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Energizing Arts: New strategic plan sets the stage to engage, inspire and discover

Energizing Arts 2017-22 provides blueprint for the Faculty’s future

Host and ECON alumnus Andrew Phung asks audience why #ArtsMatters to them. Photo by Debby Herold

By Faculty of Arts

Engage. Inspire. Discover. This new vision for the Faculty of Arts was introduced today at the launch of its strategic plan, Energizing Arts 2017-22. More than 100 members of the Arts community gathered to hear the priorities and goals that set the future direction for the faculty.

“The Faculty of Arts is a vast and multidisciplinary academic community. Some of our researchers are conducting cognitive neuroscience at the Foothills Hospital, while others are choreographing exquisite dance performances. Likewise, some of our students are training to master Earth-space technologies, while others are learning the vocabulary and grammar of ancient languages,” said Richard Sigurdson, dean of the Faculty of Arts.

“We see this diversity as our strength. Across our 12 departments and two schools, we create an environment where our students, faculty and staff foster critical thinking, engage as global citizens, and collaborate as leaders, bold innovators and creative practitioners.”

Energizing Arts sets the direction for the Faculty of Arts through critical inquiry, creative practice and collaborative exploration. The strategy also supports participatory citizenship though informed discussion and evidence-based approaches.

The strategy is built upon three priorities:

  • Critical and creative research, teaching and learning;
  • Engaging communities; and
  • Citizenship, diversity and inclusion.

The plan also outlines meaningful goals, achievable actions, key responsibilities and measurable outcomes for each priority.

Energizing Arts 2017-22 is the result of extensive consultation with Faculty of Arts stakeholders. Between September 2016 and March 2017, more than 350 undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, alumni and community leaders shared their thoughts and opinions through focus groups, online surveys and written feedback.

“The valuable input of our Arts community was critical to the development of this plan,” said Florentine Strzelczyk, vice dean of the Faculty of Arts and role in the plan. “We’d like to thank everyone who participated in the process. Your input allowed us to design a plan that reflects our diverse faculty and is responsive to its members.”

“The quality and impact of our creative practitioners is already exceptional,” said Strzelczyk. “The stage has been set for continuing excellence and our new strategic plan outlines a measurable path to achieving it.”

Through the implementation of this strategy and the realization of its goals, the Faculty of Arts will make a difference in the lives of our students, faculty, staff and alumni, and in our community, nation and world.

“We’re laser-focused on excellence and driven to succeed. I’m incredibly excited to see what the next five years will bring as the Faculty of Arts embraces this opportunity to engage, inspire and discover,” said Sigurdson.

Energizing Arts Strategy 2017-22.

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