Air Play with class
Students from the UMass Theater Department meet with artists Seth Bloom and Christina Gelsone, creators of Air Play

2018-19 Faculty Page

Welcome from the FAC!

The performing and visual arts make a powerful impact on teaching and research across the entire university. As a hub for the arts, the FAC connects with faculty to provide opportunities for students to gain knowledge and insights. The world-class artists brought to campus by the FAC creates unique experiences that can have a major impact on the academic classroom.

Ways to Think About Linking Arts & Academics

There are many ways to connect your academic course to the performing & visual arts. Our expert staff can meet with you for a one-on-one consultation to determine the most appropriate and impactful experience for your students in support of your goals for the course.

While each performance, artwork, and course is different, there are three broad ways to think about making connections to academic classes. We call them the Three C’s:
• Content
• Connections
• Conversations

Content refers to the material addressed directly by the performance or exhibition. When a literature class attends The Reduced Shakespeare Company, or an architecture class visits XTCA’s public art exhibition, these experiences are directly germane to content of the courses themselves. Often these links can be easily identifiable while browsing our website, but our staff can provide insight into the content of specific artworks and performances that faculty might otherwise not know.

Connections draws links between the practices of the artists and the issues raised in the performance or exhibition, and the learning objectives of the class. Many artists engage in professional practices that apply to a wide range of academic fields. A string quartet, by definition, become experts in collaboration and sharing your expertise in close proximity with other experts. Visual artists engage in cross-disciplinary exploration and innovation. Through encounters with both the works of art and the artists themselves, students can gain new insights and approaches to the valuable skills that define success in countless academic – and professional – endeavors.

Conversations highlights the opportunities created by arts experiences to open new and difficult conversations. As part of their academic and professional training, students at all levels encounter challenging topics that can be emotionally and intellectually fraught. The arts provide a rich experience that allows for conversation and reflection that may not always emerge in the weekly classroom. A theater performance on dementia can spur responses from students in the health sciences to react to their own practicum experiences, or an exhibition inspired by cultural identity may spur business students to reflect upon their own expectations and backgrounds.

What We Provide

The FAC provides a myriad of opportunities to connect courses with performances, exhibitions, and artists:
• Reserve a block of student tickets for your class
        o Faculty & TAs receive complimentary tickets for any performance included in the syllabus
• Provide primers and supplementary materials
• Arrange a personalized visit to an exhibition or set
• Schedule an artist visit to your class**
• Include your class in post-performance conversations**
• Facilitate a pre- or post-performance discussion in your classroom with an FAC curator
**Based on artist availability
And don’t forget, UMass staff & faculty always receive 15% off their single ticket purchase for eligible performances in Price Ranges A & B

What To Do Next

Take a look across our website for some of the upcoming performances & exhibitions in the 2018-2019 academic year. You can also peruse the departmental index below for suggestions by department. Or if you are unsure, our staff will be happy to work with you to develop connections for your specific syllabus.

Then, reach out to an FAC staff member. Don’t worry if you are not sure who to contact, any of our staff will be happy to direct you to the right place.

Box Office: (to reserve a block of tickets for your class)
Emma Messier

Asian Arts & Culture:
Ranjanaa Devi

Augusta Savage Gallery:
Terry Jenoure

Center Series:
Aaron Shackelford

Hampden Gallery:
Anne LePrade Seuthe

Magic Triangle:
Glenn Siegel

University Museum of Contemporary Art:
Amanda Herman

Departments


Chemical Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering

DJ Spooky: Sonic Web
Max Richter Featuring the ACME Ensemble
Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Polymer Science and Engineering
Afro-American Studies
Dee Dee Bridgewater
Aaron Diehl: Paradoxes in Performance
Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah
Wycliffe Gordon and His International All Stars

Anthropology
Orange Is the New Black's Big Boo: Lea Delaria in Concert
Dee Dee Bridgewater
Aaron Diehl: Paradoxes in Performance
DJ Spooky: Sonic Web
Ballet Hispánico
Max Richter Featuring the ACME Ensemble
Selected Shorts
Spektral Quartet & Miguel Zenón
Theatre Re: The Nature of Forgetting
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

