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Symposium encourages collaboration among the arts

Symposium encourages collaboration among the arts

October 10
22:55 2012

Morgan Gentry / Intern

For the first time, the Greater Denton Arts Council will bring together artists from fields such as visual arts, dance, music and the written word.

The symposium, titled “Ekphrasis,” takes place today through Saturday at the Greater Denton Arts Council Center for the Visual Arts.

The Greek word “Ekphrasis” is considered an experience in which one medium of art attempts to relate to another medium by defining and describing its essence and form.

“We are trying to really show that arts don’t just operate in their own area,” said Margaret Chalfant, executive director of GDAC. “That music and drama and visual arts, all of it, is creative and works together.”

The event will begin at 6 p.m. today with a reception and book signing.

Friday, lecturers will speak on topics such as the importance of cultural tourism and arts advocacy as well as the importance and evolution of both public art and public policy.

Karla K. Morton, a poet laureate who received her title from the Texas Legislature, will speak at the lecture titled “An Evening with Eight Texas Poets Laureate.” Poets with these titles usually write poems for special events.

“This is the greatest honor of my life, to be a poet laureate,” Morton said. “Poets Laureate has been taking place in Texas since 1932, but the difference with this one is that it is not paid off, making it very unique and cool.”

All eight of the poets in attendance will speak at the event.

Morton hopes the session will encourage people to take a second look at poetry.

“People are scared of poetry,” Morton said. “They think it’s a cryptic type of language made only for scholars.”

Art professor Jack Davis, former director of the North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts, helped with this year’s symposium.

“Nationally and locally, people everywhere are talking about collaborating the arts,” Davis said. “There are not many events that do that out here, so it motivates us to provide that opportunity and move forward with the times.”

Davis hopes audiences will walk away with new ideas of how to collaborate and help others to initiate and inspire new art ideas.

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