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SPRING 2020


WELCOME TO

I hope that you enjoyed our fall lineup filled with some of the amazing alumni who helped celebrate Babson’s Centennial. We continue with an equally exciting slate of programming for the spring in a multitude of genres and relevant topics with daytime and nighttime presentations that offer something for everyone. I invite you to support your favorite events but also to try something new or a little bit outside your comfort zone, you won’t be disappointed. I look forward to seeing you soon. Leslie Chiu, Director BabsonARTS

Sorenson Center for the Arts

Page Left Photos: (top row) Sababa at Jamie Kent & Friends by Taline Karozichian, Street Art Workshop by Taline Karozichian, Emma Pan in The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow by Taline Karozichian, Jaila Taylor with The Babson Music Collective by Taline Karozichian, (second row) Pinch Pot Workshop by Taline Karozichian. Film: Shoplifters, Storying Ourselves Rehearsal by Leise Jones, Poet: Jericho Brown by Taline Karozichian, (third row) Joni Grommesh in The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow by Taline Karozichian, Artist: Naoe Suzuki by Taline Karozichian, Jamie Kent by Taline Karoizichian, Pinch Pot Workshop by Taline Karozichian. Cover photo: New York Neo-Futurists by Anthony Sertel Dean.

Support for BabsonARTS programs has been made possible through the generosity of Richard W. Sorenson M ’68,P ’97,’00 and Sandra L. Sorenson P ’97, ’00; Estate of Norman Dorian ’48; and Lee J. Belitsky MBA ’93,P ’17 and Janice Belitsky P ’17.

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Ronald Gonzalez: Seeing Through My Eyes Artist Talk and Reception Tuesday, January 28, 5:00 p.m. FREE with reservation at babsonarts.org

Exhibit On View January 28–February 27, M-F 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Hollister Gallery

Aged found objects, their inherent physicality shaped and hardened by history, are the core materials of Ron Gonzalez’s anthropomorphic sculptures. The artist combines these found objects with leather scraps, soot, wax, and wire to build sculptural heads that contain a sense of past, present, and future within their aggregate anatomies. For Gonzalez, the objects that have been the most hard-worn or degraded, those that have reached the point of “no return” are the most compelling, because they reflect finite human existence while simultaneously taking on a new beginning as a raw material. There is a storied vulnerability to each of these heads, their hybrid persona having been uniquely defined by the selection of objects pieced together to make them whole.


Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Day: Steve Pemberton Wednesday, February 12, 5:00 p.m. FREE with reservation at babsonarts.org Carling-Sorenson Theater The Babson community remembers, reflects upon, and celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This event, now in its 17th year, initiates important conversations to continue the realization of King’s vision of justice, equality, and peace in our own community and in the world at large. The program includes a ceremony recognizing students and faculty through leadership and creativity awards. This year, the Babson community welcomes business leader and best-selling author Steve Pemberton as the keynote speaker. Considered one of America’s most inspiring business and HR leaders, Steve Pemberton’s triumphant life story is about defying seemingly insurmountable odds to become a trail-blazing corporate executive, enlightened diversity leader, visionary youth advocate, and acclaimed speaker. Steve is the chief people officer of Workhuman where he champions and promotes the Workhuman movement to inspire HR leaders to embrace more humanity and foster a sense of purpose in the workplace. His best-selling memoir, A Chance in the World, recounts his triumphant life journey and drive to become a man of resilience, determination, and vision.


From Start Up to Growth: Brighter Boston Arts & Business Conversation Thursday, February 13, 12:30 p.m. FREE with reservation at babsonarts.org Lunch provided. Sorenson Upper Lobby

Founded in 2013 by Boston Public Schools theatre teacher and lighting designer Daniel Jentzen, Brighter Boston’s mission is to guide teenagers to discover meaningful work and personal success through life-changing paid professional internships in the event production industry. Brighter Boston is the only organization in the region exclusively focused on providing skills training and job placement to underserved youth in the entertainment industry. Brighter Boston interns are provided with: A minimum 100 hour, paid internship with some of the best production companies and venues in the Boston area; an on-site professional mentor; and, career development and networking. Interns have worked with over

22 producing organizations including on shows for LL Cool J, Lucy Liu, Pax East, and Wynton Marsalis. Brighter Boston sits at the intersection of workforce development and the arts, with a focus on positioning young people where some of the most meaningful learning happens - the workplace. In March 2019 Brighter Boston hired Ann Sousa as the Executive Director to take over leadership and management of the nonprofit organization, marking an important step in the evolution of the organization, moving from start up to growth. Join Brighter Boston founder Dan Jentzen and Executive Director Ann Sousa as they talk about what led up to this big step in the development of the company and how it informs their future.


