block pARTy was a daylong event celebrating student artwork on campus. SGA partnered with over 20 art groups to give them space in Curry throughout the day on October 17, 2017 to table, host workshops, perform, and recruit new members. This event was critical because it allowed the Student Government to spread awareness about some of the incredible student art groups on campus, whose work far too often does not get the recognition it deserves.
The idea of having a daylong celebration of student arts groups has been thrown around in the Student Affairs Committee for a few years now. Last year, former Vice President for Student Affairs, Alex Bender, launched a project group dedicated to making this idea a reality. The Committee began by reaching out to every student art group on campus to gauge interest in the idea, and then it made an official proposal for the event and booked spaces. Throughout the summer, current Vice President for Student Affairs, Nathan Hostert, reached out to all student arts groups again to finalize the list of partner groups. In the weeks leading up to the event, Hostert worked with the Center for Student Involvement and Event Management to make sure the event ran smoothly. He also maintained communication with the partner groups to organize logistics, publicized the event on social media and through RAs, and ordered pizza!
block pARTy is by no means a solution to the various challenges that art groups face. However, it is a great first step towards ensuring that these groups get the recognition that they deserve. The goal is to make this an annual event, so Hostert is compiling feedback on how SGA could make block pARTy even better for 2018 and beyond.
Hostert notes, “Looking forward, my hope is that SGA can continue to partner with the hundreds of amazing student organizations on campus to amplify their voices and address their concerns. I am incredibly proud of how this event came together, and I look forward to seeing the Second Annual block pARTy in 2018!”