Spotlight on the Arts Festival Highlights UGA Excellence in the Arts and Humanities

More than 60 literary, performing and visual arts events scheduled throughout November

The University of Georgia will celebrate the visual, performing, and literary arts on campus during the month-long Spotlight on the Arts festival in November.

Now in its 11th year, the festival will feature dozens of events and exhibits, including performances by the Grammy Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir at the Performing Arts Center. Other highlights include the University Theater’s production of “The Comedy of Errors” by William Shakespeare, a tribute to the late Congressman John Lewis by the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame, concerts by several student groups and of professors from the Hugh Hodgson School of Music and exhibitions at the Lamar Dodd School of Art and the College of Environment and Design.

“Spotlight on the Arts serves as a showcase for the University of Georgia’s longstanding excellence in the arts and humanities,” said S. Jack Hu, senior vice president of academic affairs and provost of the university. . “The arts and humanities enrich the learning environment at UGA, and the festival highlights the abundance and diversity of programming and scholarship on our campus.”

Many events are free or discounted for students, and all are welcome. Details and the full schedule for Spotlight on the Arts 2022 are available at

This year’s festival begins with the Student Spotlight event on November 1. Student bands will perform on the Tate Plaza outdoor stage from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Glee Club.

The Georgia Museum of Art will host the annual Spotlight on the Arts Family Day on November 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the university’s Performing and Visual Arts Complex. The free event will include performances, hands-on activities, demonstrations and workshops designed specifically for children and families.

Student research in the arts and humanities will take center stage at the annual 4 Minutes, 33 Seconds competition on November 16 from 4-6 p.m. at the Athenaeum, the university’s contemporary art space at 287 W. Broad St. The event is a tribute to the historic composition of John Cage 4’33” and offers students the opportunity to win prizes and share their creative research with their peers, professors, administrators and alumni from across the university community.

Spotlight on the Arts is coordinated by the UGA Arts Council, a group representing the performing, visual, and literary arts, as well as interdisciplinary academic units on campus.

“Arts Council members have put a lot of effort into planning this year’s festival, and we are extremely excited to celebrate the creativity of our students, faculty and guest artists and scholars with the entire community,” said Usha. R. Rodrigues, the university’s acting vice-rector for academic affairs and chair of the UGA Arts Council. “I hope Spotlight on the Arts inspires people to deepen their engagement with the arts and humanities, not just this November, but throughout the year.”

Members of UGA Arts Council include representatives from the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, College of Environment and Design, Creative Writing Program, Department of Dance, Department of Theater and Film Studies, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, Georgia Museum of Art, The Georgia Review, Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, Hugh Hodgson School of Music, Ideas for Creative Exploration, Lamar Dodd School of Art, Mary Frances Early College of Education, Performing Arts Center, UGA Press, UGA Libraries and Willson Center.

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