Orchestra rehearsalIntroducing a new way to donate
to the College of Fine Arts

Even during a global pandemic, WSU College of Fine Arts students and faculty are committed to creating and sharing their art with you. Our community of patrons have long been the backbone of the College of Fine Arts, and much of our success is due to your enthusiasm, dedication, and support. Despite physical distancing requirements, students and faculty are exploring innovative ways to bring you the same caliber of programming you are accustomed to via streaming and other virtual mediums. 

Typically, the costs of productions are offset by ticket sales, but in the absence of live performances and a traditional box office experience, funding and resources are limited. Many of our virtual "events" will be offered for free online, and thus donations become even more important in sustaining the quality of our content. Luckily, the WSU Foundation has simplified the donation process with a new Text-to-Give option.

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1. Choose a fund you would like to donate to

Funds will be designated with different hashtags:


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2. Send a text to 52014

Text the number 52014 with ‘@shockers’ followed by the fund hashtag and the amount you are donating.

Example text:
@shockers #dance $15

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3. Follow the link to sumbit your payment information

You will be asked to insert your payment information to complete your gift to the College of Fine Arts.

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Your donation will go directly to the WSU Foundation, in the fund of your choosing. Donations may also be made through the Foundation website:


School of Music Upcoming Events

For Fall 2020, the School of Music is switching gears from live events to pre-recorded performances, which will be available on their YouTube channel and Facebook page.

Stay up-to-date by following the School of Music on social media, and be sure to check out the 2020 issue of Shocker Sounds, the School of Music magazine! 


Date Streaming Available Series
Date Streaming Available Series
Tuesday, November 3rd WSU Symphony Orchestra
Friday, November 13th A Cappella Choir
Saturday, November 14th Wu Choir
Saturday, November 21st Concert Chorale
Tuesday, November 24th WSU Symphony Orchestra

School of Performing Arts Events

The Monty Hall Problem (streaming Thursday, Oct. 29th-Sunday, Nov. 1st)

Winner of the WSU Playwriting Competition  

Playwright:  Ben Conner  
Director:  Jeannine Russell

Where does the smartest woman in the world go for advice? That very question is examined in this fictional reflection of Marilyn vos Savant. In 1993, wrestling with the backlash from a widely read and controversial magazine column she’s written, Marilyn visits her therapist. A logic puzzle that ought to be purely imaginary takes menacing shape when a saccharine game show host interrupts the session. Marilyn, her therapist and Daytime Emmy-Award winner Monty Hall match wits in a reflection on doors, goats, and what it means to be right. 

Premiering on the WSUTV YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/GhDCy_w9rO4 and the School of Performing Arts YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/e_f_GPs3-k8.

Musical Theatre Senior Capstone Project

A virtual Musical Theatre performance presented by 17 Musical Theatre Seniors. 

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ShiftSpace, Wichita Festivals to light up downtown Wichita

WICHITA—Downtown will glow from the light of illuminated art works from 6–9 p.m. Nov. 6 during the First Friday gallery crawl. Get Lit: a Night of Light is a collaboration between Wichita State’s ShiftSpace Gallery and Wichita Festivals, Inc. The event will take place near the gallery’s location at Groover Labs, 334 St. Francis Ave.  

“When we started to think about ways of safely coming together as a community, building literal bubbles made a lot of sense,” said Kristin Beal, ShiftSpace gallery manager. “The pandemic has changed our typical patterns of behavior, but we can still celebrate the power of art, which is open to everyone.” 

ShiftSpace invites WSU students and community members to build an inflatable bubble using simple materials and step-by-step instructions provided by guest artist Kylie Brown, creator of the MULTIBUBBLE project. Up to 20 free MULTIBUBBLE kits are available to WSU students. They include plastic sheeting, tape, velcro, and a loaner fan courtesy of Vornado. Community members may also join in, but will have to purchase their own materials at a cost of about $60.


Dean Miller, CFA Faculty share their "Perspectives on the Pandemic"

As a part of their "Perspectives on the Pandemic" series, the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences invited Dean Rodney Miller to host a virtual talk entitled, "COVID-19: Its impact on the performing arts and its audiences". Panelists Danette Baker (Theatre) and David MacDonald (Music Theory and Composition), as well as industry professionals Matt Miller and Marisa Santiago, discuss their insights into the state of performing arts in the world today.

From the Fairmount College's video description:

"The disproportionate effect of COVID-19 on the events industry, of which the performing arts is a significant portion, is devastating. It was the first industry to close down and will be the last to fully open back up. This industry supports 11 million jobs and generates over $1.75 trillion a year in direct, indirect and induced spending—greater than agriculture, broadcasting and telecommunications, auto manufacturing, truck and rail transportation, and computer systems design and related services.
"The arts, particularly the performing arts, constitute a majority of this gross domestic product–over 4.2 percent of the national GDP. In Kansas alone, the arts constitute around 3 percent of the state’s GDP ($4.2 billion), employing approximately 50,000 Kansans and representing $2.5 billion in salaries alone.
"When shutdowns occurred in March, this vital aspect of the American economy essentially ceased to exist. It ceased to exist on college campuses as well. But we need what the arts bring us now more than ever. How do we, as artists, respond to those needs in the middle of a pandemic? How do we mentor/educate our students? How do we engage our audiences in new and innovative ways? When will we return to normal, and what will the new normal look like?"
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Artists combine research, dance and film for She Moved the Prairie

(All images by Nora Dooley)

Despite the changing landscape of the arts under a global pandemic, Cheyla Clawson endeavors to showcase the beauty and history of rural Kansas in her upcoming film. She Moved the Prairie is a sociocultural dance film project focusing on patterns of work done by women on Kansas farms in the early 1900’s.

Supported by a Tallgrass Artist Residency, Clawson, the film's director and primary investigator, created over 75 minutes of material from June to August of 2020. Rehearsals then began in late August with seven dancers, including guest artist and adjunct Dance faculty member Sarah Frangenberg, with filming commencing mid-September. Dance student researchers were supported through Clawson’s awarded faculty research grant and the Performing Arts Angels donor group.

"I'm a third year student at Wichita State majoring in Filmmaking and I haven't participated in anything like this before, " says Caitlyn Cody, director of photography. "Filming an experimental period dance piece was a really interesting experience and it was a great way to incorporate art back into our lives during COVID--we were able to film outside and far apart. Cheyla was great to work with and she had a very specific vision that turned out rather beautiful." 

filming of She Moved the Prairie

She Moved the Prairie

The movement phrases capture women’s physical labor practices on their land including water hauling, gardening and domestic work. Through abstracting the body practices of female farmers, a full dance was created to present in a final film. The project was filmed throughout various rural locations in Douglass and Latham, Kansas. The movement and film show indigenous prairie settings and convey the history and beauty of the female body at work as the Kansas farm landscape was being developed.

Voice over incorporating historical perspectives and an original musical composition written by School of Music graduate student Joey Willette will provide the soundtrack for the film. She Moved the Prairie creatively weaves together art, culture, and history and contributes knowledge and scholarship across several fields of study including dance, film, history, and agriculture.

The film is co-directed by Director of Film Studies, Bret Jones, with direction of photography by Caitlyn Cody, dance production assistance by Nora Dooley, and student research assistance by Amalia Wendlandt. She Moved the Prairie is expected to make its virtual debut in March of 2021.