Florida State University launches Festival of the Creative Arts

The Florida State University Office of Research presents the Festival of the Creative Arts, a campus-wide collaborative event highlighting the diverse voices, talents and creativity of FSU faculty and students.

Departments from across campus will come together Oct. 6-9, to celebrate the innovation and diversity that results from combining various modes of expression and subjects together.

The festival will feature a wide array of interactive exhibits, including film screenings and discussions led by FSU professors and symposiums covering topics such as the future of arts education and the interconnectedness of science and writing.

“The festival is a celebration of the diversity of creative talent on campus,” said Associate Professor of Organ Iain Quinn who organized the weekend’s events. “With the participation of more than 300 students and faculty, we have six first performances, documentary screenings, concerts, events for children, symposia, author readings, MagLab activities, the Marching Chiefs and the Circus. An original concert piece by Nico Gutierrez, “Pick a flower,” is based on a text of Paul Dirac includes school and community choirs. We very much want everyone in the community to explore the world of research and the arts at FSU.”

All events are free and open to the public.

For more information, visit https://www.research.fsu.edu/fca

A list of events includes:

Thursday, October 6

Imagining the Future – Educating the Next Generation

Symposium with faculty discussing the future of arts education

Lori Gooding, Steve Kelly, Lorenzo Pericolo, Sara Scott Shields

5:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
Dohnányi Recital Hall, Housewright Building, College of Music


Daring Women Doctors

Screening of a documentary on 19th-century women doctors

Post-Screening discussion

Valerie Scoon, Jing Wang

7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
College of Motion Picture Arts

Friday, October 7

Science and Words

Hear how a cyborg poet, a Pulitzer Prize winning novelist, and a graphic novelist engage science in their writing.

Robert Olen Butler, Russ Franklin, Jillian Weise

2 p.m. – 5 p.m.


Imagining the Future – Educating the Next Generation

Symposium with faculty discussing the future of arts education

Leon Anderson, Geoffrey Deibel, David Kirby, Sahoko Sato Timpone

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Dohnányi Recital Hall, Housewright Building, College of Music


Music and the Visual Arts

Textile Music; Improvising to Images; Choral Works inspired by Art

Kari Adams, Annie Booth, Karen Large, Meredith Lynn, Stephanie Sickler, Liliya Ugay, Levana.

7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Opperman Music Hall, College of Music.

Saturday, October 8

Prelude to a Premiere

A joint performance by the Marching Chiefs and the FSU Flying High Circus

Patrick Dunnigan, Chad Matthews

9:30 a.m.-10:10 a.m.
Westcott Plaza



Paint the Town!

Activity for Children Ages 5-10.

Collaborate on a large mural featuring images of historic, iconic, and memorable places in Tallahassee.

Sara Scott Shields

Exhibition by Interior Architecture and Design Students and Studio D.

Marlo Randsdell

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
William Johnston Building



Take part in the first performance of a new piece for audience and orchestra on a text of Paul Dirac. Works of Nico Gutierrez, Jessie Montgomery, Sibelius and a rare performance of the Vaughan Williams Concerto for Tuba.

Justin Benavidez, Nico Gutierrez, Michael Hanawalt, Alexander Jiménez, Mark Riley,
University Symphony Orchestra and University Choirs

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Ruby Diamond Concert Hall



Beyond the Stage

A behind-the-scenes look at Sweet Charity

12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Richard G. Fallon Theatre, School of Theatre



RSO Showcase

Join us for a diverse array of performances by Recognized Student Organizations.

3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Club Downunder, Student Union


Invisible History – Middle Florida’s Hidden Roots

Screening of the Emmy-winning documentary on the roots of slavery in Florida

Post-Screening discussion.

Maxine Jones, Valerie Scoon

7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
College of Motion Picture Arts

Sunday, October 9


First performance of an interdisciplinary work with contributions from more than 30 students in creative writing, fine arts, music, theatre, and dance

Anjali Austin, Director

2 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Nancy Smith Fichter Dance Theatre, School of Dance


MagLab Masterpieces

Explore the intersection of science and art at the world’s strongest magnet lab.

Create your own magnet-inspired artwork!

4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.