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Block 6 Newsletter

Dear Parents and Alumni,

Creativity and innovation were all around during Block 6. CC kicked off the block with New York Times film critic A.O. Scott as our First Mondays speaker. His impassioned argument that criticism is the root of creativity aligns well with our liberal arts mission. That connection, between critical thinking and creative action, is sparking innovation across the campus.

On February 22, CC celebrated five years of The Big Idea. While 17 student teams participated in the program that began last fall, the culminating event featured five amazing finalists. FlyPhone ended up as the winning pitchCC Design Weekwith their concept of attaching a camera phone to a drone enabled by user-friendly software. Chica Chocolate, a subscription-based service for herbal-infused truffles that moderate hormone cycles, received second and Ogugu, a business analytics platform for global micro enterprise, came in third. With that foundation, our new innovation director, Dez Menendez ’02, is adding new programming that is already having a significant impact on campus.

In week three, the student-led Integrative Design Group and Art Professor Kate Leonard organized a week of special guests, alumni panels, and artistic demonstrations, kicking off the college’s first Design Week. With support from the Art Department Design Fund, the week helped students think about how to forge a career in design, and highlighted the many tools and resources CC has to offer.President's Council Student Art Show

The President’s Council annual Student Art Show provided an opportunity for dozens of student artists, musicians, filmmakers, and dancers to share their work. Last weekend, our Theatre and Dance Department performed “Mobilities,” a production of six faculty-choreographed, student-danced pieces. One work, “Never Not Falling” under the direction of Professor Shawn Womack, began as a community partnership between CC student dancers and BrainCare, an organization that provides support for individuals with brain injuries. And the Fine Arts Center museum is hosting three exciting exhibitions, including Don Coen’s large-scale portraits of migrant farm workers; the opening this block attracted national attention.CC student dancers and Braincare participants

The great turnout of students, faculty, staff, and community members for all of these events takes on new significance when I think about the future of the arts, as CC and the Fine Arts Center build our partnership. The three groups planning for the museumBemis Arts School, and theatre finished their work, and with additional community feedback, we are moving forward to create a comprehensive plan.

With creativity blossoming all across the CC campus, Block 6 captures the spirit of spring! I hope your spring season is a great one too!

Best regards,

President Jill Tiefenthaler

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