Dance the Week Away! Student Dancer Spotlight

In this week’s Arts Insider blogpost, we are giving you the down-low on all things Week of Dance and featuring some amazing Boston College dancers, who will give us an inside look into what makes dancing so special.

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As we prepare for the Fall 2015 Semester to end, the first ever Boston College “Week of Dance” is just around the corner!

After chilling with your family, being thankful, and chowing down on turkey (or tofurkey- we don’t judge) all that’s usually left upon returning to BC at the beginning of December is that impending sense of dread as finals loom closer and closer.


What the best way to get rid of all that exam-studying and paper-writing tension and start off finals week right?

Dance it away, of course!

For the entire week after Thanksgiving, Monday November 30th to Saturday December 5th, we will be hosting dance events that will help you shake off the stress and shape up for the end of the semester!

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On Monday night: get artsy with Cindy Chen (MCAS ’16) as she debuts an exhibit featuring original photography that’s all about dance! Join us for the opening reception in the Robsham Theater Lobby from 6:00-7:00pm. Her exhibit, entitled “PIQUE” is sure to pique your interest and give you a sneak peek into the world of dance that you can get involved with for the rest of the week!


Right after the opening reception will be Dance Movie Madness, with back-to-back showings of the most epic dance movies ever, Dirty Dancing and Stomp the Yard! Come “have the time of your life” and “give it everything you’ve got” with these two films and relax before the upcoming week of all things dance.

Next up are Dance Workshops! Dance Workshops run by BC Student Dance Groups at the Brighton Dance Studio. The best part: the classes are open to ALL LEVELS, so even if you have never danced a step in your life, you can come and learn a thing or two! After a weekend of lazing around at home eating stuffing and bingeing on Netflix, this is the perfect way to score a free workout to get back in shape for the end of the semester!

Uprising 5:00-6:00 PM
Dance Ensemble 6:00-7:00 PM

On Tap 5:00-6:00 PM
DOBC 6:00-7:00 PM

Phaymus 5:00-6:00 PM
Synergy 6:00-7:00 PM

Sign-up in advance to reserve a spot, but walk-ins will be welcome if reservations don’t fill up:

The week concludes with two nights of a collaborative performance of BC student dance groups! Tickets are available through Robsham Theater’s website, and you won’t want to miss this! Tickets will be on sale starting at 8:00am on November 30th!

Here we have a series of dancer features, so you can get to know the people behind dance at BC and why they find dancing to be a special part both of the BC experience and of life! Get to know these amazing students, get inspired, and get dancing!



Aashini Shrivastav from MASTI: “I am a classically trained dancer in Kathak (North Indian Classical Dance form) and I’ve been doing it since I was two years old. One thing I love about Kathak is the emotions it teaches you. Indian classical dance in general has a lot to do with expression and Kathak in particular is the dance of story telling. Therefore you learn about all the possible range of emotions. As a result, I’m a very dramatic person, because I feel like I know how to express myself at most given moments.”


Anne Wilder (CSOM ’16), is one of the student leaders of the Golden Eagles Dance Team, which performs in Alumni Stadium with the Screaming Eagles Marching band at halftime on game days. Anne has been dancing since she was a toddler, and loves jazz dance because of the “upbeat tempos and opportunities to have a lot of personality on stage.” Her favorite dance memory at BC is performing at the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium last December: “Being able to perform with my teammates at such an amazing venue (especially for a New Yorker like me!) was such a great experience.”


Jeremy Baldwin (aka Latino Cappuccino) of Sexual Chocolate says “My favorite part about dancing is doing it with my brothers. That is easily one of the most rewarding feelings I have ever experienced. To get on a stage with my family and put on an amazing performance because of the hard work we all put in together, can never triumph over a victory I’ve achieved by myself. I live for SC and I die for SC.”


Alana Rose Caso of DOBC: “My BC experience would not be the same without DOBC. Not only have I grown as a dancer through experimenting with different genres, but I’ve also met some of my best friends through DOBC. DOBC has served as an incredible creative outlet and has enabled me to continue dancing in my college years. I am so grateful for DOBC!”

