Watkins College of Art is removing its president from overseeing the school’s transition into Belmont University, following weeks of controversy surrounding the merger.
Classic ballets like Swan Lake or The Nutcracker have delighted audiences for generations. But they also have very specific ideas of what kinds of roles male and female dancers are expected to perform.
Now, Nashville Ballet is creating a new work that re-imagines the role of gender in dance.
The president of Watkins College of Art came under fire Wednesday by a room full of students and faculty disheartened by the news that Belmont University will be absorbing the small arts school.
Watkins College of Art will soon be a school within Belmont University, following a merger announced by the presidents of both schools at a press conference Tuesday.
The deal will mean the end of Watkins as a standalone institution. The school was founded in 1885 in Nashville and offers bachelor’s degrees in film, fine art, graphic design, illustration, interior design, photography and art, as well as two graduate programs: in film and in visual arts.
It started as a conversation between two strangers.
Ben Groner volunteered to tell a story to a poet from Nashville Public Radio’s podcast Versify. Megan Leanne then turned his story into poetry, and we liked the conversation and resulting art so much that we chose it to be one of our inaugural episodes of the podcast.