Although Bardo Arts Center (BAC) is closed to the public during the WCU fall semester due to COVID-19 restrictions, audiences will have the opportunity to enjoy a selection of virtual events and experiences, with a lineup of streaming events beginning this month.

Documentary film series

The BAC Performance Hall has partnered with the SouthArts Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers to present a free documentary film series that audiences can watch in the comfort of their home. The films this fall are available to watch on browsers through computers and mobile devices, along with Rokus, Amazon Firesticks, Smart TVs and more through the app, “Eventive TV.” Each stream is followed by a post-film interview with the film’s director and/or other member of the film crew. The film series opens with the documentary, Coded Bias, streaming first on Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m. and again on Sunday, Sept. 20 at 4 p.m. 

Coded Bias explores the fallout of MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini’s startling discovery that facial recognition systems do not see dark-skinned faces accurately, and her journey to push for the first-ever legislation in the U.S. to govern against bias in the algorithms that impact us all. Shalini Kantayya, the film’s producer and director, will be interviewed immediately following each stream. Learn more about this film, the entire series, and how to register for a free ticket by visiting arts.wcu.edu/filmseries.

WCU Fine Art Museum

The WCU Fine Art Museum is currently offering an interactive 360° virtual tour of the exhibition, Cultivating Collections: Paintings, Ceramics, and Works by Latinx and Latin American Artists. This multi-year series of exhibitions highlight specific areas of the WCU Fine Art Museum’s Collection, which includes over 1,800 works of art in a wide range of media by artists of the Americas. As the Museum’s holdings increase, either through donations or purchases, it is essential for the Museum to evaluate strengths, identify key acquisition areas, and also pinpoint where significant change is needed. In addition to the virtual exhibition 360° experience, enjoy a video tour of the exhibition led by Museum Curator Carolyn Grosch. Stay tuned for updates and learn more at arts.wcu.edu/exhibitions.

David Orr Belcher College of 

Fine and Performing Arts

The entire Belcher College is working tirelessly to ensure the safest space for our students, faculty, and staff, and are taking courses virtual whenever possible. The Belcher College includes the School of Art & Design, School of Music, School of Stage and Screen, Bardo Arts Center (including the WCU Fine Art Museum), and the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band. Although we are not able to offer in-person events, we are working to provide as many virtual arts experiences as possible to the campus and community. Unfortunately, the inability to hold events also means that the College’s annual Friends of the Arts Gala has been canceled, which is the College’s primary source of funding for student scholarships and programmatic needs. Please read the column on the right regarding Friends of the Arts and learn ways to support the students of the Belcher College of Fine and Performing Arts.

Note: in an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19, Bardo Arts Center and the entire Belcher College of Fine and Performing Arts will not hold face-to-face events for the general public during the Fall 2020 semester. This includes exhibitions and receptions at the WCU Fine Art Museum. Discover further virtual WCU arts events and experiences by visiting arts.wcu.edu/virtual.