2016 Creative B Activities

This summer, the University of Florida brings a world of creativity, culture and performance to campus and Gainesville with Creative B.

Creative B is art, film, dance, media, theatre and research centering around one common goal — to be creative this summer! Introduced in 2010 by the Office of the Provost, Creative B is designed to delight, educate and entertain with a wide variety of live cultural performances and interdisciplinary summer activities.

Here is a look at this year’s activities. To view this information in a calendar format, click here.

Creative B Movie Series

Public Art Project

Center for Arts in Medicine and Harn Museum of Art

College of the Arts

Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering

Digital Worlds Institute

College of Journalism and Communications

Creative B Movie Series

Friday nights July 8-29, the Florida Museum of Natural History and Creative B will host free movie screenings and explore the balance between science and art with an expert panel. “Wicked Plants” and the “Butterfly Rainforest” will be open to the public for extended hours until 7 p.m. UF students receive free admission to the exhibits with a valid Gator 1 card. The panel discussion starts at 7 p.m., followed by the movie. Parental discretion is advised.

‘Mothra’
Friday, July 8, 2016
1961, Not Rated
6-10 p.m. (opening reception is at 6 p.m.; panel discussion starts at 7 p.m.; followed by the movie)
Florida Museum of Natural History (3215 Hull Road, Gainesville, FL)
Free and open to the public
For more information: flmnh.ufl.edu or 352-273-2061
 

‘Little Shop of Horrors’
Friday, July 15, 2016
1960, Not Rated
7-10 p.m. (Panel discussion starts at 7 p.m.; followed by the movie)
Florida Museum of Natural History (3215 Hull Road, Gainesville, FL)
Free and open to the public
For more information: flmnh.ufl.edu or 352-273-2061
 

‘The Thing from Another World’
Friday, July 22, 2016
1951, Not Rated
7-10 p.m. (Panel discussion starts at 7 p.m.; followed by the movie)
Florida Museum of Natural History (3215 Hull Road, Gainesville, FL)
Free and open to the public
For more information: flmnh.ufl.edu or 352-273-2061
 

‘Matango’
Friday, July 29, 2016
1963, Not Rated
7-10 p.m. (Panel discussion starts at 7 p.m.; followed by the movie)
Florida Museum of Natural History (3215 Hull Road, Gainesville, FL)
Free and open to the public
For more information: flmnh.ufl.edu or 352-273-2061

Murder Mystery at the Museum

Wednesday, August 3, 2016
7 p.m.
Florida Museum of Natural History (3215 Hull Road, Gainesville, FL)
Tickets: $7.50 for UF students and $15 for the general public
Pre-registration is required: www.flmnh.ufl.edu
Murder and mystery are waiting for you at the Florida Museum of Natural History. Join the Murder Mystery Company as they perform “Crime and Punishment” as part of Murder Mystery at the Museum. Can you figure out who did it?

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Public Art Project

Water Landings and Sun Catcher

University Gallery (400 SW 13th Street, Gainesville, FL)
Free and open to the public
 

Reception: Friday, July 8, 2016
6 p.m.
Florida Museum of Natural History (3215 Hull Road, Gainesville, FL)
Free and open to the public
 

This year’s Creative B public artist is Nobuho Nagasawa. She is an interdisciplinary artist whose site-specific work explores the places, politics, ecology and psychological dimensions of space and people. Her work involves in-depth research into the cultural history and memory, and extensive community participation. Her work will reside outside of the University Gallery.

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Center for Arts in Medicine and Harn Museum of Art

Shared Hope – Art and Healing

June 29-August 5

Chandler Auditorium, Harn Museum of Art (3259 Hull Road, Gainesville, FL)

Free and open to the public

For more information: www.harn.ufl.edu 

Shared Hope features three distinct expressive practices that exemplify the power of art to raise the human spirit as a response to illness, aging and death. Bringing together photographs by Joyce Pearson and Stacey Steinberg, and Kathy Liu’s communal origami project, this display highlights love and hope as profound and vital aspirations for art tuned to health care patients and their families.

Shared Hope – Art and Healing Panel Discussion

Saturday, July 16, 2016
3 p.m.

Harn Museum of Art (3259 Hull Road, Gainesville, FL)

For more information: www.harn.ufl.edu 

Artists Kathy Liu, Joyce Pearson and Stacey Steinberg will discuss their remarkable projects on view in Shared Hope and discuss the intersection of art and human health. The discussion is followed by a reception.

Hack the Harn

Harn Museum of Art (3259 Hull Road, Gainesville, FL)

Talk with Museum Hacker Nick Gray: Thursday, July 7
6 p.m.
 
Harn Museum Hack the Harn tours: Thursday, August 11
6-9 p.m.
Free and open to the public
For more information: www.harn.ufl.edu 

Think you don’t like art museums? Then come Hack the Harn. UF’s art museum invites 20 undergraduate and graduate students to collaborate in creating outside-the-box tour-based hacks and adventures. The hacks will be operational at the Hack the Harn event on Thursday, August 11 from 6-9 p.m. Museum Hacker Nick Gray’s talk will kick off the Hack the Harn event on Thursday, July 7 at 6 p.m. Refreshments and activities will follow the talk. To learn more, visit www.harn.ufl.edu/hacktheharn. If you’d like to participate email Maggie Croushore, mcroushore90@ufl.edu, with your name, major, year, and worst museum experience (in 3 sentences).

