UCLy welcomes the Art world

By bringing art into the confines of the university, and by including cultural activities in the curricula, UCLy intends to develop the creativity, open-mindedness and listening capacities of its students

Culture Campus Life

updated on 28 January 2020
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Artistic creation is “a hive in which visible honey is magically turned into something invisible” (Louis Jouvet). So what if studying at UCLy was precisely about adding meaning, spirit and mystery to one’s sensitive incarnation at the heart of the world and knowledge?

At the initiative of UCLy management, a “culture mission” has been created during this academic year 2017-2018 to meet its community’s need to constantly renew its perspective on the world. Our campuses are indeed welcoming art more than ever before: photography exhibitions, private viewings, dances, concerts, the exhibition of works of art, etc.

Table d eping-pong dans le hall de l'UCLy - Art

A multitude of cultural and artistic activities available to students

"The cultural and artistic openness that is being deployed throughout UCLy adds essential and complementary qualities to the skills required by the curricula."

In the same spirit of daring and openness, the music of Quatuor Debussy filled the Saint-Paul campus. Two magnificent concerts attracted an important flow of students and visitors, namely Viva Latina (in echo to Los Modernos exhibition held in Lyon’s Museum of Fine Arts) and a Mozartian duel, starring no other than the superb tenor Julien Behr, former student of UCLy’s Faculty of Law. The University also welcomed on campus The Concert de l’Hostel Dieu for a multicultural concert, Paris-Madras, a daring combination of eras and styles. It was also delighted by the concerts given by UCLy choirs.

Artistic creation as a way of enriching our curricula

The cultural and artistic openness that is being deployed throughout UCLy adds essential and complementary qualities to the skills required by the curricula: the propensity to think outside the box, and to sometimes go against the tide, to share ideas in a spirit of co-creation, to listen to personal biases and different ways of thinking, to accept new and sometimes unprecedented ideas and different modes of expression, to be daring and creative, to see the world through the other person’s eyes, those of the artist, and to stand back and put things into perspective in matters of identity, culture, and society.

Concert dans le hall de l'UCLy Art

With its partners and the entire academic community, the university aims to be an authentic and proactive intelligent force at the service of human beings in all aspects of their lives: intellectual, physical, psychological, spiritual, legal, social, etc. According to François Varillon (1905-1978), ‘a Man’s task is to act like a Man. In the same vein, the cultural and artistic openness valued in UCLy aims to add essential and complementary qualities to the skills required by the curricula by encouraging all of the following in schools and faculties: the capacity to be daring and creative, to see the world through the other person’s eyes, those
of the artist, and to stand back and put things into perspective in matters of identity, culture, and society. Confronted with language and artistic experience, students go deep into the heart of a space where ideas can be shared and freedom can be freely enjoyed.

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