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Skidmore connects through SaratogaArtsFest

June 13, 2014

The summer arts scene in Skidmore’s hometown of Saratoga Springs is getting off to a roaring start with SaratogaArtsFest, June 11-15.

The eighth annual ArtsFest is taking place at venues throughout the city, including the Skidmore campus, with a varied schedule that spans music, dance, visual art, film, theater, and literary art. With more than 50 events, the festival is designed to appeal to a wide range of audiences, from avid arts enthusiasts to families with young children.

Scott Hamilton Kennedy
Scott Kennedy '87

This year’s festival has plenty of connections to Skidmore, including alumni participation. The festival lineup includes the Alumni Invitational 4 art exhibition at the Tang Museum; a theater performance by No. 11, a New York City-based troupe of Skidmore alums; and a screening of the documentary Fame High, directed by Academy Award nominee Scott Hamilton Kennedy ’87. Kennedy will attend the screening to lead a discussion about the film, which depicts the competition, triumphs, and heartbreak of aspiring artists who attend the Los Angeles High School of the arts, also known as Fame High.

David Miller's "The Toys I Never Had"
David Miller, "The Toys I Never Had"

Faculty connections to SaratogaArtsFest 2014 include an exhibition of paintings by Skidmore Professor Emeritus David Miller and a program titled “Sport as Art,” led by Professor Jeffrey Segrave, a noted expert on the Olympic Games and the impact of sport on society. The Saratoga Shakespeare Company, under artistic director Lary Opitz, professor and chair of Skidmore’s Theater Department, will present Shakespeare: The Remix. In the play, designed to introduce the Bard to young audiences, a girl on the verge of dropping out of high school meets Shakespeare’s ghost, and a battle of wits ensues.

Among the 12 events scheduled for the Skidmore campus is the festival’s “signature event”—a concert by Grammy and Tony winner Duncan Sheik at the Arthur Zankel Music Center on Friday evening, June 13. Other events follow throughout the weekend.

The prices for the festival admission packages (the ARTSPASS) are $40 for adults and seniors, $35 for military personnel. Admission is free for youths 12 and under. The ARTSPASS offers year-round benefits and discounts at area arts organizations, including galleries, theaters, and museums.

For a full schedule and more information, as well as to purchase an ARTSPASS, click here.

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