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uArt : Public Art on CampusPosted on March 19, 2013
A group of UT Arlington art students today announced the launch of uArt, an organization that aims to create a permanent fund for public art on campus. Their mission is to enhance the campus environment by showcasing artistic ingenuity and creative enterprise, while involving the general student body in the arts both visually and intellectually. Matt Clark, lecturer, states “this is the first student art initiative of its kind and it has the potential for collaborative and innovative activity between University departments. Students will have the opportunity to literally think outside of the box.”
To kick start uArt’s plan into action an event, called “uMessage,” will be hosted in the library mall on April 17th. The event will be a collaborative effort with the help of the UT Arlington Architecture Department and several other sponsors. The uMessage event will feature a large structure with balloons attached that passing students are welcomed to interact with either on a personal level or by simply enjoying the spectacle. Details of the event’s other attractions will be released via facebook, twitter, or wordpress using the contact info above.
UT Arlington has experienced dramatic changes over the past several years as part of its plans to elevate the university to compete with the best institutions of higher learning as well as further develop the look for its campus. There are examples of this taking place across campus, including the MAC, College Park District, Gateway Tower, The Green at College Park, and multiple Maverick statues. However, one thing that students believe to be missing is public art.
The goal of uArt is to raise $5000 dollars annually and fund 1 project per year. The students will target university as well as public and private sector funding.
According to Clark, more universities nationwide are adopting such public art programs, not only for beautification but to enhance competitiveness, recruiting and development efforts. Many universities have a policy of allocating 1-2% of new capital improvement projects for public art. uArt is part of a broader initiative by Clark, entitled “Entrepre- neurship in the Arts”, to teach art students entrepreneurial skills that they can use to navigate their art careers post graduation.