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Arts and Culture

Arts and culture enhance students’ capacities for critical and creative thinking in a variety of modes and enrich the experiences of the entire community. In cooperation with the Office of the Provost, we will improve the coherence of our utilization of the wealth of cultural resources available on campus and in the city through a variety of initiatives.

For 10 years, the Daedalus Quartet has been a major musical presence at Penn. As ensemble-in-residence at the Music Department, the internationally acclaimed quartet has been enhancing cultural life on campus as well as the undergraduate music curriculum. See the Daedalus Quartet’s 60-Second Lecture performance, “A Degenerate Dance: Music from Between the Wars by Erwin Schulhoff.”

Caroline Yost, C’15, was one of nine students selected for internships in the summer of 2014 through the RealArts program.

RealArts@Penn was created in 2007 to integrate art-world practice into the intellectual life of the University. The program is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and open to all Penn students.

Yost, an English major, interned in Los Angeles with writers David Stern and Stuart Gibbs through RealArts@Penn. Four days a week she worked with David in the Writer's Room for a new Amazon original series. On Fridays, she met with Stuart to discuss the latest drafts of his various series of middle-grade novels. Yost says, “I learned that writing a worthwhile story means solving a series of problems over and over again.”

Freshman seminars like this course, called Writing About Art, generate excitement about arts and culture early in students’ Penn careers.

Writing instruction for students in this class was complemented by visits to a number of galleries and museums as well as this visit to the studio of artist Sarah McEneaney.

We will continue to offer seminars like these and will also explore the creation of undergraduate and graduate certificates in the public humanities.