Year of the Arts celebrates PSOA’s 50th anniversary

The 50th anniversary of the Peck School of the Arts (PSOA) has inspired the Year of the Arts. From September 2012 through August 2013, the celebration will recognize the PSOA’s influence in the Wisconsin arts community and the impact that the arts have in every discipline and every walk of life.

Crossing Over: Oct 19 – Nov 9

For five decades, the PSOA has educated, trained and nurtured thousands of artists and art educators in every arts discipline – art & design, dance, film, music and theatre.

Since summer 2010, a core planning team has been developing plans, gathering ideas and creating collaborations for the Year of the Arts. Team members from the PSOA are Scott Emmons, interim dean; Diane Grace, director of development; Ellen Friebert Schupper, director of marketing and community relations; and Susan Mendelson, Year of the Arts manager. Members from other campus units are Patrick Kessenich, director, Major and Planned Gifts and chief operations officer, and Laura Glawe, director of University Communications and Media Relations.

At this point, collaborations have been established with more than 30 on-campus partners and more than 20 community partners, as well as arts, education and conference organizations.

“Year of the Arts activities will impact all of us on campus and in the Greater Milwaukee community,” said Scott Emmons, PSOA interim dean. “The range and scope is impressive, and includes several world-premiere and signature programs. And all of this programming is in addition to the 350-plus events presented by the PSOA every year!”

The schedule for the Year of the Arts continues to develop. For details on currently planned and newly created events, activities and collaborations, visit

Many of the Year of the Arts events are free, but PSOA events with admission charges are available at reduced cost to students, seniors and UWM faculty, staff and alumni. For more information, contact the PSOA Box Office at 414-229-4308.