The arts improve our quality of life far beyond their economic impact

By Guest Columnist PATTY POULTER, dean of the College of Arts at Kennesaw State…

Georgia (Mar 31, 2015) — By Guest Columnist PATTY POULTER, dean of the College of Arts at Kennesaw State University


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Were you among the hundreds of millions of viewers who watched the Oscars or the Grammys recently? Have you seen some of the top-rated movies or listened to the hottest chart-busters in music?

On the local scene, perhaps you enjoyed Broadway star Jason Alexander of TV’s Seinfeld fame when he performed with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in early March – or you attended Wicked at the fabulous Fox Theatre.

Maybe you’ve made plans to see the Atlanta Opera’s The Marriage of Figaro in April, or the Atlanta Ballet’s MAYhem in May.

Patty Poulter


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