Dawn Simmons Theater Director, Playwright, and Arts Administrator Arts & Business Conversation Friday, February 21, 12:30 p.m. FREE with reservation at babsonarts.org Lunch provided. Sorenson Upper Lobby Dawn M. Simmons is co-founder and Artistic Director of The Front Porch Arts Collective, a new black theatre company committed to advancing racial equity in Boston through theater, a director, a playwright and an arts administrator. Her work has been shared with Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, Central Square Theater, Hibernian Hall, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, WAM Theatre, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Greater Boston Stage Company, Lyric Stage Company, Fresh Ink Theatre, and many others. Ms. Simmons is also Co-Artistic Director of New Exhibition Room and Executive Director of StageSource. We invite you to join the conversation with this multi-dimensional Boston artist and executive who embodies the innate entrepreneurial spirit of any creative endeavor.


New York Neo-Futurists in Residence Babson College and Wellesley College Collaboration Monday, February 24– Thursday, February 27

The New York Neo-Futurists are a diverse collective of writer-director-performers that create theater that is a fusion of storytelling, sport, poetry, and livingnewspaper. Through this, they foster community embracing those unreached or unmoved by conventional theater and inspiring them to thought, feeling, and action. Every week the New York NeoFuturists create a show in Manhattan called The Infinite Wrench: the award-winning, energetic, always changing attempt to perform thirty original plays in about an hour. The show is a collage of the comic and tragic, the political and personal, the visceral and experimental. Since opening in 2004, the NY

Neos have premiered more than 5500 new plays. Collectively they have been nominated for three Drama Desk Awards and more than a dozen New York Innovative Theatre Awards. They have also been featured in The New York Times, The New York Post, and HowlRound. For more on the NY Neos visit www. nynf.org. During their four-day residency the New York Neo-Futurists will be visiting classes, conducting workshops, and performing on both the Babson College and Wellesley College campuses. No two events during the residency will be the same!

Personal Storytelling and Performance Workshop Monday, February 24, 6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. Open to Babson, Olin, and Wellesley students only. FREE with reservation at wellesley.edu/theatre Ruth Nagel Jones Theatre, Alumnae Hall, Wellesley College This workshop is rooted in storytelling and designed to strengthen confidence and communication while bringing creativity to center stage in personal, artistic, and professional life. The aim is to empower and affirm the lives of the participants and get them to bring that personal creativity to their work and performance by drawing from personal experiences and cultivating extraordinary ideas from the seemingly ordinary.


The Infinite Wrench The Infinite Wrench is a barrage of 30 original plays performed in random order–a theatrical race against an onstage clock set for one hour. Each play offers something different, be it funny, profound, elegant, disgusting, topical, irrelevant, terrifying, or a song; all are truthful and tackle the here-and-now, inspired by the lived experiences of the performers.

Tuesday, February 25, 7:00 p.m. FREE with reservation at wellesley.edu/threatre

Wednesday, February 26, 7:00 p.m. FREE with reservation at babsonarts.org Carling-Sorenson Theater

Ruth Nagel Jones Theatre, Alumnae Hall, Wellesley College Space is limited. Performances involve heavy participation of the audience. Please arrive at 6:40 p.m. for the interactive pre-show. Schedule is subject to change. Please visit babsonarts.org for updates.

Workshop: from Personal Creativity to Professional Life Thursday, February 27, 11:00 a.m. FREE with reservation at babsonarts.org Space is limited Sorenson Black Box This workshop incorporates discussion on the business of being an artist and non-profit theater work with creative exercises rooted in storytelling to strengthen confidence and communication while bringing creativity to center stage in personal, artistic, and professional life. The aim is to empower and affirm the lives of the participants and get them to bring that personal creativity to their work and performance by drawing from personal experiences and cultivating extraordinary ideas from the seemingly ordinary. The workshop concludes with a lunch reception for participants and meet and greet with the Neos.


Waterline Reading Series Showcase Tuesday, March 3, 5:00 p.m. FREE with reservation at babsonarts.org Glavin Chapel

Waterline features a fast-paced hour of literary works with readings by Babson College faculty fiction writers, poets, and essayists. Past readers have included Ellen Argyros, Stephen Bauer, Melissa Leonard, Weston Miller, Mary O’Donoghue, and Mary Pinard.


Honeyland Directed by Tamara Kotevska and Ljubo Stefanov Wednesday, March 4, 7:00 p.m. FREE with reservation at babsonarts.org Carling-Sorenson Theater

The visually stunning and emotionally stirring Oscar-nominated documentary Honeyland captivated viewers at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, earning three highly coveted awards. The filmmakers spent three years documenting the life and work of Hatizde Muratova, the last in a long line of wild beekeepers. She is thrown into upheaval when an itinerant patriarch with seven children and a herd of cattle arrives and tries to turn this empty patch of territory into a literal land of milk and honey sufficient to feed his family. As the New York

Times’ A.O. Scott observes, the conflict that results over scarce and fragile resources feels, “like a microcosm of the human predicament at a time of environmental catastrophe.” From this complicated and fractious terrain, the directors have shaped a “luminous neorealist fable, a sad and stirring tale of struggle, persistence and change” that speaks profoundly to our own time.


