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Austin Peay college launches ‘We Can’t Make It Without the Arts’ YouTube series


(Posted March 24, 2020)

Austin Peay’s College of Arts and Letters on Monday launched a new YouTube series in an effort to share solace through “the power, depth of reflection and context only available from the arts.” 

The college’s dean, Barry Jones, hopes the series – called “We Can’t Make It Without the Arts” – will help viewers deal with “the isolation and uncertainty of the coronavirus and social distancing.” 

A new video featuring a faculty or staff member will post every Monday, Wednesday and Friday to the Arts and Letters YouTube channel, Jones said. The presenter will “share something from the arts that they turn to during times of anxiety, something that gives them hope and helps them navigate turbulent waters.” 

Jones took the first turn on Monday, sharing one of his favorite musical works, Miles Davis’s 1959 studio album “Kind of Blue.” You can see Jones’ video here.

Upcoming “We Can’t Make It Without the Arts” episodes will include:

The impact the arts have on our lives 

The idea of the videos was inspired by a suggestion from Dr. Tim Hudson, executive director of the Center for Extended and International Education.

“He said it better than I can: ‘Our constituents, colleagues and students could benefit from some sort of connection to the power, depth of reflection and context only available from the arts,’” Jones recalled.

Jones accepted the challenge and asked for volunteers to create videos “during this incredibly difficult time.”

“Students will get to see faculty share works that are very important to them personally and to see that we are also searching for ways to cope during this pandemic,” he added. 

Jones noted the power of the arts during hard times already is evident. 

“With the free online concerts taking place, movie studios releasing films direct to streaming and visual artists sharing their work on Instagram and other platforms, we are currently seeing the substantial and concrete impact that the arts have on our lives,” he said. 

Jones closed his video on a hopeful note. 

“Wonderful and important scientists, doctors, political leaders and others will solve the coronavirus problem, but until then I have Miles Davis.” 

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