The UNC Arts Everywhere team has been working to make up for lost time with their fall art pop-up after FallFest was canceled due to the weather in August.
Arts Everywhere has partnered with the Carolina Union Activities Board to host crafts and yard activities at Davis Library on September 16-17 to showcase the initiative on campus.
“It was our way of promoting arts organizations on campus to Caroline’s students,” said Kathryn Wagner, Associate Director of Arts Everywhere. “And we have some fun activities that we did (Thursday and Friday), just trying to give students some creativity and fun during their day.”
Activities for the pop-up event included tie dyeing, bracelets making and gifts. Other arts organizations and departments at UNC also had representatives at the event to talk to students about their work.
“Our friends at the Ackland Art Museum are leading an origami demonstration here,” Wagner said. “And then you can also inquire about the music department, the Kenan Theater Company or the theater department. “
Student volunteers and ambassadors helped organize and organize the event. Representatives spoke to other students about the opportunity to get involved in the arts on campus through Arts Everywhere, other resources like the Morrison Art Studio.
“Thinking about how we can reach students beyond arts departments has always been a great thing,” said Nuria Shin, an Arts Everywhere undergraduate leadership scholar. “We really like working with a lot of STEM departments, whether they have projects that they would like to bring to their buildings. “
Recently, Shin helped lead a mural project through Arts Everywhere on the ground floor of Phillips Hall that combined elements of science and the arts.
Second-year biology student Michelle Li attended the fall pop-up and said she appreciated the accessibility of arts events on campus.
“Right now, I’m currently open to just hearing other people’s stories and loving, seeing what they want to do with their lives and specializations,” Li said. “I think my knowledge can be limited just by being STEM, so I’m open to listening and looking at different parts of the arts, especially going to the popup and other things they’ve planned. “
Arts Everywhere’s biggest event of the year is Arts Everywhere Day, a campus-wide event held during the spring semester where students have the opportunity to experience the arts in a wide variety of interactive activities. through many UNC organizations.
“We’re just coordinating this to make the arts a lot more ubiquitous on campus and just to inspire other students to think creatively beyond what they have in their classes,” Shin said.
After the fall pop-up, Wagner said she was thrilled with the interest students have shown in trying new things through the arts.
“We try to provide occasional pop-up activities for students outside of what everyone expects, like Arts Everywhere Day throughout the year,” said Wagner. “You’re all so stressed and overworked and everything, so a part of your time where you can grab a little snack and do something creative, hopefully, is really enjoyable.”
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