Arts & Culture

'Behind the Blue': Innovation in the Arts During a Time of Pandemic With Dean Mark Shanda

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 22, 2021) — The arts play a significant role in the quality of life for many of us. Music, theatre, dance, painting, sculpture, you name it — the works of artists touch us, inspire us, make us think and so often bring us joy.

Mark Shanda came to the University of Kentucky as dean of the College of Fine Arts in the summer of 2017. In this installment of the "Behind the Blue" podcast, Carl Nathe of UK Public Relations and Strategic Communications talks with Shanda about the continuing growth of the college, as well as the innovative ways its various units are still connecting with the public in spite of the ongoing pandemic.

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