If you are a Tisch student, you may have noticed the gold balloons decorating the lobby or the free breakfast and lunches being served recently (The croissants are my favorite–I grab as many as I can and put them in my backpack for a delectable snack throughout the day). If you aren’t a Tisch student, then you won’t have noticed this and you are definitely missing out. But these free snacks aren’t just a gift out of the kindness of Dean Green’s heart–they’re part of Tisch’s 50 year anniversary celebration!
Since its founding in 1965, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts has flourished into a world-renowned arts school that has cultivated some of the greatest artists of the past 50 years. From the creation of the Department of Drama in 1974 to the Game Center in 2012, Tisch has grown to encompass a wide range of arts.
An anniversary is typically a time to reflect on how far we have come and recognize the hard work that has gotten us to where we are today. In the case of Tisch’s anniversary, I know most of us have not been part of Tisch for the past 50 years, but we still have a lot to be thankful for what has led us to where we are today.
Tisch would not be the world-renowned school it is today if not for our predecessors. We can thank people like Martin Scorsese, Ang Lee, and Idina Menzel for the reputation our school has today. (I could name many, many more people but for the sake of this not turning into a list of the hundreds of amazing people that have come from Tisch, I’ll leave it at that.)
And what would these students be without their professors? At Tisch, we are lucky to have so many experienced professionals as resources and mentors. From John Canemaker, an animation historian, to Amy Heckerling, writer and director of Clueless, we could not have better guidance on the path to following our dreams.
So next time you walk by those shiny golden balloons, remember to be thankful for the Tischies who came before us. Most importantly, don’t forget that you have made it to one of the best schools in the world, and that now it is your turn to contribute to Tisch’s legacy. It won’t be easy, but when you can see the fruits of your labor reflected in the joy of audiences, and feel the satisfaction of creating something you’re proud of, it will have been worthwhile.