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Volume 96, Number 4


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The world as a canvas
The School of the Arts offers students expansive education and artistic depth
by Rebecca Jekel

Opening creative worlds not always accessible on a college campus, the Messiah College School of the Arts offers a magnificent permanent art collection, quality theatre productions, and world-class performances and exhibits to its college community.

For students in the arts, the School provides a distinction that’s unusual in an intimate liberal-arts setting—nationally accredited programs in music and visual arts, and plans for accreditation in theatre. Students receive rigorous academic preparation plus personal training from world-class artists on campus and, through Messiah’s collaborative efforts, engage various cultural arenas off campus, such as the Harrisburg Symphony, the Susquehanna Art Museum, and other arts programs around the world. They are mentored by faculty members who combine exceptional expertise in their fields with a genuine understanding of art as a sacred vocational calling. A planned expansion of the Climenhaga Fine Arts Center will enhance students’ education even more, alleviating space constraints, unifying the School in one building, and offering vital professional performance venues.

“Artists who succeed often have professional training in their field and the career-building capacities offered by a liberal arts education,” says Richard Roberson, dean of the School of the Arts. Applying this comprehensive background in their fields today, the alumni artists profiled on the following pages illustrate both the quality of students who choose Messiah and the distinctive value of a Messiah education in the arts.

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