The 2018–19 season of Visions and Voices has come to a close. Students are wrapping up final projects, taking exams, and preparing for Commencement and summer. And though it has been a challenging year at USC, we have also completed another wonderful season of incredible arts events. It’s been thrilling to see the USC and larger communities come together through so many powerful experiences in the arts.
We will announce the 2019–20 season in June. In the meantime, I’m excited to offer a sneak peek of what’s to come. We will kick off the fourteenth season with our annual “SPARK!” event featuring a performance by L.A.–based dance company Versa-Style, who blend hip hop and Afro-Latin dance styles in their socially conscious work. Other dance events include performances by New Zealand’s mesmerizing contemporary dance company Black Grace, the groundbreaking tap dance company Dorrance Dance from New York; and San Francisco’s Sean Dorsey Dance, led by the acclaimed transgender choreographer. On Leonard Cohen’s birthday, we will present Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Perla Batalla performing the House of Cohen, a tribute to her longtime friend and mentor. Other highlights include an evening with internationally renowned artist Doug Aitken, a partnership with LA Opera featuring Eurydice composer Matthew Aucoin and librettist Sarah Ruhl; and a three-day event celebrating the 50th anniversary of Sesame Street.
I am grateful to the Visions and Voices staff, volunteers, faculty committee, and deans’ council for their hard work and commitment to Visions and Voices throughout the year and for contributing to an outstanding series of events. And I thank the students of USC for supporting and participating in Visions and Voices. This initiative was created for you, and we thank you for making the arts and humanities an essential part of the Trojan experience.
Congratulations to the graduating class of 2019, especially Visions and Voices student coordinator Ivy Hong, who looks forward to pursuing a career in the arts and grassroots organizing, and Visions and Voices volunteer Norma Hernandez, who is receiving her Masters in Social Work. The V&V team and I are proud of you and we will miss you! To all of our graduates, we hope that the arts and humanities continue to be a vital part of your lives. And for those who will be returning to USC in the fall or will be joining the university for the first time, we look forward to seeing you on August 22 at “SPARK!” Have a wonderful summer!
USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative
May 2, 2019