Symposium on Collaboration Across the Arts, April 18

Posted on 4/9/2013 9:27:34 AM

IUP students, faculty, and friends are invited to a one-day symposium on collaboration across the arts on Thursday, April 18, 2013. Featuring music composer and 60x60 concept creator Rob Voisey, artists and educators from across the region will gather to discuss the significance of interdisciplinary teamwork in the creation of compelling, beautiful, critical art.

English Department faculty member Mike Sell, host for the event, comments, “Collaboration is fundamental to the arts. Even when we celebrate the most ruggedly independent individual artist, the reality is that even she depends on a network of influences, rivals, friends, mentors, assistants, and peers to create and share their art. Teamwork is the keynote of 21st-century art creation, no matter what medium.”

For more information, contact Professor Mike Sell at

Schedule of Events

Thursday afternoon, Stapleton Library, 2:00–5:00 p.m.

  • A panel discussion on interarts collaboration with IUP Emerita Rosaly Roffman, IUP faculty member Holly Boda, music composer and educator David Berlin, and composer and music promoter Rob Voisey. Berlin, Boda, and Roffman have collaborated on multiple projects, and their experiences with the challenges and opportunities of collaboration are surprising and enlightening. Voisey’s work with 60x60 is driven by a passion for new, innovative, team-based art. This discussion will be transcribed for “Archiving Rosaly Roffman,” a special issue of the international journal Works and Days.
  • A screening of Triptych, a film of the three-part collaborative intermedia project created by IUP emerita professor of English Rosaly Roffman, David Berlin, Holly Boda, and IUP dance students.
  • A poetry reading by Rosaly Roffman of poems used in the works she has created with Berlin and Boda.

Thursday evening, Sprowls Auditorium, 6:00 –8:30 p.m.

  • A presentation by former Carnegie Mellon University instructor and Pennsylvania arts advocate David Berlin on the role of collaboration and digital media in secondary education.
  • A presentation by the internationally recognized music composer Rob Voisey on the 60x60 project, the worldwide phenomenon that invites artists in all media to develop 60-second works that are then combined into one-hour sequenced performances.