Fine Arts Diversity Committee

Students participate in a workshop funded by the Guest Artist Initiative.The College of Fine Arts is committed to fostering a culture and climate that is inclusive and welcoming of students, faculty and staff of all backgrounds, experiences and viewpoints.

“Being a diverse learning and research community is essential to the creativity and contest of ideas that are central to any arts college,” said Dean Doug Dempster. “The College of Fine Arts should be a leader at UT in supporting and fostering an inclusive culture that is so central to who we are and what we do.”

The Fine Arts Diversity Committee is a partnership between the college and UT’s Division of Diversity and Community Engagement to create and implement a comprehensive diversity strategic plan. Formed as a taskforce in 2012, the committee is made up of representatives from faculty, staff, graduate students and undergraduate students from the College of Fine Arts, the Department of Art and Art History, the Department of Theatre and Dance, Butler School of Music and Texas Performing Arts, as well as staff from the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement and the Office for Inclusion and Equity.

After a two-year planning and research process, the committee shared its strategic plan in 2014, and the college is actively working to implement the goals of the five-year plan, which covers 2014–2019.

As of spring 2016, the committee can report progress in the following areas:

Celebrating Diversity in Fine Arts

Momentum is a “highly physical and emotionally urgent” dance concert

Friday, February 24, 2017   |  Austin Chronicle
Dancers pose on a white background

Dance Repertory Theatre’s spring concert Momentum was reviewed by the Austin Chronicle. The review described the concert, which reflected on the influence of African American culture on contemporary dance, as “diverse in aesthetic and focus, mostly cohered in a highly physical, emotionally urgent offering.”

UT sitarists bring culturally diverse music to Butler School

Friday, February 24, 2017   |  The Daily Texan
An illustration of a man playing a sitar.

Ethnomusicology professor Stephen Slawek created the Svaranjali Ensemble with the aim of exposing UT students to the rich cultural heritage of classical Indian music. He shared how this is also a deeply personal experience for him with The Daily Texan. The story also includes an illustration by Visual Art Studies student Madi Beavers.

Dance concert celebrates the influence of black culture on modern dance

Monday, February 13, 2017   |  Austin American-Statesman
Momentum in Statesman

This week the Department of Theatre and Dance opens the dance concert Momentum, an eclectic group of dances that tell a collection of stories about how African diasporic culture has influenced contemporary dance. Charles O. Anderson, head of the dance program, discussed with the Austin American-Statesman the inspiration and student work that went into creating this unique show.