Alana Caso (CSOM ’16) is the director of DOBC (Dance Organization of Boston College). She started dancing at age 4 at the Dancer’s Workshop in Sudbury, MA, and has taken classes in ballet, tap, and jazz, but her favorite is jazz because of the “high energy nature of the performances.” Her favorite part of being in DOBC is their annual show week: “Show week is always the most fun week of the year. We get to focus on dance all day, every day and become even closer as a team.”


Emma Yates (MCAS ’18) of On Tap: ” Tap dance can invoke differing feelings within both the dancer and the audience. Traditional tap dance can bring people back to the eras of Charlie Chaplin or Gene Kelly and allow them for a moment to feel like they’ve been transported out of reality. Modern tap dance can blend together other styles of dance and add new unexpected twists. Tap is my favorite style because it adds a new layer of sound to music, and can also exist on its own as a form of music. On Tap has allowed me to continue dancing in a style that’s been a huge part of my life for fifteen years now, and learn more things about it from other people who love it as much as I do. I feel like my creativity and thought process has been expanded through this group. Balancing it with my studies has been challenging to say the least, but I wouldn’t trade this experience for the world.”


Kaitlyn Burrola of DE
“Dancing impacts my life because it has taught me discipline and commitment. It allows me to improve every day individually and to grow as a part of a team. Dancing allows me to feel something, during a two-minute piece, separate from all of the feelings and stress associated with my every day life… It has given me some of the closest friends that I have met on this campus, and it has pushed me to become a more creative choreographer and stronger performer. I thought that I would stop dancing in college, yet I cannot imagine the past 3 years without it.”

Kaitlyn (Connell School of Nursing’ 16) is the director of DE (The Dance Ensemble) for the 2015-2016 term. DE is mostly known for its energy, dedication, and talent performs different styles ranging from jazz, contemporary, tap, and hip hop to a more classical style like ballet. Initially, Kaitlyn competed in gymnastics and occasionally competed with an acrobatic dance team on the side. She then fell in love with “the emotion and meaning behind dance that gymnastics did not have” and enjoyed the physical challenges and emotional connection that dance offered her. She quit gymnastics and started to focus on dancing, competing all over Southern California. She became a member of DE in her freshman year. She is looking forward to participating in the Week of Dance as she states “spending time with the groups and sharing the Robsham stage will be something we have never done before and it will most definitely be a fun time together”

Join the BC Arts Council and all of these dancers to celebrate dance, art, and the end of the semester for the Week of Dance 2015!


Career Night for the Arts Alumni Profile: Karen Stein

by Campbell Disbrow


Thinking about attending Career Night for the Arts? We’ve spoken to several alumni participating in this exciting event to give you some background on how they’ve made their creativity into a career. One of these alumni is Karen Stein, principal and co-founder of the design studio goodgood in Boston. Goodgood works with a wide variety of media in both graphic and interior design. The company places an emphasis on collaboration—integrating the needs of the consumer with the expertise of the designers. Last year they were named a winner of PRINT Magazine’s prestigious Regional Design Annual awards for their project A Media Archaeology of Boston, an ambitious examination of the inherent beauty of Boston using a wide variety of media including film, photography, postcards, and soundscapes. Karen served as artistic director for this project. She discovered design while working for Harvard University Press where she found herself interested in book design, and received her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.


When were you first comfortable calling yourself an artist?

I called myself a designer before I called myself an artist. Sometimes I still feel uncomfortable with the term, but I am always seeking to find intersections between art and design in my work.

What changes have you observed in the design industry during your career? What changes do you anticipate?

Speed. Everything happens faster than it used to. Sometimes it’s hard to communicate to clients that design just takes time, and it’s not worth rushing the work, because the end result suffers. I also have seen a greater concern for the social impact of design.

Your website emphasizes your company’s personal approach to your designs. How do you balance catering to clients’ tastes with expressing your own creativity?

