West Shore Community College students will celebrate Arts Advocacy Day on Tues., March 24, by participating in a campus art walk and picking up brushes to create a collaborative painting on a large canvas.
According to Student Senate Marketing Director Dominic Hasbrouck this year’s theme is “spontaneity” and students will be encouraged to enjoy and engage in a celebration of art.
“Artwork is displayed all around campus and is just waiting to be discovered during the Art Walk. Visitors can follow an art map for a beautiful adventure around the campus,” says Hasbrouck.
During Arts Advocacy Day 2014, students created a collaborative painting that it is now displayed in the Office of Student Services. This year, students will once again have the opportunity to see their spontaneous creativity come alive on canvas.
“The painting will begin as a blank white canvas and slowly take shape throughout the day as students make their own mark in color. It is expected the painting will end up as a beautiful collage of images, color, and ideas. The event is a brilliant way to capture the attitudes of students, sealing it forever in paint.” Hasbrouck added.
The art celebration will be held from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Campus art maps and the collaborative canvas will be located in the Schoenherr Campus Center Commons.
While on the campus, visitors are also invited to view 17th annual Regional High School Art Competition and Exhibit in the college’s Manierre Dawson Gallery.
Area high schools have entered ten of their students’ best works and those included in the exhibit have been selected by high school art teachers.
The Manierre Dawson Gallery is located in the Arts and Sciences Center. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Entering its 28th consecutive year, Arts Advocacy Day is a national event that brings together a broad cross section of America’s cultural and civic organizations to celebrate the arts and has been instrumental in advancing key legislative initiatives, including increased funding for the federal cultural agencies and enlightened tax, international, and education policies.
Author: Thomas Hawley | Executive Director of College Communications & Community Engagement