A2RU
A2RU

University of Maryland

The Arts at the University of Maryland

The recently announced Arts for All initiative at The University of Maryland partners the arts with the sciences, technology and other disciplines to develop new and reimagined curricular and experiential offerings that nurture different ways of thinking to spark dialogue, understanding, problem solving and action. Academic programs in the arts are housed within the College of Arts and Humanities, including the Department of Art, the Department of Art History and Archaeology, and the Department of English M.F.A Program in Creative Writing, and the Schools of Music and Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies. The Honors College: Design Cultures and Creativity program explores the roles and impact of design in our societies and creative practices; we are theorists and thinkers who investigate the digital age through designing, analyzing, and making. The School of Architecture, Preservation and Planning seeks to create and preserve a sustainable built environment that promotes social justice, cultural value, resource conservation, and economic opportunity.

The University of Maryland is also home to many arts-focused or arts-integrative centers, galleries and institutes: the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora, the Herman Maril Gallery, the Kibel Gallery, the Linear Gallery, the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities, the Michelle Smith Collaboratory for Visual Culture, the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, the UMD Art Gallery, the Stamp Gallery, and the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

 Additional arts partners at the University of Maryland include the DeVos Institute for Arts Management, the Maryland Creative Placemaking Collaborative, and The Phillips Collection.

a2ru Campus Contacts

Stephanie Shonekan
Dean, College of Arts and Humanities
Stephanie Shonekan
Dean, College of Arts and Humanities

Stephanie Shonekan is professor of ethnomusicology and dean of the College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Maryland. From 2003-2011, she was a faculty member at Columbia College Chicago and was also the director of the Black World Studies Program and the associate director of the Cultural Studies Program. From 2011-2018, she was a faculty member at the University of Missouri in the Black Studies Department and the School of Music. She became chair of the Black Studies department at the University of Missouri from 2015-2018. While at Mizzou, Dr. Shonekan created and ran various programs geared towards inclusion and diversity on campus. For example, she created a campuswide program called Citizenship@Mizzou, a mandatory program for all incoming students to the university. The program was also customized for faculty and staff. She also created The Huddle, a mentoring program for underrepresented faculty across the campus.

Dr. Shonekan moved to the University of Massachusetts in 2018 as professor and chair of the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies. She returned to Mizzou in 2020 as senior associate dean of the College of Arts and Science, before accepting the position at the University of Maryland.

Dr. Shonekan earned a doctorate in ethnomusicology and folklore with a minor in African American studies in 2003 from Indiana University. Her dual heritage combining West Africa with the West Indies allows her to straddle the Black world comfortably. She has published articles and book chapters on afrobeat, Fela Kuti, Nigerian and African American hip-hop, soul music and country music. Her publications explore the nexus where identity, history, culture and music meet. Her books include “The Life of Camilla Williams,” “African American Classical Singer and Opera Diva” (2011), “Soul, Country, and the USA: Race and Identity in American Music Culture” (2015), “Black Lives Matter & Music” (2018) and “Black Resistance in the Americas” (2018). She also wrote and produced an award-winning live action short film based on the mother of Fela Anikulapo Kuti, “Lioness of Lisabi.”

Patrick Warfield
Associate Dean for Arts and Programming, Professor of Musicology
Patrick Warfield
Associate Dean for Arts and Programming, Professor of Musicology

Warfield is the director of Arts for All, the new campuswide arts initiative at the University of Maryland. Warfield provides administrative oversight, coordination, management, advocacy and facilitation of the creative, performing, visual and digital arts in and promotes and represent the accomplishments and needs of the arts within the Office of the Dean, on the campus and beyond.

Warfield has taught musicology, the historical and cultural study of music, at the University of Maryland School of Music since 2009. He has also served as director of graduate studies and associate director in the School of Music, as well as on a number of campuswide committees. In the School of Music he helped to create the Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity, and Access committee, establish the Collington residency program, which sends two graduate students from the school to live and work as artists-in-residence at the nearby Collington Continuing Care Retirement Community, and worked to create partnerships with Prince George’s County Public Schools, including programs that helped to strengthen teacher training and provide virtual lessons during the pandemic.

A scholar of American musical culture, primarily American music of the 19th and 20th centuries, Warfield is the author of two books on John Philip Sousa, an American composer and conductor known primarily for his band music and marches; he is currently working on a book on the United States Marine Band. His publications have appeared in The Journal of the American Musicological Society, American Music, The Journal of the Society for American Music and Nineteenth-Century Music Review.

Warfield is also an affiliate faculty member in the Department of American Studies.

He earned a Ph.D. and M.A. from Indiana University, both in musicology, and a B.M.E. in music education from Lawrence University.

Ashley Richerson Miller
Coordinator, College of Arts and Humanities
Ashley Richerson Miller
Coordinator, College of Arts and Humanities