Arts and Culture
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In May 2006, a working group of faculty members and arts leaders appointed by Provost Hyman, presented a document outlining a vision for the arts and culture in Allston. This document was intended to spark discussion within the University community about the opportunity represented by Allston—not only to address the space needs of existing arts organizations but also to develop new approaches and initiatives in the arts and culture.
The working group suggested that taking advantage of the Allston opportunity can enable the University to lead in the arts field. The working group defined “leading” as nurturing, supporting, and studying creative work at the highest level in a variety of artistic and cultural fields, becoming a generator of new work and of new thinking, and bringing arts and culture into the arena of vital activities in which the University excels.
During the current academic year, the working group’s report has been shared with faculty members in the arts and humanities. They have expressed enthusiasm for the idea that Harvard should use the Allston campus to experiment with new institutional approaches to the arts. In the coming months, the Provost expects to invite faculty and arts leaders to develop a more specific plan for the arts and culture in Allston, building on the good work begun by the working group.