October is the National Arts and Humanities Month, and the Florida State University is home to numerous art and humanities programs that continue to make waves in the Tallahassee and FSU communities, as well as the state and nation. There are several colleges, schools, and programs surrounding the arts and humanities, including but not limited to the College of Fine Arts, College of Motion Picture Arts, College of Music, and the FSU English Department. Within each of these departments, there are numerous ways for students to get involved and support the arts on campus. Here are just a handful of ways to experience or support the arts at Florida State University!
College of Fine Arts. The College of Fine Arts is extensive and has a plethora of ways to experience the arts on campus. One way is the Museum of Fine Arts (MoFA), located on West Call Street near campus. Admission is free and open to the public Monday-Wednesday from 10 am to 5 pm and Thursdays until 8 p.m. Inside they feature many types of exhibits throughout the year, each exhibit ranging from eccentric and unique to historical and informative. MoFA typically features art faculty and graduating artists exhibits as well. Events are hosted periodically and if football isn’t your thing, MoFA even offers a fun “Pregame at MoFA” opportunity every home game.
Within the college, there is also the School of Theatre, which as of September 3, 2019 has been named No. 7 for Best College Theater according to The Princeton Review. This top-tier theatre school right here in Tallahassee debuted its 2019-2020 season this month with “Chicago.” For students and members of the community looking to support the theatre, there are numerous chances to do so all year. This year, the School of Theatre is performing shows like “The Importance of Being Earnest,” “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs,” “In the Heights,” “We Are Proud to Present,” and “Marie Antoinette.” Purchase show tickets here.
FSU’s School of Dance is home to Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC), an internationally recognized dance research center that attracts many notable figures and dancers. With an impressive and talented student body and staff, the accomplishments of the college extend into the state, nation, and worldwide. At FSU, however, you can directly support the school by attending any concert series like Days of Dance, an Evening of Dance, and Master Thesis Projects at the Nancy Smith Fichter Dance Theatre. Check out their calendar of events & purchase tickets here.
College of Motion Picture Arts. FSU’s College of Motion Picture Arts ranks at No. 13 in terms of national rankings in August of this year. The film school is consistently highlighted as a powerful force in film schools because of their focus on experiential learning and their rapidly-growing alumni who make waves post graduation in the film world. Screenings of works completed by FSU students can be seen in various locations around campus, so be sure to stay updated with the college through their social media so you can support the students and their talents.
FSU English Department. FSU’s English Department iis home to numerous literary publications and ways to support the works of both students and faculty. The Kudzu Review serves as a completely undergraduate-student run literary magazine that has been around for over 30 years. The magazine itself is produced twice a year and publishes works completed by undergraduate students all over the country. They publish fiction, poetry, literary nonfiction, art, and photography, and encourage artists at FSU and around the country to submit their pieces or art, or apply to be on their staff.
Another literary magazine stemming from FSU’s College of English is The Southeast Review, which was established in 1979. This literary magazine is completely run by graduate students and a faculty consulting editor. The literary magazine is produced twice a year and they publish submissions consisting of literary fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, interviews, book reviews and art.
If you’re looking to read a book or work published by someone in the English Department, you can check out the homepage at https://english.fsu.edu/.
College of Music. The College of Music hosts a variety of events throughout the year to showcase all the talent that comes from this esteemed college at FSU. The College of Music has over five performance halls, including Ruby Diamond Concert Hall, Opperman Music Hall, and the Owen Sellers Amphitheater. In one of their many auditoriums and stages, students, faculty and staff, and the community can see guest artist lectures and recitals, the University Symphony Orchestra, and student performances. There are a handful of ensembles consisting of bands, choral, chamber, jazz, opera, early music, musical theater, world music, and orchestras that perform throughout the year as well. Check out their upcoming events at https://www.music.fsu.edu/
By Abby Cloud