Campus Creativity on Display
By Mike Emery
Don't let the new name fool you. This year's University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) Arts and Communication Festival (formerly the Fine Arts Festival) will continue the tradition of engaging Gators in creative campus activities.
The Arts and Communication Festival runs March 27 through 31 with events designed to showcase the talents of faculty, staff and students. The campus community will experience art, music, theater and more throughout the week. Likewise, students will have opportunities to network with local communications and creative professionals during an internship fair.
The festival offers Gators several opportunities to take a break from work or studying and mentally recharge by attending the festival's free events.
"It's a nice opportunity to do something fun and creative," said Abigail Koenig, communications lecturer and chair of this year's festival. "The Arts and Communication Festival also allows everyone opportunities to tap into their creative sides."
The festival also serves to spotlight UHD's arts venues such as the O'Kane Gallery and O'Kane Theatre - both of which are hosting events this week. It also introduces audiences to artists on the rise including student Bobby Ramos, who will create a giant gator chalk illustration on March 28 at the South Deck.
"The Arts and Communication will have a little bit of everything," Koenig said. "In planning this year's event, we included student input and partnered with the Student Government Association and Asian Student Association. It's not just for students though. This is an event for the entire community."
Festival attendees can share their experiences through social media using the hashtag #UHDartscomm. The festival's schedule is as follows:
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Arts and Communication Kick-Off Party and #UHDartscomm Binge in the third floor Mural Area
10 a.m. - Gator Sidewalk Chalk Drawing by Bobby Ramos at the South Deck.
5- 6 p.m. - Ammar Alobaidi "A Tale of the City" Exhibition Root Beer Closing Reception in the O'Kane Gallery
6:30 - 8:30 p.m. - UHD Civic Jazz Orchestra and Young Sounds of Houston Youth Jazz Concert in Robertson Auditorium
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Fine Arts and Communication Studies Internship Fair in A300
5 - 5:30 p.m. - Recorder Concert in the third floor Mural Area
5:30 - 6 p.m. - UHD Choir in the third floor Mural Area
6 - 7 p.m. - Poetry, Story and Monologue Slam in the third floor Mural Area
noon - 2 p.m. - Open Mic Karaoke in the third floor Mural Area
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. - "Proof" Opening Party in the O'Kane Theatre
8 - 10 p.m. - "Proof" performance in the O'Kane Theatre