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If you’re seeing this, you have managed to survive the seemingly unbearable summertime heat—you have managed to survive the drought and emerge victorious. Celebrate and rejoice, but remember: winter is coming…

But, not before fall! It’s that time of the year, again: it’s time for apple cider doughnuts, apple picking, apples…and it’s time for other things that begin with the letter ‘A’, that have absolutely nothing to do with fall vegetation: it’s time for a new arts season to begin at Salem State. 

Salem State’s Center for Creative and Performing Arts invites you to “come up the street” and pay a visit. The university is a hub of creative activity with programs by student, faculty and guest artists and many of our events are free!

For September:  Art + design student Patricia McGrath’s Honors in Art: Painting exhibition is on display in the Winfisky Gallery from September 7 – September 28. The gallery is located in the Ellison Campus Center at 1 Meier Drive and is open Monday – Friday from 10 am – 2 pm or by appointment at 978.542.6365. McGrath’s exhibition is inspired by her time spent studying in Florence, Italy during the summer of 2015, and features a multitude of must-see paintings. On September 14, McGrath will also be hosting an artist’s reception in the gallery at 6 pm that all are invited to attend. 

On September 19, at 7:30 pm, the disciplines of music and dance come together in a faculty collaborative performance, located in the Recital Hall at 71 Loring Avenue.  States of Flow: The Nature of Creativity explores how ideas are developed and connected during the creative process and evolve to a performed moment-in-time. This event is free, and—with our amazingly talented faculty performers—is sure to be unforgettable. 

Soundings East, Salem State University’s student run, national literary journal, celebrates the release of volume 38! Join editors and contributors on Wednesday, September 21 at 7 pm in Starbucks, located in Viking Hall at 71 Loring Avenue, for a reading and to pick up your copy. There will be cake! 

On September 29, the internationally renowned dance company, Chicago Dance Crash (CDC), comes to campus. CDC has emerged as the premier fusion-style contemporary dance company in the Midwest. With a unique mission of athleticism and accessibility, the Crash aesthetic is recognized for its combination of concert and hip hop techniques, in works ranging from full length productions to repertory pieces and freestyles. On September 29, CDC will give a free informal performance at 1:45 pm in the Twohig Gym (O’Keefe Complex) and will lead three free master classes in the Dance Studio. The first master class, Crash Fusion, will be held from 9:25 am – 10:40 am. “Fusion” is a melding between urban and concert dance styles. The lines of lyrical meet the isolations of hip hop, garnished with ballet turns and breakdance floor work. The style is performed barefoot in comfortable clothing. The second master class, Hip Hop, will take place from 10:50 am – 12:05 pm. This class focuses on waving, tutting, and popping or top rock/ down rock. The third master class is Crash Repertoire, and it will be held from 3:05 pm – 4:20 pm.  Movement excerpts from repertory works will be taught and used as a direct format to apply “fusion” contemporary dance from the classroom to the stage. This class is intended for advanced to intermediate dancers. All events are located at 225 Canal Street in the O’Keefe Complex. 

Last, but certainly not least, we welcome writers Regina Flynn and Keith Leonard to campus on September 29 at 7:30 pm to kick off our 2016-2017 Writers Series. Their reading will take place in the Martin Luther King Jr. Room in the Ellison Campus Center. Regina Flynn is coordinator of the professional writing program in Salem State’s English department, and will be sharing a creative non-fiction travel essay about her recent sabbatical. Keith Leonard is a Visiting Lecturer in Creative Writing at Indiana University, and the author of the collection of poems, Ramshackle Ode and the chapbook, Still the Shore. 

For more information about these or any of our fall events, visit us at salemstate.edu/arts or give us a call at 978.542.6365.

Be well, be artistic, and dare to discover!

Felicia Hayden ‘16
Salem State Center for Creative and Performing Arts

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