Message from the President

At Scripps, performing arts events not only enliven the campus, they also underscore our approach to teaching and learning.

Like the Core curriculum itself, our events are interdisciplinary, collaborative, rigorous, and relevant. They also enhance our academic offerings: students’ direct access to renowned artists, whom they encounter not just as bodies on stage but as teachers and mentors in classrooms, workshops, and discussions, is a distinctive part of the Scripps experience. Such encounters may lead to formal collaborations, as with ArtSmooch, a multidisciplinary showcase of original work co-authored and presented by students, faculty, and visiting artists from across The Claremont Colleges. Or they may lead to loose, ongoing explorations, as with artist and choreographer Liz Lerman. Since February, Lerman has been meeting with students, faculty, and staff to talk about her work, solicit input, and workshop ideas, and this fall she will present a new performance at Scripps based on her research. Students who participate in these and other performance projects learn to think critically and creatively and develop the confidence to orchestrate their own artistic ventures.

Scripps’ investment in its performing arts events also provides our faculty with opportunities to bring their work into dialogue with that of peers and practitioners outside of The Claremont Colleges. In March, Associate Professor of Music Anne Harley and Professor of French Nathalie Rachlin received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to organize The Missing Pictures and Sounds of Memory, a week-long event exploring Cambodian art and culture culminating in a world-premiere concert of new music co-commissioned by Scripps.

I am proud that Scripps is fast becoming a regional destination for the performing arts, and I hope that you enjoy reading about these recent events in this issue of the magazine. I also welcome you to get involved with the performing arts at Scripps by attending an event, sponsoring a program, or making a gift toward the new Dance Center, which will expand our capacity for events as well as provide faculty and students with quality spaces in which to teach, learn, create, practice, and perform in a collaborative and interdisciplinary environment.

Lara Tiedens