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The wats:ON Festival is an interdisciplinary arts festival, bringing an eclectic and diverse range of internationally acclaimed and emerging artists and their work to Carnegie Mellon University. With arts events spanning live performance, interactive installations, art exhibitions, symposia and workshops, lectures, and film screenings, the festival provides a forum for active engagement, interaction, and collaboration between students and faculty from diverse fields within the campus community and beyond. The festival supports the commission of original new works created especially for the festival, installed and/or performed in the College of Fine Arts, transforming public space and experience, and extending the reach of the festival to forge greater connections throughout the university and arts communities.

Mission

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The wats:ON Festival is an interdisciplinary arts festival, bringing an eclectic and diverse range of internationally acclaimed and emerging artists and their work to Carnegie Mellon University. With arts events spanning live performance, interactive installations, art exhibitions, symposia and workshops, lectures, and film screenings, the festival provides a forum for active engagement, interaction, and collaboration between students and faculty from diverse fields within the campus community and beyond. The festival supports the commission of original new works created especially for the festival, installed and/or performed in the College of Fine Arts, transforming public space and experience, and extending the reach of the festival to forge greater connections throughout the university and arts communities.