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Art department offers fun and therapy

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For City College student Macey Janes, 19, taking classes in the school’s arts program is like, as she puts it, “therapy.” As a theatre and fine arts major, Janes says she’s very involved in various arts programs.

“Art is an important part of my life, and without it, I wouldn’t know where I would be,” Janes says. “When I’m engaged in my work, I feel so careless and stress-free and I would encourage others to join.”

There are plenty of opportunities for students to explore art on campus. On Sept. 26, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., the theatre department held auditions for the upcoming play, “Where We’re Born.”

“Many students have a hard time finding themselves throughout their years of early college and I have seen [that] many [students] find the light through this program,” says Kamariah Alexander, 24, a film and theatre arts major. “I am super excited to be a part of this [process] and want everyone to come out [in] spring 2012 to watch.”

Students and staff involved in the fine arts programs say they feel a strong connection with what they are doing and need the support of other students to keep it going.

“My class was formed to teach people how to express themselves,” says City College Theatre Arts Director and Professor Angela Dee Alforque. “Art has diminished at SCC, and more budget cuts to art would turn us into a student factory.”

According to Alforque, the arts and theatre departments lost almost half the funding they’ve had in the past.

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“Robin Hood and the Forest of Frogwarts” opens on Oct. 28 and was written and directed by City College faculty.

Another production, “Don Meyer & Gerald Walberg,” runs Oct. 5 to Oct. 28 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Kondos Gallery.

Among this semester’s visual arts offerings is “Bird House” a collection on display at the Kondos Gallery Nov. 10 though Dec. 7.

“This art show is especially important,” Janes says. “It is a collection of different and specialized birdhouses form every student and staff, it represents how one object can be decorated and interpreted in so many different ways.”

Many students like Alexander and Janes say they find their calling and passion in the kind of art the Humanities and Fine Arts and Theatre Arts and Film programs allow them to create.

“People don’t understand the importance of art and how liberating it can be,” Alexander says.

For more information about upcoming dates and times of the events in the Humanities and Fine Arts and Theater Arts and Film Departments, visit: or

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