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Betsy and John Casteen Arts Grounds Tour

Date & Time

June 7, 2019 @ 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Location

Drama Building, Lobby
109 Culbreth Road
Charlottesville, VA 22903

Overview

Join us for a walking tour of the Arts Grounds and see the exciting physical changes to the Drama Building & Ruth Caplin Theatre, the Hunter Smith Band Building, as well as the Fralin Museum of Art, Campbell Hall, the Fiske Kimball Fine Arts Library and Ruffin Hall. Hear about the exciting growth of the Arts and how they are integrated into the academic experience for current students. Tour guides include Jody Kielbasa, Vice Provost for the Arts and Director of the Virginia Film Festival, as well as department chairs and program directors in the Arts and Architecture. The tour will begin in the lobby of the Drama Building and end with a wine and cheese reception at the Fralin.

Speaker(s)

Jody Kielbasa

Vice Provost for the Arts; Director of the Virginia Film Festival, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost

Jody Kielbasa was appointed the second Vice Provost for the Arts in 2013. Jody is responsible for planning for the arts in consultation with the Arts Advisory Committee, participating in fundraising initiatives associated with the arts, and for initiating and coordinating cross-disciplinary collaborations for the arts at the University.  In 2009, he was appointed to serve as Director of the Virginia Film Festival and has guided the festival to record-breaking attendance numbers. Jody significantly expanded the festival’s Outreach and Educational programs to include a community-wide family day event, student filmmaking initiatives and more. Jody Kielbasa was appointed the second Vice Provost for the Arts in 2013. Jody is responsible for planning for the arts in consultation with the Arts Advisory Committee, participating in fundraising initiatives associated with the arts, and for initiating and coordinating cross-disciplinary collaborations for the arts at the University. In 2009, he was appointed to serve as Director of the Virginia Film Festival and has guided the festival to record-breaking attendance numbers. Jody significantly expanded the festival’s Outreach and Educational programs to include a community-wide family day event, student filmmaking initiatives and more. In the fall of 2017, Jody oversaw the Bicentennial Launch Celebration, a multi-disciplinary presentation featuring than 800 performers from UVA arts faculty and student ensembles performing with internationally renowned artists including Tony Award winner Leslie Odom, Jr., The Martha Graham Dance Company, Andra Day and the Goo-Goo Dolls. The show, presented in front of UVA’s iconic Rotunda before a live audience of over 19,000 people and streamed to over 70,000 alumni, combined live performance with state-of-the-art projection mapping on the Rotunda to tell the story of the University of Virginia from its founding to the current day. Born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, he attended Rollins College and graduated with a BA in history. He went on to receive a BFA in theatre from Florida State University and an MFA in acting from the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor’s Training. Jody spent ten years in Los Angeles where he worked as a professional actor before founding the award-winning Tamarind Theatre in Hollywood. He has produced over 100 plays, working with numerous renowned stage and screen artists. For ten years, Kielbasa served as the founding director of the Sarasota (FL) Film Festival as it became one of the largest and most highly acclaimed festivals in the Southeast.

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