ArtOut and We Art event series introduce Penn State students to creative experiences and careers
Among the barrage of homework and study groups, students might pine for a more creative task or extracurricular activity. Penn State’s Center for the Performing Arts and Student Affairs, in collaboration with various university student organizations and faculty, invite University Park students to get in touch with their creative sides with two free art-themed event series—ArtOut, at 4 p.m. Mondays in Woskob Family Gallery at Penn State Downtown Theatre Center; and We Art, at noon on the first Thursday of each month in the Eisenhower Auditorium conference room.
“Art reflects and defines culture,” said Melissa Croushorn, student engagement manager at the Center for the Performing Arts and Student Affairs. “Art provides an entry point where there might not have been one. Art forces and allows us to make choices and to make our choices known.”
ArtOut, designed for students of all academic disciplines and interests, is aimed at helping participants explore a variety of creative endeavors, including an open-mic session, an instrument “petting zoo” and dance lessons. Light refreshments will be served at all but one session.
We Art sessions will reveal ways for students to participate in the arts by highlighting art-related career possibilities, including how to build a business out of the love of art or how to balance creative capacities with divergent employment. Attendees may bring a lunch, and light refreshments will be served.
“Students need to consider the necessary steps to build their career beyond simply academic success,” Croushorn said. “Every successful artist has a host of technical, production, marketing and financial support behind them.”
Each ArtOut and We Art session is one-hour long. For information, contact Croushorn at 814-865-7331 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
4 p.m. Mondays at Woskob Family Gallery at Downtown Theatre Center, 146 S. Allen St., State College
• “42nd Street” Preview, Dec. 5
Penn State School of Theatre Associate Professor Michele Dunleavy and her students will perform excerpts from “42nd Street.” Participants will learn the “crazy arms” sequence and be entered to win a pair of tickets to see the touring Broadway musical Jan. 17 at Eisenhower Auditorium. No dance experience is necessary
Noon on the first Thursday of every month, Eisenhower Auditorium conference room
• Art and Economy, Dec. 1
How do we make our art work for us as we work for it? Hear from students and faculty on the process of building their own businesses, entrepreneurial efforts and projects in various areas of the arts.