Creativity and culture

Anthropologist April Nowell studies tool use and diet among our Stone Age ancestors.

Award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker Maureen Bradley (left) heads the CFI Hi-Def Story Incubator Lab at UVic, which gives students hands-on experience in all aspects of film production.

Tenor Benjamin Butterfield has performed with the world’s top musicians and conductors, and is well known for his ability to transform young singers into emerging professional artists.

Renowned contemporary artist and painter—and Governor General Award-winner—Sandra Meigs is known for her expressive, eclectic art, primarily in the mediums of acrylic and oil.

As one of the world’s most productive Islamic art historians, Marcus Milwright is an expert on the history of medicine and cross-cultural exchange in the medieval Mediterranean world through art, architecture and objects.

Celebrating our differences

Culture and the creative arts help us make sense of our world and ourselves. As we become increasingly aware of our cultural diversity on a regional, national and global scale, we turn to the creative arts for emotionally rich answers to the most compelling questions confronting us individually and as a society.

UVic’s well-developed strengths in Indigenous studies, religious diversity, global engagement, questions of nationhood and equality, and linguistic diversity make this a natural place for exploring and celebrating cultural differences and interactions.

UVic hosts BC’s only stand-alone fine arts faculty, home to nationally and internationally recognized creative practitioners. With one of the most comprehensive applied theatre programs in North America, UVic attracts students from around the world who use performance art to spark social change—from providing hope to tsunami survivors in India and refugee camps in Africa to fostering Indigenous language revitalization in British Columbia.

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