Arbitrary though it may be, the start of each new year brings with it an opportunity for renewal and optimism—even during the most challenging times. As in years past, we marked the start of a new calendar and semester by asking School of Visual Arts faculty, department chairs and staff members about their plans and hopes for the future. Below is a selection of SVA community resolutions for the coming year.
“I aspire to authentically listen to and support my family, friends, colleagues and students by decentering myself. But for myself, I’d like to get more sleep and play with dogs!”
“We need to focus on the good and learn from the bad as we go forward.”
“1) To drink more water and to take more breaths. 2) To only mansplain to men, not to women. 3) To spend more time outside. 4) To make more messes with my art. 5) To expand my kitchen repertoire to more than five recipes.”
“I am breaking up with my best friend this past year ... my refrigerator. We have been much too close ... Going to try for six feet apart!”
—Val Sereno, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT, MPS Art Therapy special programs and projects coordinator and faculty member
“My resolution is to establish the foundations of a history of exhibitions at SVA. 2021 marks my thirtieth year at SVA—the second, much fuller half of SVA’s 60-odd years of mounting shows. I feel that it is both a duty and privilege to begin tracing the arc of this aspect of the SVA story.”
“Read more books, and keep this resolution past the month of March!”
“I took up running in 2020 and I rode my bike over 1,300 miles in all five boroughs, so my New Year’s resolution is to keep up these exercise habits. They get me out of the house, relieve stress, and I never regret doing them!”
“To not watch the news for longer than an hour per day!”
—Adam Natale, director of SVA Theatre
“For 2021, my new year’s resolution is to be braver about taking care of myself medically. This is a personal goal and one I look forward to helping me grow as a person.”
—Maria Rovira-McCune, associate director of SVA Student Affairs
Instead of making a traditional resolution, Debbie Millman, chair of MPS Branding, decided to illustrate her hopes for 2021; her “A Peaceful Transition” illustration appears above and an accompanying post from her Instagram account is below.
What are your New Year’s resolutions? Tweet them to @SVA_News and let us know. Here’s to a terrific, inspiring year—and semester. Stay safe and healthy!