Stories about "Arts"
“Peace begins with us.”That was the theme of this year’s United World College Day that a group of Davis United World Scholars at Bates celebrated by gathering with staff from the Center for Global Education in front of Roger Williams Hall. UWC Day is the annual global celebration of the UWC mission and values, which takes place on Sept. 21 every year, to coincide with the UN International Day of Peace. Each year, UWC Day is celebrated by thousands of people worldwide, including students and staff at UWC schools and colleges, national committees, UWC alumni and friends. Associate Dean for International Student Programs James Reese likes to recognize the day at Bates with a photograph and gathering.The spirit of friendship was in the air as students broke up from their large group to exchange hugs and words with classmates. Newcomers Rosina Makwabe ’26 of Arusha, Tanzania, and Verina Chatata ’26 of Blantyre, Malawi, who met at Bates, laughed and hugged. “I’m happy to have a friend,” Makwabe said.A $5 million scholarship gift to Bates College has expanded access for talented international students who come to Bates from the highly respected secondary schools of the United World Colleges movement.The gift, from Jonathan Blair Frank ‘89 and Tena Fishman Frank ’89, provides need-based financial aid for UWC students at Bates under the Davis United World College Scholars Program.The world’s largest international undergraduate scholarship initiative, the Davis UWC Scholars Program is dedicated to bringing together “promising students from diverse cultures and supporting their undergraduate educations at selected American colleges and universities…to create greater international understanding among the world’s future decision makers.”Bates is among 99 U.S. colleges and universities that have partnered with the Davis UWC Scholars Program, which helps provide college access to 3,800 students from 165 nations.(Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)Yvonne Chu ’25 of Changzhou, China, with Alan Wang ’24 of Henan, China
Bates photographers’ favorite images of 2022

Thursday, December 15, 2022 9:16 am

This end-of-the-year list — a tradition now in its ninth year — gathers our photographer's favorite images, both stills and video, that capture their own magic moments of 2022.

An inside look at the ‘invention’ of New England with Victoria Wyeth ’01

Wednesday, November 9, 2022 3:46 pm

In Wasilla, Alaska, this summer, incoming Bates student Karsten Stiner ’26 looked...

Slideshow: Dionysus comes to Main Street America with ‘Hurricane Diane’

Friday, November 4, 2022 8:46 am

In directing a play with a message about climate change, Kush Sharma '23 explains how theater can be a way for people to feel they can "be part of change."

Multifaith Chaplain and Lecturer in the Humanities Brittany Longsdorf takes her first-year-seminar FYS 532, “Arts and Spirituality: Art Making and Aesthetic Experience as Conduits for Reflection and Connection” for a visit to the Museum of Art’s Pedagogy Exhibition, on Sept. 22, 2022. Peter Philbin, assistant museum curator, hosted the group.The student participated in a “Visio Divina” that translates into “Sacred Looking” and says Longsdofr in a handout to the students, “ is a way to engage any visual art a a source of sacred connection. Visio Davina has been practiced for thousands of years in several different spiritual traditions and is rooted in the belief that the Divine is everywhere. The rocks and stoned and oceans and paintings and dancers and sculptors are all showing us new expressions of the spiritual realm among us if we only look with Sacred Sight. Find some quiet time, a half an hour works well, and follow these Visio Divina instructions to embrace some art-based spiritual practice. (See photo in PhotoShelter gallery for instructions).
‘Visio Divina’ and finding what ‘shimmers’ at the Bates College Museum of Art

Thursday, November 3, 2022 4:09 pm

Students in a First-Year Seminar class took a trip to the Bates College Museum of Art to practice using "sacred looking," and find what "shimmers"

Bates receives $500,000 grant to fund major arts and technology project

Friday, October 28, 2022 8:46 am

A new Immersive Media Studio — a focal point of a major new arts and technology project funded by a $500,000 grant from the Sherman Fairchild Foundation — will be a magnet pulling everyone from scientists to playwrights into collaboration. 

Bates is the place for K–3 educators seeking to learn the best way to use children’s picture books

Tuesday, August 30, 2022 3:50 pm

Over the summer, K–3 educators came to campus to learn from a Bates expert how to use children's picture books to teach their young charges about inclusion, respect, and cultures beyond their own.

Bates photography exclusively featured in special issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education

Monday, August 22, 2022 3:13 pm

The Chronicle of Higher Education, the preeminent U.S. higher ed publication, features Bates College photography exclusively for its 2022–23 Almanac issue.

Look who’s 40! Bates Dance Festival’s full return arrives in style

Friday, June 24, 2022 10:27 am

The Bates Dance Festival is turning 40 this summer and in fitting fashion, plans for the anniversary celebration will pull together the many elements that have made this renowned festival endure for four decades:

Class of 2022 ivy stone is a study in simplicity

Friday, May 20, 2022 3:26 pm

Designed by a Bates studio art major, and installed by Bates mason Ron Tardif with the tools of his trade, the Class of 2022 ivy stone is all about simplicity. This year’s design shows the power of simplicity.

Bates Film Festival announces 2022 awards in six categories

Friday, May 13, 2022 1:01 pm

From more than 20 films screened at the 2022 Bates Film Festival, the Bates students who produced the festival have announced jury and audience awards in six categories.

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