The new center will support the development of student artists across disciplines, as well as foster collaborative projects that involve professional arts organizations, community-based arts organizations, K-12 schools, hospitals, senior citizen centers, etc. Its overall mission is to use the arts to create social action and social change.The two-day symposium will explore the fabric of community cultural development with internationally acclaimed artists, directors, playwrights and musicians using the arts to effect social change. Featured presenters will include Arlene Goldbarda writer, speaker, consultant, and cultural activist whose focus is the intersection of culture, politics, and spirituality; Mark Churchilleducator, conductor, cellist, director of El Sistema USA and Dean Emeritus of Preparatory and Continuing Education and Senior Advisor of New England Conservatory; Steve RichardsonDirector of Carleton College's Weitz Center for Creativity and former producing director at the Theatre de la Jeune Lune, which received the 2005 Tony Award for outstanding regional theater; David A. FlatleyExecutive Director of the Center for Community Arts Partnerships (CCAP) at Columbia College Chicago; Dudley Cockeaward-winning stage director, writer, media producer, and the artistic director of Roadside Theater, a wing of Kentucky's multi-media, rural arts and humanities center, Appalshop.The former Garfield Elementary School at 1838 South 1500 East is the future home of the Westminster Center for the Arts. The college purchased Garfield from Salt Lake City in 2009.Westminster College is located at 1840 South 1300 East in Salt Lake City.
The symposium's schedule is as follows:
Oct. 23, 2012 from 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.Oct. 24, 2012 from 2:30-9:30 p.m.