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    Doors to CSUF arts events now open to all Titans
    • October 6, 2023

    Beginning Oct. 1, Cal State Fullerton students have complimentary access to all performances and exhibitions available through the College of the Arts. From theater and dance productions to music performances and visual arts exhibitions, Titans will be able to experience and enjoy all that CSUF Arts has to offer for free.

    This unique opportunity has been made available to the student population through a collaborative effort between the College of the Arts and the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. The partnership will not only provide increased access to the arts for students, but the effort aligns with the university’s larger goal of building community across campus.

    “The impetus was to create a sense of belonging for our students here at Cal State Fullerton,” said Arnold Holland, Dean of the College of the Arts. “We have historically been a commuter campus, but if you’ve been on campus in the last few years, certainly since the pandemic, you’ll see that we’ve tried very hard to make the campus a more welcoming environment for students just to be.”

    Additionally, Holland acknowledged that faculty members oftentimes will ask students to attend an arts production or performance, and this opportunity will allow students to do so without the burden of having to pay for the experience.

    “It didn’t feel like that was a good use of a student’s time to pay to have to see a performance for a class without necessarily the ability to enjoy the performance,” Holland said. “We want things to be more accessible for students, for sure, but we also want it to be a more welcoming and belonging environment.”

    The College of the Arts serves more than 2,600 Titan students across 61 areas of concentration and is currently undergoing a $65 million visual arts modernization project that will run to the fall of 2024.

    The project includes the building of new spaces as well as the renovation of existing areas. Nearly 122,000 square feet of space is under construction and will feature new classrooms, offices, digital arts computer labs and an atrium space.

    The effort also includes the 15,000-square-foot Nicholas and Lee Begovich Gallery, an outward-facing building design that will bring all of the College of the Arts’ gallery spaces under one roof and provide greater visibility to both the campus and the community.

    “Our visual arts department, our performing arts department and the TSU (Titan Student Union) are really right in the hub of student activity on campus,” Holland said. “We want students to be able to walk by and see what’s happening inside the College of the Arts. We want everybody to know that this is no longer what somebody once described to me as, ‘the best-kept secret for arts and culture in Orange County.’ We don’t want to be a secret anymore, not to our students and not to our community.”

    Students interested in attending any of the College of the Arts events can obtain one complimentary ticket per performance by preregistering through the ticketing system website or by visiting the campus box office with their student ID.

    A variety of performances and exhibitions are scheduled for this fall, including a stage production by the CSUF Department of Theatre and Dance of “A Chorus Line” from Nov. 9 – Dec. 2 at the Little Theatre, as well as “Fullerton Pops!” on Nov. 4 at Meng Concert Hall, the first pops concert of its kind for the CSUF School of Music on campus.

    Holland sees this opportunity as an ongoing partnership between the College of the Arts and the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and he is looking forward to seeing the impact to the Titan community as increased access to the arts will allow students to explore, collaborate and connect.

    “In any given year, the College of Arts brings in tens of thousands of people from the community to see our plays, our performances and our exhibitions,” Holland said. “I’m hoping to see that number double with the inclusion of all of our students, regardless of their major here at Cal State Fullerton. This is not just for 2023 or 2024. I’m hoping this is the way forward for Cal State Fullerton for the College of the Arts.”

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