Dialogue & Relationships. I strongly believe that good design results from dialogue and developing relationships with the people that you work with and those that you are talking to through the work. With that, I believe good design results from this understanding. Alongside my client work, I also seek out more self-authored work, which reflects messages I’m specifically looking to communicate. In the end, it’s about finding balance in the work. I love to work more freely, but I believe in my clients, and when I design something for my client that truly reflects who they are, that is why I go to work everyday.


Your website states that you take into account “economical, social equity and ecological factors” in your designs. How do these attentions affect your design process? What challenges do these factors present?

Generally, I think it’s important to understand how design affects the world. Whether it’s the method or materials of production we are looking at, or the clients we work with, it’s important to understand our role within the world, and try to do our best to tread lightly.

How do you believe good design impacts the people who use/inhabit it?

This could be a very long answer, but basically I believe that design is everywhere, and if something is designed well, it can change things. It might make things run better. It might make your day easier. It might impact the world less. It might communicate a positive message. It might teach you something. It might make you smile. It’s important to focus on good design, and look at the outcomes and impacts of design on anything.

How did the learning atmosphere at BC contribute to your growth as an artist?

I loved my time at BC. Many of my classes focused on aesthetics whether through the philosophy or art history classes that I took. With that, BC helped prepare me, by teaching me to look at things critically, but also creatively…two important facets of design.

What advice would you have for undergraduates hoping to turn their creativity into a career?

I think it’s important to take classes and seek experiences in the field that you are interested in. I ended up working at Harvard University Press, and that’s how I learned about book design first, and eventually pursued a career in design. Seek out new experiences always.


To check out some of Karen’s designs, visit her website at


Career Night for the Arts Alumni Profile: Erin Dionne!

by Alexa Villareal

Leading up to Career Night for the Arts, we have prepared some alumni profiles to give you insight into the careers of our alumni attendees. Today we are focusing on Erin Dionne ’97, a children’s book writer and professor at Montserrat College of Art. She received her M.F.A from Emerson College and worked in marketing at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, a publishing company. She then continued to write for papers and magazines alike, including the Boston Herald, before settling in as a teacher.


Erin studied English and Communications at Boston College. She looks back on her time fondly, most distinctly her time in the marching band. Her participation inspired parts of her novel Notes From an Accidental Band Geek. Erin’s novels have garnered recognition from Scholastic Book Fairs as well as features in state lists and major magazines. Some titles include Models Don’t Eat Chocolate Cookies, The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet, and most recently her fourteen day mystery books Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking and Ollie and the Science of Treasure Hunting.

Tell me a little bit about your time at BC! What groups or clubs were you a part of and what are your favorite memories?

I loved being at BC! I was really active in the BC bands program, and did marching band and pep band for all 4 years. One of my favorite experiences was marching in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in 1995 (so much so that I memorialized it in my novel NOTES FROM AN ACCIDENTAL BAND GEEK). I also had a great time playing in the pep band during the NCAA basketball tournament. We went to Salt Lake City one year and Orlando another.


You’ve written for magazines, newspapers, and written books of your own, which is the most challenging and which is your favorite?

All types of writing are challenging for different reasons–deadlines, short turnarounds, and dealing with sources can all impact the journalism and magazine story writing processes. Writing novels involves lots of time and work to create compelling characters. Although I enjoy all of the types of writing I’ve done, I have to say that writing novels is my favorite–it’s what I’ve wanted to do since I was a little kid.


What during your time at BC do you feel was the most helpful advice or experience on your path to your career?

Taking Elizabeth Graver’s writing workshops were especially helpful to my career, because I learned to revise and edit my work–crucial in all of my endeavors.

How do you balance teaching, being a mom, and writing?

Haha. There’s no such thing as “balance.” Things are always shifting in priority. When I’m on a deadline, I have to fit everything around that. When grades are due, I have to grade. When the kids need something, they come to the front of the line. It’s a juggle, and each day is different.


How did you get inspired to write and what inspired you to write your books for teens?

