College of Creative Arts’ new series offers manageable mix of events

MORGANTOWN — Throughout the year, WVU’s College of Creative Arts presents roughly 400 events. These range from recitals and concerts to art exhibits, lectures and plays.
“We have so many, that it can be overwhelming,” said Keith Jackson, the college’s interim dean.
“I try to go to everything,” he added. “One weekend my mother asked me if I was going to all the things in my building. And I told her, there are 30 things in my building. I just can’t.”
So in an effort to make things a bit more manageable for potential audience members, The Curiosity Series has been established. It features 25 events from September through April that give the community a taste of what the college has to offer.
Jackson and the directors of the college’s three schools, as well as the director of the university’s art museum, came together to choose a balanced mix of programs.
“We probably started sorting it out back in February or March,” he said. “We sat down and looked at what we wanted to present and looked at spacing, so you’ve got something happening every couple of weeks. … They’re all at different price points and some of them are free.”
The Curiosity Series kicks off Sept. 6 with the internationally recognized chamber ensemble Pacifica Quartet. The show, set for 7:30 p.m. in the Lyell B. Clay Theatre, is also part of the Canady Chamber Series, sponsored by the Canady Family to promote live music education.

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