January 13, 2021
Dear Students,

I hope you’ve all had a happy, comfortable break and were able to refresh yourselves for what looks to be another semester filled with logistical challenges. Luckily, we do have some wonderful positive things to look forward to—the relative safety of a vaccinated community, the chance to further capitalize on technological and pedagogical discoveries made last semester, the eventual return to face to face classes and, of course, the opportunity to offer live performances and share spaces once again. If we can use the promise of these things to propel us through a tough winter and spring, then I have no doubt we’ll come together as a community again stronger and richer, embracing the changes and even the scars left by 2020.

Student Instrument Rental
The DFPA maintains a limited inventory of musical instruments that are rented to music students for $40 per semester on a first-come, first-served basis. Students interested in renting a DFPA-owned wind or string instrument should complete and submit an Instrument Usage Contract. After submitting the Instrument Usage Contract, the Operations and Concert Manager will respond to confirm the availability of the instrument requested and provide instructions for payment and pick-up.

Programming & Events
Artist in Residence, Aram Han Sifuentes
The DFPA is pleased to present Han Sifuentes’ upcoming exhibition Official Unofficial Voting Station: Fight to Expand Voting Rights! at the Ralph Arnold Gallery March 12 – April 11, 2021. Virtual public programming associated with this exhibition will take place in March and early April.

According to the U.S. Election Project, in 2016 28.6% of Americans, equating to 92 million people, were disenfranchised and ineligible to vote in the presidential elections. The Official Unofficial Voting Station is an art project that creates symbolic voting events, performances, and art installations for those whose votes are suppressed due to disenfranchisement. Disenfranchised groups include youth under 18, non-citizens, incarcerated and ex-felons (depending on state laws), residents of U.S. territories, and those without government issued I.D.s (depending on state laws). 

What can voting look like if it were more accessible? What can voting look like if the disenfranchised could be the ones to determine what shows up on the ballots? Ballots and ephemera from the 2020 Official Unofficial Voting Stations will be on view in addition to Loyola student projects created in FNAR 393. Official Unofficial Voting Station is a site of empowerment, site for protest, site for sharing resources, site for social engagement and discussion, and is a collective art project making disenfranchisement visible and fighting against it in the United States.

Virtual Performances
This semester all our public programming will be virtual, primarily over Zoom. 
Our ever-evolving listing of events and where tickets can be reserved/purchased is still here: artsevents.luc.edu

To increase the accessibility of our performances we have reduced ticket prices to our Newhart productions and have many free performances as well. Patrons will also be able to choose to pay more for a ticket if they are able. 

Action Items
Campus COVID-19 Testing
The University is set to open the saliva-based testing sites officially on Monday, January 11. If you plan to spend any time on Loyola’s campuses this spring, you will be expected to present yourself for testing. 

Testing sites are located at:
  • Damen Student Center 244 (Sr. Jean Room - Lake Shore Campus)
  • Mundelein Center 140 (Mundelein Auditorium - Lake Shore Campus) , east exterior entrance only
  • Cuneo Center 120 (Faculty Dining room - Health Sciences Campus
  • Maguire Hall 160 (Water Tower Campus)
Unless announced otherwise, testing hours for all locations are: 
Monday-Friday, 6:00am – 9:00pm
Sunday, 9:00am–12:00pm

All other details pertaining to on-campus testing protocols can be found here.
If you test positive for COVID-19, report your positive case over email to COVID-19report@luc.edu or by calling 773-508-7707. When doing so, provide your name, Loyola ID, phone number, and your date of diagnosis/test. A Loyola contact tracer will quickly follow up with you. You should immediately begin your period of isolation, as well. You can find more specifics about Loyola’s positive diagnosis protocols here.  
Should you have further questions, please consult Loyola’s On-Campus Testing site or email COVID-19testing@luc.edu.
Thank you all for the promise of a great spring—continuing in our demonstrated commitment to our community and passion for the Arts at Loyola.

Mark E. Lococo, PhD
Professor, Chair
Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Loyola University Chicago

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