Liberal Arts in Your Living Room

The College of Liberal Arts hasn’t stopped providing exceptional experiences for the community during this unprecedented experience. We’ve transitioned to an online venue and are continuing to offer what we do best in the arts, humanities and social sciences. We’ve put together a number of performances, lectures and activities for you to enjoy from the comfort of your living room. Together, we’re elevating humanity.

'When Will The Blues Leave?'

For The Love of Jazz features three members of the University of Nevada Reno Jazz Faculty. Hans Halt, Ed Corey and Josh Reed perform Ornette Coleman's 'When Will The Blues Leave?' originally recorded in 1958.

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  • Art

    Alone Together: Resilience in Art

    The School of the Arts held a virtual happy hour and celebration of the arts during Artown. Alone Together was a three-part series that highlighted original performances and artwork created during the strangest circumstances by students and faculty from the Departments of Theatre and Dance, Music, and Art. Find out how creativity persisted and evolved before, during and after the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders.

    The Lilley at home

    The Lilley joined in on the #MuseumFromHome trend and is posting some images from its own collection on Instagram.

    The Lilley's Art at Home

    The Lilley created tutorials for kids to learn about art and how to create their own unique pieces.

    The Lilley coloring book

    The Lilley has created a number of coloring pages of outlines from pieces from their permanent collection.

    The Lilley artist interviews

    The Lilley is hosting guests artists on its YouTube channel for in-depth art discussions.

    The Lilley 360

    The Lilley put together images of the museum to give virtual patrons a 360-degree view.

    MFA thesis virtual project

    MFA student Teal Francis was unable to host her final exhibition in-person; however, she created a virtual component you can participate in from home. Check out her instructions on how to make your own characters and bring them to life right in your living room.

  • English

    Song-writing workshop

    Two of our English faculty members put together a song-writing workshop. Watch the video and be inspired to write one of your own.

  • Humanities

    Thought on Tap: "Future Visions of Food, Culture, and Community"

    The Thought on Tap series held its first live online event. Questions explored included: In what ways does food shape the identity of people and communities? What is the future of food production and consumption in the United States? How can we make the food we consume more sustainable for the environment and our communities? How will the current health and economic crises transform the significance of food in society? Is it possible to build or rebuild communities through the way we eat?

    The event was moderated by Bretton Rodríguez, teaching assistant professor in core humanities and featured the following esteemed panelists:

    • Amanda Burden, editor and publisher of Edible Reno-Tahoe
    • Mark Estee, Award-winning chef and restaurateur (Liberty Food and Wine Exchange and other food establishments)
    • Tim Healion, culture and community relations director, Laughing Planet; restaurateur and co-founder of Reno’s legendary Deux
    • Gros Nez and the Pneumatic Diner
    • Kerri Lesh, University of Nevada, Reno instructor, cultural anthropologist and Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW)

    Thought on Tap is brought to you by Core Humanities, the College of Liberal Arts and Laughing Planet. You will find additional information, podcasts and transcripts of past episodes online.

  • Music

    Alone Together: Resilience in Art

    The School of the Arts held a virtual happy hour and celebration of the arts during Artown. Alone Together was a three-part series that highlighted original performances and artwork created during the strangest circumstances by students and faculty from the Departments of Theatre and Dance, Music, and Art. Find out how creativity persisted and evolved before, during and after the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders.

    Bacewicz Four-Parts

    The ever-so-talented Stephanie Sant Ambrogio plays all four violin parts in this Bacewicz score.

    Cello doodle

    Sit back and relax while listening to Dmitri Atapine play Reinhold Glière - Duo for Two Cellos Op. 53 No. 1. Spoiler alert – Dmitri is playing cello one and two.

    COVID Blues

    Enjoy a rendition of the COVID Blues with Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio, professor of violin and and Jeffrey Sykes.

    Gaspar Cassadó: Serenata for Cello and Piano

    Here is a sweet 1925 miniature for cello and piano by the great Spanish-Catalan cellist Gaspar Cassadó. A protégé of Pablo Casals, with whom he studied for many years in Paris, Cassadó learned composition from Maurice Ravel, and unsurprisingly he was especially at home when writing for his instrument! He is considered one of the greatest cellists of his time, and also was a fine guitar player, contributing several works to that instrument and often imitating the guitar in his cello compositions. 

    Here you hear the guitar at the very opening, with quick opening pizzicati and the image becomes clear: a warm evening scene of a charming confession accompanied by the guitar.

    Horn-Orchestra Hommage à Beethoven

    51 professional horn players (including Natalie Higgins, assistant professor of horn) from 43 countries, among them 33 solohornists have gathered in home isolation to perform a dedicated arrangement of the world known Beethoven’s composition Für Therese (known as Für Elise).

    Mozart in B Flat Duo

    Watch as the talented Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio, professor of violin plays both parts in this Mozart B flat duo for violin and viola.

