Florida State University to host second 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 throughout February to celebrate innovation and diversity that results from combining various modes of expression and subjects.

“The festival is a celebration of the creative talent, ongoing research and innovation on our campus,” said Professor of Organ Iain Quinn, who is the festival’s director and the university’s Research Fellow in the arts and humanities. “The Festival of the Creative Arts has a special focus on interdisciplinary collaborations with first performances, symposia, multi-media events, a film screening and events for children. We were thrilled with the response to the inaugural festival and look forward to welcoming audiences back to campus for these special events.”

This year’s events include two premieres, including a new composition by FSU Assistant Professor of Composition Liliya Ugay based on a text by Professor of English David Kirby.

All events are free and open to the public.

For more information, visit research.fsu.edu/fca.

A list of events includes:

Friday, Feb. 2

Science and Words

Why do we read science fiction? How does it challenge and nurture our culture in ways other fiction might not? What do scientists think about this fiction? Come and join the conversation.

3-4:30 p.m.
Claude Pepper Center
636 W. Call Street

Saturday, Feb. 3

Odes to Dance

This is the premiere performance of a new work involving faculty and students in dance, music and poetry, as well as a special collaboration with the FSU-headquartered National High Magnetic Field Laboratory.

“Odes to Dance” honors the FSU School of Dance’s 90/60/20 celebration. This academic year marks 90 years of dance classes at FSU, 60 years of dance degrees and 20 years since the founding of the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography.

5–6:15 p.m.
Nancy Smith Fichter Dance Theatre, School of Dance
130 Collegiate Loop

Tuesday, Feb. 20

Arts & Health Symposium II

The second part of an FSU research symposium on therapy and lifestyle. Faculty and students from art, dance, interior architecture and design, medicine, music, and nursing continue conversations about current research and future interdisciplinary collaborations.

9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Claude Pepper Center
636 W. Call Street

Friday, Feb. 23

Public Influence – Eleanor Roosevelt, Dante, The Beatles

What does it mean to influence the public perception of a critical issue? Come and join the conversation with faculty as we consider the influence of these seminal figures in society.

1-3 p.m.
Claude Pepper Center
636 W. Call Street

Saturday, Feb. 24

Sing with the Symphony

Come and sing in a premiere with the University Symphony Orchestra and University Choirs! Poet David Kirby has written a new text, “Happy Chemicals,” which has been set to music by composer Liliya Ugay and will be sung by the audience. Premiere of Eren Gümrükçüoglu’s The Seminole Overture, music of Berlioz and Korngold’s Violin Concerto.

Open to all ages.

10:30-11:45 a.m.
Ruby Diamond Concert Hall
222 S. Copeland St.

Discover Tallahassee

A special event for children ages 5-12. Learn about the work of FSU’s newly created Native American and Indigenous Studies Center and then join a rotation through art and music. Be creative and enjoy what you’ve learned in a fun environment!

12–1:30 p.m.
William Johnston Building
143 Honors Way


A special opportunity to see a preview of acts that will be featured in the FSU Flying High Circus spring performance this April. Live music played by the FSU Early and World Music Ensembles.

1:30–2 p.m.
Landis Green near the William Johnston Building

Ruby in Paradise

A screening of Ashley Judd’s debut film, directed by Victor Nuñez. The story of a young woman who moves from Tennessee to begin a new life in coastal Florida. Rated R. The screening is followed by a discussion with the director.

6-8:45 p.m.
Askew Student Life Center
942 Learning Way

Sunday, Feb. 25

Art and Nature

Explore the relationship between art and nature. An interdisciplinary evening of poetry readings, musical performances, and presentations on artists and climate change, and Goethe and the metamorphosis of nature.

7-8:30 p.m.
Longmire Recital Hall
125 Convocation Way

Wednesday, Feb. 28

Interlocking Art – Multi-Medium Gala

Club Downunder and Student Engagement present an evening of student creativity. Performances by an FSU Student Jazz Combo together with exhibits from students in The Department of Interior Architecture and Design, large projected digital animations from Department of Art students, and a fashion show led by student organizations.

6-8 p.m.
FSU Student Union
75 N. Woodward Ave.