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Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative Awards Student Krystle Lemonias for Spurring Social Awareness
Congratulations to USF MFA student Krystle Lemonias who received a First Place Award from the Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative, in cooperation with the Art Center Sarasota. The exhibition competition and event attracted applications from throughout the state of Florida.

A child looks at the piece called Oscillation, New York, United States

Wednesday, April 14, 2021
The Urban Conga Architecture Firm Recognized as an Architizer A+ Firm of the Year
Congratulations to USF School of Architecture and Community Design alum, Ryan Swanson (M.Arch 2013) and his all-SACD team, for their selection as the Architizer A+ Firm of the Year Award for Small Projects.

Igor Santos

Monday, April 12, 2021
Congratulations to 2010 USF School of Music Alum, Igor Santos, Winner of 2021 Guggenheim Fellowship
Described as “otherworldly and mysteriously familiar” (Chicago Classical Review), and as “exciting and clear... with a striking boldness" (Luigi Nono Competition Prize), Igor Santos’ music has been performed internationally, by leading musicians such as Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ensemble Dal Niente, Ensemble Modern, Alarm Will Sound, eighth blackbird, POING, the American Composers Orchestra, and The Florida Orchestra.

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Some children with autism have learned to express themselves emotionally through music. Jeff Wheeler/Star Tribune via Getty Images

Friday, April 9, 2021
The Conversation: Doctoral Student Shares 3 Ways Music Educators Can Help Students with Autism Develop Their Emotions
Many children with autism struggle to find the words to express how they feel. But when it comes to music, it’s an entirely different situation.
Evidence suggests children with autism may enjoy music and show an early desire for music education.

Masked dancers perform together safely outside.

Monday, March 29, 2021
83 Degrees Media: USF Dance Instructor Paula Nuñez guides dancers safely through the pandemic with Tampa City Ballet
Remember when you could easily spend a day wandering an art museum or an evening at a local theater -- a time when you were physically present with the art and the artists in your community?
A year after COVID interrupted our lives and made going out and about with friends and family anything but routine, Tampa Bay Area arts institutions persevere. As they always do. But when a deadly virus forces performance spaces and gallery doors to close altogether or limit attendance -- how do artists go on creating, performing, and reaching their communities? How do arts institutions survive? How has the interaction and relationship among art, artists, and appreciative audiences changed, in some cases forever?

Michael Halflants' work

Monday, March 1, 2021
Professor Michael Halflants Elevated to the American Institute of Architects'
College of Fellows
Congratulations Michael Halflants, tenured professor at the University of South Florida, for being the first FAIA member on the USF School of Architecture and Community Design’s (SACD) faculty. At the USF, he teaches graduate design studios, urban design, tropical design, and modern housing as well as cofounding his own architecture and design firm Halflants + Pichette. Robert M. MacLeod, AIA, and SACD Director & Professor notes this significant honor in that “only 3% of architects have this designation and he is also quite young to be made a fellow.”

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