In the past year, students in art + design, music and dance, theatre and speech communication, and English creative writing programs have transformed the uncertainty and chaos brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic into inspiring works of art. Breaking through virtual limitations, our arts students, seniors especially, have created special works that reflect their talent, skill and ability to adapt. We invite you to view these spring 2021 highlights of our Salem State students studying dance, music, theatre, art + design, and creative writing:
Congratulations to the 2021 Creativity Award recipients! The Center for Creative and Performing Arts will present its 40th annual Creativity Awards virtually on Friday, May 21 on Vimeo. This annual celebration of the arts and creativity will recognize 10 students for their artistic achievement and commitment to their craft:
- Clifmon Leroy, art + design
- Michael Simpson, art + design
- Dylan Deforge, creative writing
- Kayma Snook, creative writing
- Abbie White, dance
- Molly Quinn, dance
- Annabelle Dionne, music
- J Lyons, music
- Christopher Raul Vega, theatre
- Parker Goodreau, theatre
As part of the 2021 Creativity Awards, the CCPA is also recognizing the Essex County Community Foundation’s Creative County Initiative and their support of local artists during the pandemic.
Art + Design
- Congratulations to this year’s Student Art Award winners in Salem State’s art + design department. View the 2021 Student Art Award winners with focuses in studio art, graphic design and art history.
- View the Salem State Earth Week art exhibition,“There is No Planet B.” This mail art exhibition features climate-change-themed art on postcards.
- Watch the Salem State Dance Film Festival and dance site-specific concerts, featuring work by Salem State student and faculty choreographers, online through May 31.
- View “Massachusetts Poetry Festival: Moving Words,” pieces created by Salem State University dance program alumni and faculty and inspired by poems from local poets.
View a reading of “White Savior” by Salem State student Christina T. Gelin, the winner of the undergraduate award in Salem State's inaugural Racial Justice Writing Competition. Christina is a senior graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in Professional Writing.
View a reading of Salem State honors student Kayma Snook’s thesis presentation, a collection of poems called “Tiny Victories.” Kayma is a senior graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in English.
Congratulations to the team behind the Salem State Theatre department’s performance of “Long Christmas Ride Home,” which won 13 awards at the Kennedy Center National Festival.