Exposure to the arts encourages individuals to be creative and explore fresh viewpoints. It also promotes critical thinking and imaginative growth and nourishes the mind, the heart and the soul.
Without question, the arts enhance quality of life for everyone. For this reason, I believe that community colleges should support the arts on their campuses, foster partnerships and support cultural events – particularly when the college serves as its community’s cultural center. As South Jersey’s steward of the arts, Camden County College aims to provide an array of visual and performing arts opportunities to area residents who already have an interest in the arts and to help others discover all that the arts can offer them. Whether you or your children are interested professionally or recreationally, as creators or observers, CCC offers arts education and experiences of many kinds.
Those who aspire to a career in the arts may pursue associate degrees or academic certificates in areas such as dance, music, speech, theatre, painting, photography, studio art and fine and applied arts. Those who enjoy artistic endeavors but aren’t interested in being a professional visual or performing artist may still pursue learning and growth in the arts by taking individual courses in these areas.
Others who enjoy experiencing the arts but prefer viewing to participating have an extensive range of shows in a variety of formats available to them each semester. CCC’s Marlin Gallery hosts free exhibitions that showcase paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture, pottery and other media created by students, faculty, staff and notable artists in the region. The Dennis Flyer Memorial Theatre and the Little Theatre present serious, comedic, musical and children’s plays and dramatic readings. The Flyer Theatre stages instrumental and vocal concerts and dance recitals as well. Please see ad below to learn how the arts are coming alive at Camden County College during the Spring 2012 semester.
Thanks to thriving partnerships with a number of local entities, the Flyer Theatre also regularly hosts many non-College special events in the arts. These include Mainstage Center for the Arts productions and camps; the Camden County Concert Series; and Tri-County Symphonic Band performances.
Even with all of these offerings, strengthening the College’s arts programming is a continual process. Everyone who is involved in the arts at CCC strives to enrich the artistic experiences of the members of the College and local communities.
For details on visual arts, e-mail gallery director Therese Marlin at email@example.com regarding exhibitions; Professor Frederick Herr at firstname.lastname@example.org regarding photography studies; or Professor Kay A. Klotzbach at email@example.com regarding painting, drawing, sculpture, pottery and other fine, applied or studio art studies. To learn more about theatre studies or productions, e-mail Professor Marjorie Sokoloff at firstname.lastname@example.org. For information about speech studies, dance studies or performances or Readers’ Theatre Project productions, e-mail Professor Allison Green at email@example.com. To learn about music studies or performances, e-mail Professor Michael Billingsley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Judith Rowlands is the dean of the Division of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Camden County College, where she has overseen hundreds of performing and visual arts presentations since joining the faculty in 1977. Rowlands holds an associate degree in theatre from CCC, a bachelor’s degree in theatre from Point Park College, a master’s degree in speech and theatre from the University of Michigan and a doctorate in higher education administration from Widener University.As seen in: Camden County Woman (Spring 2012)