The 41st Annual Spring Arts Festival Open House showcased all types of in-house talent on April 13 at the Valle Verde campus.
This was one of the multiple events that make up this year’s Spring Arts Festival.
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Students continue to showcase their art at the 2018 Spring Arts Festival Open House.
“This event is to showcase all of our art departments to our students and community members,” Caroline Woolf-Gurley, Spring Arts Festival coordinator said. “We have many talented faculty and students who are dedicated to art education.”
Many EPCC students and staff helped organize and put together this event. Luis Angel Marquez Calleros and Julio Cesar Ramirez from the Tejano Ambassador Program explained how they help with all events and work with other students and professors.
“It is a program held by SGA (Student Government Association) and we help SGA with their events,” explained Calleros.
Different Art departments and clubs participated at this event. Some of them shared their talents and exhibited their work while others focused more on doing activities and talking about what it is in general.
There were also welcome tables in which visitors received a map for all the locations of the art departments and free gifts like pencils, t-shirts and bags.
Moreover, the people went around the different rooms and tried different things whether it was painting and drawing, writing poetry or role playing with lightsabers and other props.
Some of the art departments that attended were the Papagayo organization, EPCC Film Club, Visual Arts, Pulse Radio and Culinary Arts. There was also live musical performances by the Jazz Band and EPCC Mariachi.
Each department and organization offered different perspectives of how they express themselves through the arts and what it is that they do.
For instance, there was EPCC instructor, Frank Rimbach from the Visual Arts Department, who teaches painting, drawing, art appreciation and life drawing. He discussed how he likes to help people express themselves in a way that they don’t have to feel judged either externally or internally for.
“The beginning impulse is just to move color, play, respond to what you are looking at and have fun,” Rimbach said.
Ruben Gutierrez, Director of Jazz Studies, offered some insight, “We study the idea of Jazz and how there is this big, huge library of music that spans from about the mid 20s until the present time.”
He also mentioned that even though there is a lot of discipline that goes into playing the music, it is a little informal. “In other words, the end result comes out sounding more like a pop group rather than an orchestra or band.”
Ricardo Tinajero, Papagayo Project member, says that, “Papagayo is an organization where we reach out to the community and try to get people involved, especially here at EPCC.
We want students to enrich their experiences by participating in poetry readings, representing their art and even things like cosplaying. So, we give them that kind of outlet for them to present their form of art and presentation.”
Film Club president, Isaac Contreras discussed what it is that they do and their work, “We just go from the screenwriting process, to production, to post-production and to premiering our work at the Alamo Drafthouse. So, you get anywhere from hands-on experience to being a director, producing, writing and acting.”
Anji Morgan-Thornton, EPCC Professor of Mariachi Studies, also described that mariachi is more than just the music, “It’s also learning about the history and culture of Mariachi–where the songs come from, the different states or regions in Mexico and the meaning behind it."
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