Arts and the City Year

The Quakers of UPenn are gearing up for a very creative year in 2009-2010! The “academic theme” is Arts and the City. That means that any and all of us can show off our artistic sides (and we know we’ve got them)! Preforming arts groups will have the opportunity to show in unusual venues (next to the button? outside Steitler?), and hopefully more of us will pick up our paintbrushes, or loosen up our vocal chords and join in. I myself will break out the Popsicle sticks and glue; 17 years since preschool and I bet I can still whip up a rockin pencil holder. Just like riding a bike.

Not only will we be letting loose our creative juices, artists from around the city are joining in! There will be tons of art events all over campus, and throughout Philly. Did you know you can go on a sculpture tour? Who wouldn’t want to know how this piece was thought up… And there will be more artist speakers, like last year’s Zoe Cohen. Plus, we can join the Mural Arts Program, and really leave our mark on the city!

You get the jist. This year, it’s all about creative expression. But it’s not just about exposing ourselves to more art, or showing off our talents (though that is a big part!), a big goal of this year is fostering creativity and appreciation of creativity. How to do that? We’re thinking the first step is sharing thoughts, ideas, opinions about art. Establish a dialog between all us Penn students… a diaBLOG, if you will.

So here is the place to get connected to the “art scene” (or just more Popsicle stick-wielding Quakers). We invite anyone who experiences art to come and write about it, share your experience with the rest of us. This way, performances, gallery showings, craft fairs and art classes won’t just go in one ear and out the other. They’ll go in your ear, come out your fingertips, through the blog-o-sphere, into all our eager eyes and get jumbled up in our brains where the influx of artistic expression will make us feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Or brooding and angst-y. Depends on the type of artistic mind you have. So! Find out about art, share it with everyone else.

End of story.

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