I’ve wanted to write since I was a little kid, because I loved books and reading. I write for tweens and teens because those are the stories I’m most interested in telling and the voices that resonate with me.


Come meet Erin Dionne and other alumni artists at Career Night for the Arts on Thursday, November 12th! From 7:00-8:30pm in the McMullen Museum in Devlin Hall, you can come network and converse with BC alumni who have turned their creativity into a career.

Not sure how to network? Nervous about striking up conversations with new people? Come join us between 6:00 and 7:00pm right before the event in Devlin 008 for “Networking 101,” an advice session with networking tips and tricks from the BC Career Center. As a bonus, there will be snacks provided during “Networking 101” !

To see all the BC alumni artists attending Career Night for the Arts 2015, visit

Career Night for the Arts Alumni Profile: Daron Manoogian

By Estefania Szapiro Akl


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“I am constantly looking at the world around me”

As our event Career Night for the Arts approaches, we wanted to give you a sneak peek of some of the accomplished alumni that will be joining us for the night. Today, we are talking to Daron Manoogian’98 who is currently the Director of Communications at Harvard Art Museums. He has progressed and succeeded in the Communications industry working in Public Relations, Marketing, and Communications. Join Daron and other talented alumni to get insight into their careers and lives, and take the opportunity to do some networking.

Daron Manoogian had two academic careers at BC. He had originally enrolled in CSOM in 1984, but in his junior year as he got into more classes with his major realized he had made the wrong choice. Daron immediately took a leave of absence and spent 10 years working in various jobs in retail, nightclubs, and healthcare before returning to his education. In 1995 he enrolled in the Woods College of Advancing Studies and majored in Communications. After being in the workplace for a decade, he finally knew where his interests were. Father Woods allowed him to begin where he had left off, and had all of his previous credits transferred. He spent the next 3 years working full time during the day and going to classes part time in the evening. Daron received his diploma in 1998 and was ready to join the communications industry


(Photo of a new Harvard Art Museum renovation by Renzo Piano, courtesy of The Boston Globe)

I read some of your articles published in The Heights from when you were a student here at BC. Could you discuss your involvement in it as well as your involvement in other creative BC clubs or organizations and how it impacted your career?
I think that I’ve always had an interest and knack for writing, so the Heights was a great outlet. When I was in the College for Advancing Studies, I didn’t have much time for extracurricular activities.

You have worked in the Marketing, Communications, and Public Relations departments of different institutions and have progressed. Could you describe and talk about this progress and how you got hold of your current position as the Director of Communication for the Harvard Art Museum?
I’ve always tried to be selective about what kind of organizations that I chose to work for. I don’t have the ability to put my heart into a company or product that I do not feel is important. Working for WBUR was a great experience — a quality news organization. After learning about the opening at Harvard, I thought that it could be interesting, and a place to grow. Here at Harvard for 10 years, I have grown from being the Public Relations Officer with one staff member to being the Director of Communications overseeing a staff of 15 in the areas of PR/Marketing, Design, and Editorial. The Harvard Art Museums have offered me the opportunity to really express my creative side, and we enjoy brainstorming and working as a team on a range of print and digital materials, advertising and marketing, social media, media relations, and special events.

What is it like to work in the arts? Have you always had an interest for the arts?
Yes, I’ve always been a creative person, taking art classes, and I enjoy music. I feel that the arts are a very important part of education and life. That is why I support STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, ART, and Math), instead of the more popular STEM curriculum.

What are the top 3 qualities, skills, or abilities that might help a BC student succeed in your field?

Working collaboratively with others, having the right mix of thinking fast and taking the time to make the right decision, and creativity (thinking “outside of the box” as they say).

How do you incorporate creativity in your day to day and how do you manage to stay creative?
I am constantly looking at the world around me, not to copy anything necessarily, but to inspire my own ideas. Having a staff that includes younger people with fresh ideas and a better sense of what is trending.

BC Does ITVFest!


In most college classes, students meet with professors in a classroom during the week, listening to lectures, taking notes, and learning the skills they need to succeed in their future careers.

