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Hello Peck School Students!

A Message from Dean Emmons, Peck School Faculty and Staff

We hope you know how much we value each and every one of you for your talent, commitment to learning, energy and passion. While you're studying with us, we encourage you to learn and experience as much as you can, and make sure you use this critical time in your career to get to know your faculty, classmates, administrators, and members of the arts community. After all, these are the people who will not only become your lifelong friends but can also help you launch a bright and successful career.

As a Peck School student, you are part of the next generation of leaders and we need you to become ambassadors for the arts. Take every opportunity to remind those you interact with about the benefit of the arts and become an advocate and a knowledgeable spokesperson for the arts.

In fact, many people in the public unfortunately have little knowledge about what the arts do. They only see you perform or draw or teach or shoot film. They do not know what is really happening when you are truly involved in the arts, not as a consumer but as a practitioner. In fact, research indicates studying the arts produces innovative and entrepreneurial students who are imaginative, persistent and confident.

That's why, while you're here, you'll do much more than perfect your artistic skills and develop your aesthetic. You'll learn and experience first-hand how artists help build a better world – not just by creating stunning artwork and stellar performances, but also by encouraging others to think more clearly, feel more deeply, and explore unchartered territories of emotion, analysis and partnerships.

So take the fullest advantage of your time and the people around you to get the most out of your education at UWM and the Peck School of the Arts!

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