President Yager Provides an Update on UArts Day Plans

Sent to students, faculty and staff Sept. 15, 2021

Dear students, faculty and staff,

I write to you today with an important update on our plans for UArts Day. The continued risks presented by COVID-19 in Philadelphia and the surrounding region have prompted us to reexamine the safety of holding this year's event as planned. To that end, I am disappointed to inform you that we have made the difficult decision to cancel UArts Day.

This decision was not made lightly, nor was it an easy conclusion at which to arrive. UArts Day is much more than a joyful celebration of our campus, creative community and city that I look forward to with eager anticipation each and every year. The celebration is unique in its ability to foster and nurture meaningful connections to Philadelphia while introducing you to so many of the dynamic professional and cultural opportunities afforded by life in Philadelphia. With the rise of the delta variant and ever-changing public health recommendations, this year we cannot invite our entire community, plus external partners, to travel and converge in the in-person ways we are accustomed to.

Instead, on Friday, Oct. 1, students are encouraged to devote the day to self-care. You may also choose to participate in remote programming being offered through the offices of Student Affairs and Campus Life.

For students, a full list of programs can be found in the UArts app's Student Activities tile and will be highlighted in the weekly emails from Campus Life.

 As I have stated in previous communications, the health and well-being of our community remain our priority, and we must continue to take every effort to keep one another safe.

It is impossible to express how heartening it has been to see you all on campus again. The sense of enthusiasm has been palpable and uplifting. Together, as artists, we face a distinct opportunity to help shape our post-pandemic world with empathy, creativity and compassion. Please, continue to mask and take care of one another.