But BC has one class with no classrooms, no notes, and no passive lectures. Instead of sitting on campus learning the skills it takes to succeed, they get up, get out, and actively make connections with the people who can help make their dreams a reality.

The class is called Independent TV & Film, and it’s made up of a group of students interested in careers in the film industry, whether through acting, directing, producing, business, or cinematography. This past weekend, the BC Arts Council took the whole class and drove out of Boston and up through the scenic autumn trees of Vermont to a small but vibrant town called Dover to attend ITVFest, the Independent Television & Film Festival.

So what exactly is ITV Fest?

In short, it’s a 3-day festival for the creative people who produce original independent content for television and web-based series. The fest features this kind of storytelling because although there are many independent film festivals for feature-length movies, there is so much happening in shorter-form filmmaking and television-format that deserves recognition. There were web series, television pilots, short documentaries, reality shows, comedies, and dramas screening all weekend. Not only could you watch all of these independent tv shows in screenings throughout the day, but you could be sitting next to and talking with the amazing people who created them. The screenings of all the televisions shows were so inspiring in their diversity, creativity, and production, and there are too many to link here, [check out the website to peruse the festival selections!] but a special shout-out must go to “Cooking for One with the Crying Chef,” which is a hilarious web series produced by the New York Picture Company, which just so happens to be a video production company created by some incredible BC alumni!

ITVFest takes place annually in late September in Dover, VT. The location is remote, which really seems to create a more intimate festival experience. Up in the mountains, with the fresh air and the beautiful colors of fall foliage, festival goers get to spend a ton of quality time together in a beautiful setting…


Whether it be in interactive panels…






…Attending swanky mixers in the evening (complete with some of the best snacks I’ve ever had)…



(In the above photo, two BC students talk to Bernie Su, creator of the Lizzie Bennet Diaries!)


Or just hanging out around a campfire…


BC students spend a lot of time at the festival learning, but also being a part of the action. They make friends in the industry, get an insider perspective on what it takes to produce independent television and web content, and collect advice on how to get started making an artistic career out of doing what they love.

There were live casting workshops with real casting directors, interactive storytelling workshops with Alison Norrington (founder of StoryCentral) and David Katz (from CBS), panels on screenwriting, digital production, and the art of creating a fictional world. Check out this packed schedule from this year.

Philip Gilpin, the executive director of ITVFest (and a BC Alum!) invites Boston College students to the event every year because not only is it an inspiring opportunity for the students, but the industry professionals from HBO, Starz Digital, CBS, Amazon Studios, Bravo, Dailymotion, and more come to destination festivals like this in order to seek out fresh faces, new talent, and be ahead of the game about what’s next.

BC students have a lot to offer to the independent film industry, and the first step is simply getting time to connect and network with the people who are already successful in the field. Checking in with some students near the end of the festival, I was able to learn more about why this weekend proved to be an invaluable experience for their weekend and their future.

Theatre major Samuela Nematchoua said the best part of the ITVFest experience was “meeting all the amazing people that you can’t meet in real life, getting close to celebrities, people from Hollywood, HBO producers, directors, and actors.” She was one of the many BC students who was able to obtain contacts within the industry to keep in touch with so they could collaborate on future projects. She was able to become Facebook friends and LinkedIn connections with people she admired, and looks forward to working with them and hitting them up for more advice. Her suggestion for students thinking about signing up for the class and attending the festival next year? “It’s worth missing Parents Weekend. [The class] gets you VIP access and so many opportunities. I’ve gotten advice on how to work my skills, as well as lots of encouragement to keep going. It is worth it for your career, and if you don’t take this class, it’s like you don’t really want to be in this industry, because this is the way.”

Cimron Charles, a senior film studies major at BC, said that ITVFest gave him more than just connections; it gave him a new way of thinking about his future career: “If your interested in this field, go! It will open your mind. I came interested in cinematography, but now after talking to people in the festival I’m realizing there are so many other ways to get into the industry.” Cimron works in IT at BC through Eagle Tech, and talking to film professionals made him realize that his technical skills may be even more of an advantage than he previously imagined.

