the Arts is eager to use its resources to help promote the arts across the community and KU through the Passport to the Arts program,” said Liz Kowalchuk, associate dean for the School of the Arts. “The passport offers incentives for patronage of the arts and works to strengthen relationships between those in academic arts and community arts. I’m excited to bring together students, faculty and those in our vibrant arts community to celebrate all KU and Lawrence have to offer.”

The College’s official introducation of the School of the Arts and kick off to the Passport to the Arts program will begin with a celebration at 5 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Spencer Museum of Art. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet arts leaders, learn more about the new school and participate in drawings for tickets to exclusive performances and activities offered by the four departments.

“As part of the largest academic unit on campus, the School of the Arts has the opportunity to inspire and increase participation in the arts among the Lawrence and KU community,” said Gregory B. Simpson, interim dean of the College. “This partnership also offers fresh possibilities for collaboration between the arts and the broad disciplines of the College, paving the way for unique innovations and ideas.”

After participants obtain their passports at the kick off, they can earn stamps by attending events listed at www.artspassport.ku.edu. When individuals attend an eligible event, they will get a stamp in their passports. Those who collect one stamp at a KU or School of the Arts event and another stamp from a community arts event in a month will be eligible for that month’s coupon. If they collect three stamps from KU or School of the Arts events and three stamps from community arts events from October through April, they will be eligible for a free student-designed T-shirt and an invitation to an exclusive year-end celebration of the arts party.

A downloadable version of the passport is available at www.artspassport.ku.edu.

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