“In the dark times
Will there be singing?
There will be singing
Of the dark times.”
~Bertolt Brecht, Svendborg Poems (1939)
As we navigate through the greys of this Toronto winter, I reflect on the profound challenges of this moment. In times of global conflict and uncertainty, it is easy to feel enveloped by what Brecht called the dark times.
Writing from exile in Denmark en route to the US, Brecht’s poems from Svendborg continue to resonate today. In the heart of metaphorical winter and amid ongoing global conflicts, we are reminded of the fragility and preciousness of human connection and understanding. Across the arts and design, in all their myriad forms, can serve to remind us of our shared humanity, transcending borders and barriers.
At the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design (AMPD), we are deeply committed to nurturing this transformative power of the arts. Our community of artists, scholars, and designers continues to explore and expand the boundaries of expression and collaboration. Behind all of our students’ works, there is a story of perseverance and determination.
In the midst of winter, yet on the cusp of Black History Month and the Lunar New Year, this edition of our newsletter is a celebration of our vibrant community. I am again pleased to share stories of our triumphs and achievements, of the faculty, staff, students and alumni who are boldly sharing their ideas, images and technique in the world. Each story is a reminder that even in the most challenging of times, we are buoyed by our collective creativity and collaboration.
I am also pleased to recognize the partnerships and collaborations that amplify our impact beyond the campus. These alliances are crucial in our mission to make art an accessible and inclusive experience for all. They enable us to reach wider audiences, engage in meaningful conversations, and participate in global movements that advocate for change and understanding.
As we look ahead, I am continually inspired and delighted by the accomplishments and commitments of our students. They are undaunted in their pursuits and I have no doubt will be successful long after they have left our University. Thank you very much for reading and I wish you all the best in this winter as we move toward the inevitable spring that will one day come.
With warm regards,
Dean, School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design York University
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