The good news for you if you did miss out this year is that the ITVFest class (THTR225701) will be available again next Fall Semester! ITVFest 2016 is sure to be even bigger and better next year, and BC students are becoming an integral part of the whole festival experience. One BC student who attended last year even got a job right out of college organizing and managing this year’s event! If you have any questions about the class and getting involved with ITVFest next year, contact us the BC Arts Council at We can answer any questions you have about the class and the 2016 festival.

The future is bright for BC students at ITVFest. Who knows? Maybe in the next few years BC students can not only attend, but also submit their own projects to the festival! This industry is all about dreaming big, putting yourself out there, and sharing your stories, so look for out for the Fall 2016 course listings.

Also, in case you weren’t already convinced, check out our sweet digs at the Matterhorn, the cutest Vermont inn of all time, run by the wonderful Wanda and Joe, and their completely inexplicable pet camel…





And, have I mentioned how pretty Dover, Vermont is? Because…








BC ARTS INSIDER 2015-2016…


As a new student to the Boston College community, I can’t help but notice the irony in writing for a blog purporting to be an “Insider” when I still feel like a bit of an outsider. So, I’m looking for a little help. Whether you’re an expert in all things Boston College, or you’re as new to the BC world as I am, we are looking for writer-interns to explore the BC arts scene and write about it for this very blog! The one you’re reading right now!

Come write with us! It can be scholarly or sassy, cynical or comical, short’n’snappy or super in-depth, and it’s a great way to get your voice out there. Nothing is better for a resume than saying you’ve had your writing published on the Internet! The Internet is a pretty popular place, so it’s kindof a big deal.

In the past, this blog has focused mainly on music + theatre reviews, and alumni artist interviews. I like those things; you probably do, too! Let’s keep doing them. Let’s also do think-pieces, poetry, and short fiction. Let’s do listicles, because apparently that’s a thing now, and why should Buzzfeed have all the fun? Let’s do debates. Let’s talk about movies we’ve seen, places we’ve been, and people who inspire us. Let’s discuss controversies in and around the BC art scene.

* Is there an event you’re dying to go to on or off campus that you’re not sure you can afford? If you agree to write about it for this blog, we will compensate for the ticket cost!

* Is your friend an amazing artist but gets shy about sharing their work? Profile them for the blog to promote their art and get them connected to the BC community!

* Are YOU an artist looking to show off your skills and get feedback and support from the BC community? Submit your work with along with some descriptions, and we will post it here!

* Do you want an excuse to talk to that really cool film/fine arts/music/theatre/English professor? Ask them if you can interview them for the BC Arts Insider blog! Samesies if you want to interview or profile a particular club or student group involved in the arts!

Posts can include pictures, videos, links, and/or your brilliant words. The sky’s the limit.

Email if you have an idea for a blog post, and let us know if you would like to write it yourself (Yes! You can do it! We believe in you!) or if you’d like someone from our Arts Council staff to write it (we’ll take your brilliant idea and run with it!). We’re open to just about anything, because this blog is not just about BC, it’s for BC students. This is the BC Arts Insider blog, and you’ll always be in with us.


As a BC newbie, I find myself completely overwhelmed by all of the various opportunities to get involved with both BC student life and the city of Boston in general. Coming from a smaller town, I love Boston’s vast and varied cultural landscape; it’s all dizzyingly exciting, but I find myself constantly puzzling over the classic conundrum: with so many intriguing options, how is one person supposed to decide where to go, what to do, and how to have fun on any given day? I’ve always said that if I could have one magical item from the world of Harry Potter, it would be Hermione’s time turner:


It would obviously be used to sneak in extra naps during finals week, but it would also come in handy for all of the events and exhibits happening on and off BC campus every day, because there are so many options! Alas, we are mere muggles, and must figure things out sans magic.

So what’s the secret to never missing out on all the cool art events that match my interests? How can I get involved with the community in ways that are fun, creative, entertaining, and inspiring? How can I be a BC Arts Insider?

