The Schwartz Center for Performing Arts is a tangible reminder of the necessary place the arts hold in the life of the mind. As varied arts disciplines at Emory have found a home together in this intentional, practical and beautiful space, the words of the late choral conductor Robert Shaw come to mind. He said "The arts are not simply skills; their concern is the intellectual, ethical, and spiritual maturity of human life."
Welcome to the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts 10th Anniversary page.
Explore the special anniversary events happening at the Schwartz Center this season, and take a look at the past 10 years of performing and creative arts at Emory.
On February 1, 2003, The Donna and Marvin Schwartz Center for Performing Arts opens at Emory University with a special concert event from the Music Department at Emory.
The Film Studies Program becomes the Department of Film Studies.
A Joint Major for Visual Arts and Art History is approved.
An expanded facility for the visual arts is developed on Peavine Creek Drive.
The Coca-Cola Artists-in-Residence Program begins. The program brings world-renowned artists to Emory and the Atlanta community. They deliver lecture/demonstrations, hosted master classes, and interact with music students of all ages. Artists in residence have included jazz bassist and vocalist Esperanza Spalding, violinist Joshua Bell, Kronos Quartet, David Dorfman Dance Company, and visual artist Dawoud Bey.
The Visual Arts Building and Gallery Opens. The Gallery Exhibits five to seven contemporary art shows each year, including an annual student exhibition in the spring.
The Vega String Quartet is named Emory's Quartet in Residence, becoming the first professional quartet to make Atlanta its home.
A new series entitled "Creativity Conversations" features Emory scholars and distinguished guests is inaugurated. Conversations feature guests sharing ideas that contribute to a broader understanding of the world. Guests include President Jimmy Carter, His Holiness XIV the Dalai Lama, biologist E.O. Wilson, author Alice Walker, former Poet Laureate Rita Dove, and composer Philip Glass.
Celebrated author Salman Rushdie is named Emory University Distinguished Writer in Residence for a five-year appointment.
Creative Writing faculty member Natasha Trethewey is awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for Native Guard, a collection of poems that pays homage to the black soldiers who served in her hometown of Gulfport, Mississippi during the Civil War.
Emory becomes one of only two schools in the country offering a cross-disciplinary B.A. in Playwriting.
The Micheal C. Carlos Museum accepted the Atlanta City Council’s proclamation welcoming “Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs” to the Atlanta Civic Center. The exhibition featured more than 130 treasures from the tomb of celebrated pharaoh King Tutankhamun and other ancient Egyptian sites. As a companion exhibition the Carlos Museum showcased the photography of Harry Burton, the official photographer of the Tutankhamun excavation when the tomb was discovered in 1922.
The University develops Creativity: Art and Innovation (CAI), one of four framing principles part of an overall strategic plan. As a result the Emory College Center for Creativity & Arts (CCA) officially launches. Both the CAI and CCA support opportunities for faculty, students, and staff to engage in activities, performances, scholarship, research, and conversations. They grant support to faculty and graduate students in incorporating creativity and the arts into their teaching and research, and encourage undergraduates to participate in various programs and attend arts events on campus and in the Atlanta community.
The Visual Arts Program becomes the Visual Arts Department.
Emory offers a concentration in Film and Media Management to students majoring in film or business.
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Music Director Robert Spano is named Emory University Distinguished Artist in Residence for a three-year appointment.
The Emory University Concert Choir sings at the National Convention of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) in Chicago at Orchestra Hall.
Emory offers a concentration in Arts Administration to students majoring in music, theater, dance, or business.
The Donna and Marvin Schwartz Center for Performing Arts celebrates its 10th Anniversary.
The Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta (ECMSA), Atlanta’s largest and most active chamber music organization celebrates its 20th anniversary.