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Sac State’s Festival of the Arts covers the campus and beyond

James and the Giant Peach Sacramento State’s annual Festival of the Arts, or FoTA, is so big, it takes the entire campus to present it. And even that’s not enough.

The celebration returns Wednesday, April 5, and continues through the campus-wide Family Sunday Funday on April 9. The lineup includes jazz vocals by Sac State’s nationally recognized singers, a downtown street faire staged by students and instructors, special film screenings, a smorgasbord of modern dance, provocative discussions of art and history – and one humongous peach (a staging at the University Theatre of Roald Dahl’s classic James and the Giant Peach, pictured here).

“This is a gift to ourselves and our gift to the community,” says Sheree Meyer, interim dean of the College of Arts and Letters, “to showcase the vibrancy and the innovation of everything from our Theatre and Dance program to our Philosophy program.”

FoTA is aimed to support Sacramento’s vibrant arts scene, and that contribution includes the U-Create! street faire from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Seventh and S streets downtown, with live music, dance, art exhibits, and plenty to eat from food trucks.

“Arts and humanities speak to our similarities and to our differences,” Meyer says, “and they are the glue that holds our community together.”
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