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Arts & Culture Conference
The University of North Dakota Arts and Culture Conference
The Arts and Culture Conference is an interdisciplinary initiative at the University of North Dakota that promotes campus and community conversations about the arts in contemporary public life. The conference brings together a diverse group of individuals involved in varied forms of cultural production to discuss the similarities and differences of their creative practices and works. The Arts and Culture Conference brings various artists and experts into connection with each other in an effort to bring the community into connection with the arts. The conference strives to involve the University of North Dakota community as well as the Greater Grand Forks area and the public at large to ensure that our awareness of and connection to the arts remains vibrant and meaningful.
To ensure as many points of access to the Arts and Culture conversation, the conference fosters interdisciplinary modes of participation and inquiry from across the College of Arts and Sciences. To advance the educational mission of the University of North Dakota, the conference connects the events of the conference to as many different classrooms as possible, supplementing the learning experiences of hundreds of students each year. To ensure that the conversation sustains itself beyond the week of the events, the conference includes creative activities that enrich the community in lasting ways, enabling students and the public to maintain an attention to the role the arts play in creating and critiquing contemporary culture.
The conference involves and benefits from the support of the Department of Art & Design, the Communication Program, the Department of Music, and UND Art Collections. Additionally, the conference enjoys the generous support of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Myers Foundation.
Cultures of Curation
On October 22nd-24th, the University of North Dakota hosts the 3rd annual UND Arts & Culture Conference. This year's conference is titled "Cultures of Curation" and will feature events that focus on the ways experts, communities, and citizens sort through the abundance of cultural objects and experiences made available by new media environments. Given the exponential increase in individual abilities to create and archive cultural content, we are faced with an embarrassment of riches that presents us with a need for editorial gatekeeping. This curatorial move also encourages the public to be more actively selective in shaping their own artistic experiences, which we see paralleled in the DIY movement. The Arts & Culture conference includes a series of talks from visiting artists and professionals on UND's campus, evening performances at the Empire Arts Center, and a month-long exhibition at the 3rd Street Gallery.
This year's visitors include the artist Craig Drennen (who is also curating the conference's exhibition), Kerri Miller of Minnesota Public Radio (host of MPR's "Daily Rundown" and "Talking Volumes"), David Pagel of the Los Angeles Times (author of the Culture Monster blog), Jennifer Preston of the New York Times, and filmmaker Kevin Schreck. The Empire Arts Center events include an evening of music curated by the ensembles of UND's Department of Music featuring music from the McSweeney's publication Beck's Songbook on October 22nd (reception at 7pm, concert at 8pm) and a screening of Schreck's Persistence of Vision on October 23rd (7pm). On October 23rd, all of our visitors will sit down and have a discussion about the role of curation in their work and in our everyday lives at 3:30pm in the River Valley Room of UND's Memorial Union. The conference will close on October 24th with a 7pm reception at the "Canon Fodder" Exhibition at 3rd Street Gallery.