Month Two--

First month under my belt.  I've met a lot of people, got a lot of work done--first and foremost, program prioritization.  Much work ahead, but good work that will help CVPA move forward.

One thing I've found is that NIU, and CVPA in particular, is one of the best kept secrets in Illinois!  So, we're working on getting the good news about our Schools and students, alums and donors, faculty and staff out there, front and center.  To that end, we're looking for a few people to add to our roster--people who can help us spread the news and gather resources to help us do what we do best--make, create, discover, learn.

I'm finding my way about campus.  I like to find the nooks and crannies and secret paths to here and there.  When I come upon a spot that seems likely, I'll think--what can we do here?  What show can we put on?  What music suits the space?  What art can placed or occur in this spot?  I'm going to be posting pictures of likely spots and encourage students and faculty to put their creative minds to how to make the most of our spaces.

Here's a picture of me on "Gulliver"--a fabulous sculpture by Tom Otterness that was installed for a short time at my former institution, SUNY New Paltz.  It's a great example of utilizing a space creatively, and of art that engages community.  We tried to keep skateboarders off it, but it was too hard to resist!

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