Commentary: Musical recitals are a good start

Christina Collins Burton, Arts Editor
Christina Collins Burton, Arts Editor

With four weeks left of school, I am happy to see a generous amount of culture coming to the campus in the form of music.

Since the opening of the Ann and Steve Morgan Auditorium, the sound of singing has been echoing throughout Founders Hall.

As good as it is that our music is finally able to be heard on campus, where are the rest of our arts?

There is a healthy stream of exhibits that come through both the Irene Carlson and Harris Galleries on campus, and there is a season of plays put on by our theater department, but that is as far as it seems to go.

In between the changing of the galleries there is no expression from our students seen on campus.

The main supply of the art our campus is able to enjoy is supplied by purchased pieces that are either here temporarily or are imported for a short exhibition period.

I have not seen a student-run exhibit, festival or even a booth in the Farmers Market on D Street that shows off artistic talent from the students of the University of La Verne.

Thank goodness for our professors who have the passion for sculpture and paint, because otherwise I doubt we would see any expression from our own campus.

In the neighboring Claremont Colleges, you are able to see student and faculty work on the pavements and columns that you pass while walking to classes.

It is not out of the ordinary to see the work of past and present students all over their campus if only hanging off of the kiosks that are dotted around the campus.

I love the events and activities that show off how creative our students are with organizing events, that has never been a problem for the Campus Activities Board.

But something simple as an art show that is set up for a day in the middle of Sneaky Park would be a welcome addition of color to any day.

I believe that an active arts community on campus would encourage more creativity from our students and give them a different way of looking at things.

It is easier to show people a different point of view rather than tell them, so we start showing the students of the campus what they are missing out on between homework assignments.

There are some amazing and talented students on campus and they are hidden beneath the clean-cut lines of the flowerbeds and buildings.

If La Verne wants to strengthen its pride we need to find some individuals than can relight the spark that was once a roaring flame of our passion for this University.

Christina Collins Burton, a sophomore journalism major, is arts editor of the Campus Times. She can be reached by email at

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