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Welcome to the Arts in the Libraries Virtual Festival!

Dr. Cullen Strawn, Executive Director for the Arts at Old Dominion University is pleased to share details about this year's arts festival at the Libraries.



Lecture Series Schedule

The Arts in the Libraries Virtual Festival is from March 21st - 25th. Registration opens March 8th. Please email us if you have any questions. Click here for our virtual program.


  • March 21, 1pm -2pm: How Social Issue Films Impact Culture and Inspire Change presented by Deborah Wallace
  • March 21, 3pm - 4pm: Watch 'Yet So Far' with the film's Director Priya Vashist, Q&A to Follow
  • March 22, 12pm - 1pm: Virtual Zine Workshop with Art Library Supervisor Gay Acompanado
  • March 22, 3pm - 4pm: 'Here Us Out': Methods of Theatre Performance as Activism presented by Brittney S. Harris
  • March 23, 1pm - 2pm: Is It Possible?...Designing the Costumes for "Cinderella" presented by Meredith Magoun
  • March 24, 2pm - 3pm: The Art Scene in Hampton Roads Two Hundred Years Ago presented by Robert Wojtowicz
  • March 25, 10am - 11am: Food, Shelter, Water: an Arts-Based Research Investigation
  • March 25, 1pm -2pm: Discovering the Scores and Recordings of 21st Century Composers in the ODU Music Library presented by Elizabeth M. Hogue



Arts in the Libraries

Please use this site to enjoy Festival lectures, performances, exhibitions, and virtual tours, all showcasing ODU students and faculty and the amazing arts collections found within ODU Libraries.


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Speaking of Art

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Innovative Performances

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Experience the Arts Collections: Virtual Exhibitions

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Take a Stroll: Art & Music Libraries

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Featured Events


Virtual Zine Workshop by Gay Acompanado

Tuesday, March 22, 2022 at 12pm - 1pm

Gay Acompanado, Art Library Supervisor will finally have the opportunity to host a zine workshop, which is the catalyst for how the Arts in the Libraries began from the very start with a simple question about zines to the head organizer, LaraAnn Canner. This virtual zine workshop will include a brief history of zines, introduce zines from the Hofheimer Art Library, and participants will have the opportunity to create their own zines during this workshop.

Registration is limited to the first 20 participants who register in advance. We will be distributing take home zine kits to participants who register in advance which can be picked up at the Hofheimer Art Library, Room 2008, Second floor, Barry Arts Building.



By Margie Clearwater, Dyke: A Lesbian Life

March 21-25 | Perry Library Art Gallery Space

Marge Reed joined the Navy in 1962 and was sent to photography school in Pensacola, Florida. She served as a PH2, Photographer Second Class, until she retired from the Navy in 1969 and moved to Hampton Roads. Marge was a prolific photographer and over the next four decades documented our area's vibrant queer community, taking hundreds of photos of friends, lovers, and activists. Her images capture examples of public queer life - moments of frustration and anger such as the 1991 march to Naval Station Norfolk to protest the military's gay ban and moments of community like the 1978 Carrie B cruise when more than 100 queer people gathered to sail down the waters of the Elizabeth River. Just as important, and sometimes even more interesting, are her photos of everyday life. These images provide rare glimpses of the day-to-day experiences of queer people, and Marge's particular interest in photographing lesbians provides us with images that are too often left out of queer history.

The title of this exhibition comes from Marge's own notation on a sleeve of negatives. She took on the name Clearwater in her activism and art and revels in a dyke identity - one that loudly proclaims womaness and lesbianism but also toughness and independence. The complicated and contentious history of "dyke" parallels the similarly complicated lives of those who claim it to describe themselves.

This exhibition of Marge's photography is curated by Cathleen Rhodes, Senior Lecturer in ODU's Department of Women's Studies and director of the Tidewater Queer History Project.




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