Dell Hamilton: Until the Edge of Meaning Artist Talk and Reception Thursday, March 5, 5:00 p.m. FREE with reservation at babsonarts.org

Exhibit on View

March 5–May 18, M-F 9:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. Hollister Gallery Working across a variety of mediums including performance, installation, video, painting and photography, Dell Marie Hamilton uses the body to investigate the social and geopolitical constructions of memory, gender, history and citizenship. With roots in Belize, Honduras and the Caribbean, she frequently draws upon the personal experiences of her family as well as the folkloric traditions and histories of the region. For this show at Babson College, she will be presenting photographic images as well as new works on paper.


Thompson Poet Reading Series:

Carmen Giménez Smith Wednesday, April 1, 5:30 p.m. FREE with reservation at babsonarts.org Carling-Sorenson Theater “Carmen Giménez Smith… reminds us that our cruel pasts will lead to cruel futures, that the garbage we’ve consumed from television and the non-stop media cycle will color and pollute our perceptions. But in looking unflinchingly at the broken remains of the public and the personal, she also assures us that there is something to be built from the rubble.” (Emily Pérez, Boston Review) Carmen Giménez Smith is the author of six books, including Milk and Filth, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry, and Bring Down the Little Birds, winner of the American Book Award. She teaches at Virginia Tech University. This event will be followed by a book signing and reception. Presented by the Charles D. and Marjorie J. Thompson Visiting Poets Series


Sorenson Arts Scholars Spotlight & Reception Tuesday, April 14, 5:00 p.m. FREE with reservation at babsonarts.org Sorenson Upper Lobby

The Sorenson Arts Scholarship supports students combining their artistic pursuits with their Babson College education. Every scholar focuses on a project in their primary medium to explore and develop their artistic identity. Each year culminates in the Spotlight and Reception when the scholars present their finished pieces and share their process over light refreshments. Please join us as we celebrate their ongoing journey and meet these talented artists and entrepreneurs. The 2019-2023 Sorenson Arts Scholars are: Madison Adler ’21, Maria Blanco ’20, Caroline Clark ’23, Logan Harris ’22, Joseph Nash ’20, and Amara Ogukwe ’22.


Babson Music Collective Spring Concert Monday, April 27, 7:00 p.m. FREE with reservation at babsonarts.org Sorenson Black Box The Babson Music Collective is rooted in the jazz traditions of improvisation and creative expression. The group finds inspiration in a range of musical styles, from pop and afrobeat, to classic jazz standards. Drawing on each member’s personal playing style and experiences, the Collective creates unique arrangements for all of the music it plays. The Babson Music Collective performs at a number of concerts and events throughout the year, with the goal of fostering a community of Babson’s many student musicians and listeners. Photo by Taline Karozichian


Workshops BabsonARTS workshops give participants the opportunity to explore their own creativity and build important visual and communication skills. Visit babsonarts.org for more information.

Workshops are open ONLY to Babson, Olin, Wellesley students and Babson faculty and staff of all levels of experience. All events are FREE with reservation at babsonarts.org

Clay Roses Workshop

Rust Dying Workshop

Sunday, February 9, 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 20, 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

Trim Hall 221/Babson Ceramics Studio

Trim Hall 215

Student instructor Luke Talman will show you how to make beautiful roses from thin clay slabs. Make one or make a bouquet to give as gifts!

Learn how to use rusty objects to create beautiful patterns on fabric with Professor Danielle Krcmar. Rust dying is a simple process, when rust comes in contact with fabric, it will leave an imprint. T shirts and rusty objects will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring cotton or silk and their own rusted objects, tools or materials to further explore this process.


Student Performances There are an amazing number of student artists at Babson. These are just a few of the student-led groups that perform on campus. Come check them out! Performances in the Carling-Sorenson Theater unless otherwise noted. Dates and times subject to change.

AMAN: South Asian Student Association, April 17, 8:00 p.m. (location TBD) BAPSA: April 3, 8:00 p.m. Babson Players: April 9–11, 7:00 p.m. BDE: Babson Dance Ensemble, April 23–25, 8:00 p.m. Rocket Pitches: a cappella group, April 26, 6:00 p.m. SAG: Students Against Gravity, Improv, Spring Dates TBA, 9:00 p.m. (Trim/Grille Room)


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Creativity and innovation have long been hallmarks of Babson College’s focus on entrepreneurship, and the arts provide a space to explore th...

BabsonARTS Spring 2020 Brochure  

Creativity and innovation have long been hallmarks of Babson College’s focus on entrepreneurship, and the arts provide a space to explore th...