    A Song for Health

    Our Trombone Studio in the music department recorded "A Song for Health" for all the healthcare and public service workers during this time.

    Tribute to healthcare workers

    ‘A Hope for the Future’ was written as a tribute to the true frontline heroes around the globe, health care specialists dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic! Inspired by the great Ryan Anthony, over 30 of the world’s most celebrated trumpet players (including University of Nevada Reno’s Jonathan Bhatia) filmed and recorded themselves in isolation on a new song written by Matt Catingub. Representing 14 different countries, classical soloists, jazz artists, educators, and even pop stars from the Dave Matthews Band and Chicago, ‘A Hope for the Future’ is dedicated to all those around the world who care for us.

    'When Will The Blues Leave?'

    For The Love of Jazz features three members of the University of Nevada Reno Jazz Faculty. Hans Halt, Ed Corey and Josh Reed perform Ornette Coleman's 'When Will The Blues Leave?' originally recorded in 1958.

    Ornette Coleman was a revolutionary figure in the world of jazz music, pushing the boundaries of what jazz could be through abstraction of established musical conventions. His influence inspired musicians to "free" themselves from the constraints of specific harmony and rhythm in the interest of more fervent musical expression. For many, this energetic expression present in free jazz functioned as a voice against oppression during the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 60s.

  • Theatre & Dance

    Alone Together: Resilience in Art

    The School of the Arts held a virtual happy hour and celebration of the arts during Artown. Alone Together was a three-part series that highlighted original performances and artwork created during the strangest circumstances by students and faculty from the Departments of Theatre and Dance, Music, and Art. Find out how creativity persisted and evolved before, during and after the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders.

Faculty and staff in the College of Liberal Arts wanted to send students a special message during this time of social isolation. The collage below was put into a full-length video and sent out to students.

Liberal arts news in your living room

The College of Liberal Arts is continuing to elevate humanity in a number of ways during the pandemic, by partnering with healthcare workers to make PPE, serving students remotely and providing the community a positive distraction from a social distance. Read about how our College has transitioned during this experience.

Up-close image of a person wearing a face mask
New survey focuses on COVID-19 behaviors and beliefs

University of Nevada, Reno assistant professor in political science part of multidisciplinary team of scholars dedicated to informing risk messaging and public policy

Students sitting in exhibition room talking
Public called to submit pandemic materials for local history exhibit

University of Nevada, Reno Shared History Program seeks submissions to include in exhibit displaying daily life during pandemic

"I aided children to be adopted, immigrants to migrate...I had applied concepts, theories and practices from the classroom to the work environment in our own society of Reno, Nevada."

Service-learning course helps Northern Nevada Latinx community

Spanish major translates legal documents to aid in immigration, adoption and social justice matters in local community

Zund Cutter cutting PPE gowns
Fab Lab partners with local businesses to make PPE for Renown healthcare workers

Fabrication Lab and Miller’s Jackets and Printing Services of Nevada are working together to help meet Renown’s community-donated goal for isolation gowns

Spring Awakening Choreography Rehearsal (left to right) Julia Parks, Abby Rosen, Adelynn Tourondel and Nate Hodges.
School of the Arts’ #ArtAt6Feet series: ‘We can get through it’

Theater and dance student Abby Rosen navigates University’s transition to virtual learning

A piece featured in Mariah Vargas’ thesis exhibition, “Lover,” in Student Galleries South on campus.
School of the Arts’ #ArtAt6Feet series: Supporting visual arts remotely

BFA candidate Mariah Vargas shares her experience – and new creations – during social distancing

Laura Ryerson performing at last year’s Spring Dance Concert with fellow dance major McKenzie Kennedy.
School of the Arts’ #ArtAt6Feet series: Dance in a digital form

Dance student Laura Ryerson grows as a student and choreographer through video instruction

University of Nevada, Reno senior and Music Education major Grace Desilets
School of the Arts’ #ArtAt6Feet series: Keeping the arts alive

Music student Grace Desilets navigates the University’s transition to online classes

Music Education major Kara Bainter with her cello
School of the Arts’ #ArtAt6Feet series: ‘We’re all in this together’

Music student Kara Bainter finds opportunities for connection and collaboration in online learning

Three healthcare workers wearing protective gear including masks, shields and gowns, in a procedure room.
University makerspaces and 3D printers at work developing PPE

Researchers, faculty and staff respond to the call for resources and deploy makerspace resources to support our healthcare heroes

Oil painting in wooden frame of old buildings on a street
The Lilley @Home

The Lilley Museum joins in on the #MuseumFromHome fun

College of Liberal Arts advising team sits on stairs in Pennington Achievement Center
Advising during the pandemic

Virtual advising appointments replace face-to-face meetings in the College of Liberal Arts