Luckily the BC Arts Council works to make everyone feel involved and get connected, and make sure you don’t miss out on anything that’s up your alley! There are tons of ways to keep in touch and make sure you get the most out of your BC experience:

* A good first step is to Like BC Arts Council on Facebook! That’s where it all goes down: posts include auditions and upcoming events, clubs promoting their meetings, shows, and projects, and all the general info you need to stay in the loop.

* The lovely Arts Calendar is also a handy guide to university arts events for the semester. You can download a PDF and plot out your game plan for now through December, making sure to check off all of your bucket-list arts items by planning ahead.

* You can take on our Instagram Challenge, designed for ultimate adventure and exploration! Gram your attendance at all of the places/events listed, tagging @bc_artscouncil for each one, and you win BC swag!

* You can make sure to clear your schedule for the night of Thursday, November 12th for our event Career Night for the Arts! Trying to figure out what to do with the rest of your life can be scary, but you don’t have to go it alone. From 7-9pm that evening you can converse and network with BC alumni who not only have pursued their interest in the arts beyond college, but have made successful careers out of it. Come seek advice and wisdom from these folks, because they know what they’re talking about. (Also, look out for features about specific Career Night alumni on this blog to stay informed on who will be there!)

* Sign up for our email list to get our weekly Eyes on Art newsletter (email with the subject line “Add Me to Eyes on Art”), which gives a fun and brief rundown of some can’t-miss art happenings for the current week.

* Fill out this form if you would like to put on an exhibition at the brand-new, state-of-the-art gallery space in Carney Hall. Submit a proposal to reserve the space for your work. The first exhibit will be from Visiting Assistant Professor Sammy Chong, entitled The Pilgrim, from November 2nd through December 4th

* Check out our Twitter for important updates in the BC Arts scene.


BC Arts Council does ITV Fest! We’ll share our experiences with you, and if have any intense FOMO about next year, you can make sure to join in on the action by taking the Independent TV & Film course (THTR225701) in the Fall.

Also next week…

Inspired by some truly amazing BC alumni artists and lots of recent media coverage, I’ll be posting a think-piece about art in the digital world. Is art that’s created and shared digitally essentially different from more traditional forms of creation? How can we use new technologies to push the boundaries of art as we know it? Our generation is one of the first that can truly call ourselves digital natives. We grew up with the Internet, and the ever-increasing infusion of little glowing screens into our lives is undeniable, so what does this mean for the future of the art world?

Have anything you’d like to contribute to this conversation? Email me at and I’ll incorporate your thoughts into the article (giving you full credit for your ideas, of course). Are there any art events you know of happening in Boston that relate to this topic? We’d love to hear about them!

Stay tuned!

Which Festival Goer Are You? Top Three ArtsFest Essentials for Every Artistic Persuasion

By John Hogan

The winter is finally thawing and gaggles of Nantucket red shorts are migrating back to New England. Frisbees, sunshine and warmth, visible grass—so many things that seemed like a distant memory have returned. And what better way to celebrate the end of a winter that even Ned Stark wouldn’t have had enough blankets for than attending this year’s Arts Festival? Beginning this Thursday and continuing on until Saturday, the campus-wide celebration of creativity is bound to have at least one event for everybody. Are you a theatre pundit? A literary connoisseur? Check out our list of top three festival essentials for every artistic persuasion.

Top Three Can’t-Miss Festival Moments…


…for Art Aficionados        

Don’t get lost in the in the marathon of events and forget to see the star of this year’s Arts Festival: alumni Chris Doyle ’81. His receiving of this year’s Arts Council Alumni Award is more than deserved: his interdisciplinary work combines video, animation, and watercolors and channels the parallels between urbanity and nature. Watch the full version of “Bright Canyon” here. Other works of his, like “The Fluid,” explore how cultural frames affect our view of landscapes. A constant theme of his work is the evocation of ecological wonder and vibrancy and the relationship between civilization and nature. Doyle will receive the Arts Council Alumni Award on Friday at 4:00. The ceremony and following reception are free and open to all.

