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Performing Arts at John Cabot University: Creativity, Collaboration, Connection

11 MAR 2014

This week, the John Cabot University blog lets students know all about the university’s thriving performance arts culture. Many colleges focus on building technical and academic skills, the skills identified as valuable to job placement and career building.  But more and more graduate school programs, like law and medical school, as well as company hiring teams will tell applicants that they also value foundational “soft” skills – like collaboration, creative problem solving, communication abilities and confidence. John Cabot University’s dance, drama and music societies encourage students to explore and develop these abilities while connecting with their peers and the community at large.  The blog post, Performing arts at John Cabot University: Creativity, Collaboration, Connection, suggests that

The mark of a truly progressive university, one which boasts a thriving student body and an engaged faculty, is its dedication to supporting student interests outside of the lecture hall.  Post-secondary education is about more than attending classes and studying for exams. For many students, it is a time of self-discovery through the exploration of a wide variety of interests. At John Cabot University, one of the finest American universities in Italy, we encourage students to broaden their horizons beyond the scope of their academic curriculum. The university supports dance, drama, and music programs open to students of all ability levels – encouraging participants to develop new skills while enriching social connections.

These are not degree programs, with the associated pressure to compete and excel.  Instead, the clubs support creative engagement – with one’s peers and the culture of John Cabot University’s unique setting as an American university in Rome. In fact, musicians can sign up for regular Open Mic performances where showcasing talent is just as important as raising awareness for social and humanitarian issues.  Students get to participate in the long standing tradition of launching important discussions through the exposition of art projects – a highly valuable experience that rounds out and compliments academic skill building.