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College of the Arts

Sketchy People


July 14-17, 2016
Black Box Theatre, McGuire Pavilion (1800 McCarty Drive, Gainesville, FL)

Tickets: $13 for UF students, $15 for UF faculty/staff and senior citizens, and $18 for the general public.
Ticket sales: University Box Office, 352-392-1653, www.ticketmaster.com
 

Hilarity ensues when members of a sketch comedy troupe reunite for one performance only. Will this live show be the big break in show business they desired for so long? Or will the same personal conflicts that led to their break-up dash their desperate hopes? Find out in this new comedy directed and written by Charlie Mitchell in collaboration with a cast of fearless actors.

Gator Summer Orchestra

Thursday, August 4, 2016
7:30 p.m.
University Auditorium (333 Newell Drive, Gainesville, FL)
Free and open to the public
For more information: www.arts.ufl.edu
 

The Gator Summer Orchestra returns for a second year to the School of Music. The completely student-run event features a full symphony orchestra comprised of UF students, local high school and middle school students, and Gainesville community members. Join us as the Gator Summer Orchestra performs selections by Beethoven, Strauss, and Brahms among others

Swamp Dance Fest!

July 5-31, 2016
Various times
G-6 Studio, Nadine McGuire Theatre and Dance Pavilion (1800 McCarty Drive, Gainesville, FL)
Free and open to the public
For more information: www.arts.ufl.edu/swampdancefest
 

Swamp Dance Fest! 2016, directed by Assistant Professor of Modern Dance & Choreography Trent D. Williams, Jr. The Swamp Dance Fest! is a transformative four-week dance intensive intended for pre-professional and professional dancers between the ages of 18 and above. The mission of the festival is to develop dancers with a wide range of technical skills and artistic sensibilities, preparing them for the vast range of performance, choreography, and learning opportunities available to them in today’s dance field. The Swamp Dance Fest! combines a rigorous schedule of classes in Ballet, Modern, Improvisation, Dance Entrepreneurship and Composition. In addition, rehearsals, performances, artists’ talks, dance films, and special projects, culminating in a performance of works created during the festival, performed by students and guests.

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Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering

Workshop with artist Nobuho Nagasawa

Monday, July 11, 2016

11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Weil Hall, Room 270 (1949 Stadium Road, Gainesville, FL)

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Digital Worlds Institute

Culminating showcase of students work and games

Friday, August 5, 2016

11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Digital Worlds Institute’s REVE in UF’s Norman Gym (624 SW 12th Street, Gainesville, FL)

Free and open to the public

For more information: www.digitalworlds.ufl.edu 

“Creating Mobile Games” is a course offered during Creative B to introduce students to conceptualizing, developing, and implementing their own mobile games. This culminating showcase will share the work of this class.

Film Screening Series

Tuesday nights in July beginning July 5, 2016

7 p.m.

Digital Worlds Institute’s REVE in UF’s Norman Gym (624 SW 12th Street, Gainesville, FL)

Free and open to the public

For more information: www.digitalworlds.ufl.edu

This series of short-film screenings will offer entertaining and thought-provoking glimpses into collaborations between art, dance, health and science fiction. Featuring special contributions from science fiction specialist Terry Harpold, associate professor in UF’s Department of English. Refreshments will be provided.

July 5

July 5th’s program offers a playful exploration of the ways that image and music can interact, featuring a variety of riveting music videos (both “classic” and contemporary) and mind-bending experimental art films.  Selections: Bottom’s Dream by John Canemaker, Kavinsky’s “Odd Look” video, Oskar Fischinger’s Motion Painting No. 1, and Blur’s “Music Is My Radar” video, and many others.  Program created in consultation with Charlie Cummings of the School of Art + Art History.

July 12

July 12th’s program puts the spotlight on contemporary approaches to dance.  Selections: Laura (directed by Arnaud Uyttenhove and featuring Laura Bachman of the Paris Opera Ballet); dramatic excerpts from Pina (Wim Wenders’s 2011 portrait of choreographer Pina Bausch and her protégés); and Digital Worlds student Hae-Yang Chang’s breakdancing film Stella.  Program created in consultation with Trent D. Williams, Jr. of the School of Theatre + Dance.

July 19

July 19th’s program investigates how the arts can positively impact health, in terms of mind, body, and community.  Selections: excerpts from The Barefoot Artist (about Lily Yeh’s crusade to create uplifting public artwork) and Capturing Grace (about Parkinson’s patients’ adventures in dance).  Program created in consultation with Jill Sonke, Director of the Center for Arts in Medicine.

July 26

“Wanderers – An Evening of Contemporary Short Science Fiction Films”

Curated & presented by Terry Harpold, UF Department of English + UF Science Fiction Working Group

“The most innovative and perhaps the most influential genres of science fiction film today are not the big-budget Hollywood spectacles but the countless thousands of short films created and distributed online by small, independent and sometimes one-person film studios. The capabilities of inexpensive desktop animation and film editing software have unleashed the talents of independent science fiction filmmakers worldwide, and produced original, visually and narratively complex works of arresting beauty and historical significance. Join us to view some of the best work in contemporary short science fiction film created by filmmakers from a half-dozen nations.”  - Terry Harpold.

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College of Journalism and Communications

Tour of the College of Journalism and Communications

Wednesday, July 13, 2016
11 a.m.
Weimer Hall (1885 Stadium Road, Gainesville, FL)
Free and open to the public
Join the student ambassadors, faculty and staff of the College of Journalism and Communications for a tour of Weimer Hall, home of the College of Journalism and Communications. Refreshments will be served.

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