All about the arts: Newly launched portal promotes events at Rice

Where do you go if you want to know about arts attractions across campus?

A new website is now promoting arts events happening on campus every day — no small task for a community presenting everything from musical debuts and gallery openings to exhibitions of new work from students and faculty.

The Rice Arts Portal serves as a public-facing calendar of events from six different groups across campus: the School of Architecture, the Art History Department, the Moody Center for the Arts, Rice Public Art, the Shepherd School of Music and the Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts.

Rice Arts Portal
“If you aggregate all of the creative activities across campus, you realize that Rice is a hotbed of artistic activity,” said Alison Weaver, the Suzanne Deal Booth Executive Director of the Moody Center, who spearheaded the yearlong project. “World-class concerts, films, visual art exhibitions, lectures and programs, many of which are free and open to the public, happen every day. The portal serves to elevate and celebrate the arts at Rice.”

Funded by the Office of the Provost, the Rice Arts Portal aims to extend Rice’s reach and impact while engaging Houston, two of Rice’s goals for its Vision for the Second Century, Second Decade (V2C2).

“This is our way of saying, ‘Look at all the impressive arts programs happening at Rice –come and be a part of it,” Weaver said. “Over the long term, our goal is to ensure that the public perception of Rice consistently includes creativity and the arts. As President David Leebron writes in a letter on the portal’s homepage, the arts are a central component of a 21st-century education and a vital part of the university.”

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About Katharine Shilcutt

Katharine Shilcutt is a media relations specialist in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.