TechArts Festival to Showcase Creative Spirit on Campus

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Stephanie Lee
Office of the Arts

Fine arts isn’t something that most people associate with Georgia Tech. But a new annual festival aims to change that.

On April 12 and 13, the Institute hosted the TechArts Festival, a two-day event that showcased the creative spirit at Tech through student and faculty projects.

The festival was coordinated by the Office of the Arts at Georgia Tech in conjunction with the Georgia Tech Council of the Arts, which were both created in response to the Institute’s strategic plan priorities.

“The idea for the festival came out of the TechArts task force, which formed a couple of years ago to explore the role of the arts on campus, as outlined in the strategic plan,” said Aaron Bobick, chair of the Council of the Arts. “This festival is a way to bring greater visibility to the arts activities at Georgia Tech and to strengthen the culture of the arts at Tech.”

Events were free and open to the public and included works that showcased the convergence of art and technology and works that were solely artistic in nature. Highlights of the festival included:

  • The Margaret Guthman Musical Instrument Competition;
  • Automaton: A contemporary dance project featuring a dancing robot and live local dancers;
  • A student poetry reading featuring student work; 
  • Japan, Age and Gender: A photography exhibition by Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Colin Potts;
  • Public Power: An exhibition by graduate architecture students featuring the design and construction of a public performance space on the Atlanta Beltline; and
  • A Georgia Tech Jazz Ensemble performance with guest artists Dimitri Vassilakis on saxophone and Dan Wall on piano.

For a detailed schedule, visit www.arts.gatech.edu.