Friday, May 2, 2014

Art Appreciation Event at Elon

Time to Unplug!

Elon University is hosting their first ever College of the Arts and Sciences festival "Time, Unplugged," celebrating a widespread of visual, digital, and performing art forms.  The Alamance Arts Council and other member groups, including the Alamance Chorale, Alamance Artisans Guild, Studio and Burlington Writers Club had the privilege of collaborating with the university on the event.  Previous Arts Council intern, Bridgette Barnette (Elon University 2015) was the volunteer coordinator for the inaugural event and worked with Executive Director Cary Worthy on the Arts Council's part.  Bridgette agreed to give us a behind-the-scenes look on the concept and preparation of the event.

 
 
Tell us a little bit about your involvement with the event, how you got started and what your role is, etc.

"I first became involved with the festival when I was interning at Alamance County Arts Council. I attended a few brainstorming meetings with Cary Worthy and our partner arts groups which then led to a meeting between us and Elon University. The Elon College of Arts and Sciences was interested in partnering with the Arts Council to put on a campus wide event. I spoke with Chris Burnside after our meeting and was eager to help out at the festival after my internship with the Arts Council ended. I eventually became a Volunteer Coordinator along with another student Jeffery Flitter." 
 
How did you collaborate with the Arts Council on the event?

"At our brainstorming meetings at the Arts Council I was responsible for taking detailed notes for the group and also offered my advice. It was helpful that I had a connection to Elon for them." 
 
Why do you feel this festival is important for Elon and/or the community?
 
"There are such diverse disciplines categorized under the umbrella of the Arts and Sciences. Often we fail to find the connections between say, Theatre and Chemistry, or Religious Studies and Fine Art. This festival is meant to break down the mental barriers that strictly divide these disciplines and allow attendees to see how everything is connected." 
 
Why was the name Time, Unplugged chosen? 
 
"The festival is a conversation on the relationship between Time and the Environment. The festival will be low technology to minimize energy waste, hence "unplugged"."
 
What are you most looking forward to about this event?
 
"I can't wait to see how all of the booths at the festival will work together to form a cohesive and diverse experience for attendants. Where else can you walk through a sculpture garden to come upon a dance performance that takes place next to a lecture on herpetology? I think it's such a unique event and I am excited for the greater Elon community to experience it."
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There you have it! This is a must-see festival, so head on over to Elon University's main campus tomorrow between 2 and 5:30. In lieu of tickets, please bring along a non-perishable canned food item to support Allied Churches. 

 

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