UC's Welcome Week Launches More than 60 City Arts Celebrations in 20 Days
Updated: Sept. 20, 2002
By: Dawn Fuller
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Archive: General News
The performer described as "The World's Only Rock 'N' Roll Painter" will welcome new students to campus when University of Cincinnati launches the city's very first festival of its kind to celebrate the diversity of the city's arts community. The kickoff of the 20/20 festival -- 20 Days and 20 Nights of Enjoying the Arts in Cincinnati -- will take place Tuesday, Sept. 24, from 4-6 p.m. on Sigma Sigma Commons, UC's main campus, as part of UC's Welcome Week. The rain location will be at the UC Event Pavilion. Douglas A. Lowry, dean of the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) will issue a proclamation to kick off the event. The celebration is free and is open to the public.
Performance artist Denny Dent and his "two-fisted art attack" have amazed audiences around the world. Using three brushes in each hand, he paints six-foot canvases of famous figures as he plays their speeches or music. Past performances have included paintings of Martin Luther King, Jr., Jimi Hendrix, Garth Brooks, Albert Einstein, Tina Turner and Beethoven, to name a small sampling. His agent says Dent likes to keep his performances a secret until they come to life on canvas, so the UC performance is still under wraps.
Dent's appearance is sponsored by UC's MainStreet project, the UC Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development and Enjoy the Arts/START, a Cincinnati non-profit organization.
Representing more than 200 arts organizations in the Cincinnati area, Enjoy the Arts/START works to promote arts events to students and people under age 30, at prices that fit younger budgets. Lisa Mullins, executive director of Enjoy the Arts/START, says it's only appropriate that the celebratory kickoff be held at UC, because that's where it all began. "We were founded by Patricia Corbett, Phyllis Weston and the late Irma Lazarus in the 1960s as a student-run club at the University of Cincinnati. Our founders started the club because they were seeing far too many empty seats and too many gray heads at arts events. So, they came up with the idea of Young Friends of the Arts, our original name, to bring young people into the arts community."
In addition to the kickoff at UC, the 20th anniversary celebration will feature more than 60 scheduled events in 13 neighborhoods through Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky -- a sampler of dance, theater, music and museums with themes to attract young adult and family audiences.