Update on CVPA from UMass Dartmouth to Downtown New Bedford

Questions have been raised in recent weeks about the future of UMass Dartmouth College of Visual and Performing Arts at the Star Store in downtown New Bedford.

The college was, at one time, seen as a key part of New Bedford’s growing arts community, but critics say the CVPA gradually moved away from traditional fine arts and studio art programs , such as ceramics and textiles, and towards more career paths. degree programs, such as fashion design, animation, or game design.

CVPA Dean A. Lawrence Jenkens joined town square sunday this week to talk about the change and why.

Jenkens said the university will continue to offer studio art classes, but it’s clear that fewer students are interested in those areas.

“They may not all be housed at the Star Store, but painting, sculpting and drawing are fundamental to what we do, and we’re not going to stop doing that,” he said. .

Jenkens said more students are enrolling in programs such as fashion, illustration and game design, which will allow the college to retain smaller programs enrolled in traditional studio arts. .

“In order to revitalize the Star Store, to bring the kind of creative traffic that we brought to downtown New Bedford in the past, we’re going to focus on growth areas, student demand areas,” he said. -he declares.

Topping the list, Jenkens said, are programs such as graphic design, animation, art and game illustration.

The entire town square sunday interview with Dean A. Lawrence Jenkens can be heard here:

town square sunday is a public affairs program heard every Sunday morning at 6 a.m. and 11 a.m. on 2:20 p.m. and 99.5 FM.

The program spotlights individuals and organizations seeking to make the South Coast a better place to live and work.

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