Make sure to come by on Friday at 2:15 for Inside the BC Studio. Here Doyle will be interviewed about his career, his time at BC, and the relation between the two. Also stop by the tent on Saturday at 2:00 for the Industry Insider Panel. Here the tables will be turned and Doyle will interview Denise Markonish, Curator of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, as well as Al Miner, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the MFA. Both events will paint a portrait of the arts industry and illustrate what it’s like to be the person painting the pictures as well as the person who puts them on the wall.

Acclaimed Artist Chris Doyle '81 is the Alumni Arts Award Recipient for 2015.

Acclaimed Artist Chris Doyle ’81 is the Alumni Arts Award Recipient for 2015.

…for Theatre ‘Thusiasts

If you’re longing for live performance—whether comedic or dramatic—there are a few events to keep an eye out for. The Boston College Theater Department will be performing Shakespeare’s final play The Tempest all three nights in Robsham at 7:30 PM. But if you’re looking for something more lighthearted than fraternal betrayal and twisted monarchial machinations, the Committee for Creative Enactments is putting on an “interactive comedic murder mystery” in the O’Connell House on both Friday and Saturday nights at 7:00 and 9:00. Another option is to come celebrate the 35th anniversary of My Mother’s Fleabag—they’re performing in the O’Neil Plaza on Friday night at 8:00.

…for Music Maestros

Thursday and Friday both have a few notable options for live music in the O’Neill Plaza. For those of Gaelic origins or orientations, Seamus Connolly is directing the Irish Studies Music Program Thursday at noon. There will be dancing, music, and discussion of the culture behind them both. Later on at 8:00, CAB and the Music Guild will co-host BC’s Best. Come watch original singer-songwriters and bands battle each other for the approval of tired college students! Jazz enthusiasts should be pleased to hear that BC bOp! is performing Friday at noon. If you feel like bOpFlix! wasn’t enough, then you have the opportunity to see bOp! perform one more hour of its extensive jazz literature. Whatever you spend the rest of your day doing, make sure to stop by the O’Neil Plaza again at 9:30 for BC Underground. There you’ll find an hour and a half of genres that are typically underrepresented in the BC community. Break dancing and electronic music aren’t advertised too often around campus, so don’t miss the opportunity to transcend the BC bubble on-campus.


…for Lit Lovers

There’s a plethora of literature and poetry readings at his year’s Arts Festival. Stylus—BC’s largest and oldest student-run literary publication—is having a reception for the launch of its Spring issue. Come to Stokes South 195 at 7:30 to hear short fiction and poetry read by their original authors. But if that’s not enough to entice you, know that there will be snacks.

If Stylus doesn’t interest you, there will be two smaller—and perhaps more subversive—readings to keep an eye out for. Juice will be having two readings, both in the Stokes Art Tent. Come Friday at 6:15 or Saturday at 6:00 to hear poetry that embodies the black experience in both the university and postgraduate worlds. The Laughing Medusa will also have a reading Friday afternoon, again at the Stokes Art Tent. Take a seat at 1:00 to hear the work of BC’s most progressive and creative women.

… for Dance Devotees

BC’s dance teams have been rehearsing vigorously these past few weeks for their upcoming three days of performances. Rather than splitting each team into its own event, there will be a Dance Showcase of all the teams together in the O’Neil Plaza each afternoon. You can watch the eighteen groups perform styles ranging from ballet to hip-hop at either 12:45 or 2:45 on Thursday, 1:15 on Friday, or 1:00 on Saturday. These showcases are a unique opportunity to see extraordinarily talented dancers perform styles you’re both familiar and foreign to in the same space.

If you’d rather dance than watch people dance, you’ll have to wait until 8:00 on Saturday for Dancing with bOp! There’ll be live jazz and choreography from BC dance groups. If you’re not too busy watching The Tempest, there could no better way to end this year’s Arts Festival than with dancing and jazz. You may be tired after three days of wandering from creative spirit to creative spirit, but I guarantee you’ll leave in high spirits.