Architecture
DJ Spooky: Sonic Web

Art
DJ Spooky: Sonic Web
NW Dance Project
Max Richter Featuring the ACME Ensemble

Art History (see History of Art and Architecture)

Asian American Studies
Chinese Warriors Of Peking

Asian Languages and Literatures
Chinese Warriors Of Peking
Ying Quartet
Classics
The Reduced Shakespeare Company

Dance
Ballet Hispánico
Kodo: Evolution
NW Dance Project
Samhara: Nrityagram & Chitrasena Dance Companies
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
Chinese Warriors Of Peking

English
DJ Spooky: Sonic Web
NW Dance Project
Max Richter Featuring the ACME Ensemble
The Reduced Shakespeare Company
Selected Shorts
Theatre Re: The Nature of Forgetting
Matt Wilson: Honey and Salt

Five College Arabic Language Initiative
Amir ElSaffar Ensemble

Five College Center for World Languages
Samhara: Nrityagram & Chitrasena Dance Companies

Five College East Asian Studies
The Way of Incense: Koh-Do by Shoyeido Incense Company Japan
Yumi Kurosawa: Koto
Ying Quartet
Kodo: Evolution

History
Dee Dee Bridgewater
Aaron Diehl: Paradoxes in Performance
DJ Spooky: Sonic Web
Ballet Hispánico
Samhara: Nrityagram & Chitrasena Dance Companies
The Reduced Shakespeare Company
Spektral Quartet & Miguel Zenón
Matt Wilson: Honey and Salt

History of Art and Architecture

Improvisation
Darius Jones Quartet

Judaic and Near Eastern Studies
Amir ElSaffar Ensemble

Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning

Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Ballet Hispánico
Angelica Sanchez Nonet
Spektral Quartet & Miguel Zenón

Linguistics

Music

Orange Is the New Black's Big Boo: Lea Delaria in Concert
Dee Dee Bridgewater
Jane Bunnett: Maqueque;
Darius Jones Quartet
Aaron Diehl: Paradoxes in Performance
DJ Spooky: Sonic Web
Amir ElSaffar Ensemble
Zakir Hussain & Masters Of Percussion
Yumi Kurosawa: Koto
Angelica Sanchez Nonet
Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah
Spektral Quartet & Miguel Zenón
Storm Large’s Holiday Ordeal
Ken Vandermark/Nate Wooley Duo
Gohar Vardanyan ¡Guitarra! Classical Guitar Series
Matt Wilson: Honey and Salt
Wycliffe Gordon and His International All Stars
Ying Quartet

National Consortium for Teaching About Asia
Yumi Kurosawa: Koto
• Ying Quartet

Philosophy
DJ Spooky: Sonic Web
• Samhara: Nrityagram & Chitrasena Dance Companies
• Theatre Re: The Nature of Forgetting

Religion
Zakir Hussain & Masters Of Percussion
•​​​​​​​ Samhara: Nrityagram & Chitrasena Dance Companies

South Asian Concentration at Smith
Zakir Hussain & Masters Of Percussion
•​​​​​​​ Samhara: Nrityagram & Chitrasena Dance Companies

Theater
Orange Is the New Black's Big Boo: Lea Delaria in Concert
Kodo: Evolution
NW Dance Project
Samhara: Nrityagram & Chitrasena Dance Companies
The Reduced Shakespeare Company
Selected Shorts
Storm Large’s Holiday Ordeal
Theatre Re: The Nature of Forgetting
Chinese Warriors Of Peking

UMass Asian Languages and Literatures
The Way of Incense: Koh-Do by Shoyeido Incense Company Japan
Kodo: Evolution
Yumi Kurosawa: Koto

Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies
Orange Is the New Black's Big Boo: Lea Delaria in Concert
Jane Bunnett: Maqueque
NW Dance Project
Samhara: Nrityagram & Chitrasena Dance Companies
Selected Shorts; Storm Large’s Holiday Ordeal
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
Astronomy
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Biology

Chemistry
Environmental Conservation

Environmental Science
Food Science
Geosciences

Mathematics and Statistics
Microbiology

Physics
Kodo: Evolution
Psychological and Brain Sciences
Theatre Re: The Nature of Forgetting
Veterinary and Animal Sciences