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Organization: College of the Canyons
Date: April 30, 2009
ARTstART Festival Offers Community Access to College's Aesthetic Achievements
SANTA CLARITA — The College of the Canyons Fine and Performing Arts Division is inviting community members to spend a weekend browsing the aesthetic achievements of its students and learning more about the college's broad range of artistic offerings at the 2009 ARTstART Festival May 15-17, on the Valencia campus.
    Including students, faculty and staff, the weekend-long festival will offer the community a glimpse inside the daily activities of the Fine and Performing Arts Division, while highlighting students' work and providing a behind-the-scenes look at the Division's facilities.
    Attendees will have the opportunity to roam freely from building to building across campus, to view and experience samplings from the college's art, music, dance, theatre, animation, radio/television/video/film (RTVF), graphic design and studio arts departments.
    "The Division has a wealth of talent to display, from its staff to its faculty and most certainly from its students," said Michael McCaffrey, art department faculty member at the college. "ARTstART will be the first in a series of annual events, staged by this exciting and vibrant area of the college, that will provide a great opportunity for us to showcase that talent to the community."
    The schedule of activities includes live music, student theatre performances, modern dance presentations, gallery exhibits, interactive lectures, in-class demonstrations and a unique open house and tour of the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons (PAC).
    The festival dates will coincide with both the college's New Works Festival, a collection of plays written and performed by local playwrights, and the scheduled Tom Rush with the Lovell Sisters PAC performance on May 16.
    "Attending ARTstART 2009 offers a great opportunity to see a wonderful array of student and professional faculty talent while meeting with the artists and performers up-close and personal," said Dr. Floyd Moos, dean of fine and performing arts at the college. "Whether your taste is for dance, theatre, music, visual arts, traditional art or the contemporary, the breadth and depth of the activities here at the college may well surprise."
    For more information about the 2009 ARTstART Festival or to view a full schedule of activities please visit www.canyons.edu/artstart or call (661) 362-3651.
    To purchase tickets to the New Works Festival or the Tom Rush with the Lovell Sisters PAC performance please visit www.canyonspac.com or call (661) 362-5304.
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