FAU College of Arts and Letters hosts Brazilian Carnivale showcase to raise money for scholarships, show off student work

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Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters is putting all of letters from A to nearly Z on display during a Brazilian Carnivale themed fundraiser on Feb. 20.

From anthropology to women’s studies, the college houses more than a few dozen majors and minors in topics ranging from commercial music to philosophy.

To showcase some the disciplines housed in the college, its advisory board has planned its inaugural Culture, Arts and Society Today Party, known as the CAST Party, a fundraiser for student scholarships.

With a Brazilian Carnivale theme will come performances by Brazilian Beat, a dance group dedicated to showcasing the beat of Carnaval of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, along with the college’s own award-winning theatre, music and dance faculty and students.

“The faculty in FAU’s School of the Arts are world-renowned for their performances and visual arts creations, and this attracts top caliber students,” said Marta Batmasian, chair of the advisory board for the College of Arts and Letters. “We are very lucky to have these incredibly talented students and faculty members who provide our community with outstanding exhibitions, concerts, and theatre and dance performances.”

There will be entertainment and dinner by the bite. It will all take place on Feb. 20 from 6 to 10 p.m. at The Loft at Congress at 530 NW 77th Street in Boca Raton. Tickets are $125. Proceeds from the CAST party will support students with scholarships.

“Through the generosity of donors, we are able to support students who may otherwise not be able to attend college, including some that are the first in their families to go to college,” said Michael Horswell, dean of FAU’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. “By supporting this event, our donors will be changing people’s lives.”

The fundraising event is just one way the college is showing off some of its accomplishments. Throughout the year, the college hosts programs that are open to the public including gallery collections, lectures, plays and other performances.

A recent lecture on foreign policy given by a faculty member drew a crowd of 1,400 to a theater on campus. The school has hosted high profile speakers including James Patterson, Robert Kennedy and Jane Goodall in recent time.

Theatre productions are designed and put on by students and faculty as are musical performances.

Dean Horswell said providing accessibility of the arts to the Boca Raton community is fundamental to the school’s mission.

Upcoming events:

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For more information about FAU’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, visit fau.edu/artsandletters. Tickets are $125 and can be purchased at fauf.fau.edu/2020cast or by contacting Suzy Livingston at slivingston@fau.edu or 561-297-2584.