Festival of the Arts breathes life into campus

As warmer weather finally makes its way into Charlotte, the season for the Festival of the Arts is in full bloom, and this year’s theme is “Queens Loves Pop.”

Festival of the Arts is an annual Queens event that celebrates the culture, student and faculty art that takes place during the spring semester. Traditionally taking place around the theater department’s play, this year’s being The Drunkard (which will play Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Hadley Theatre), the festival includes concert programming, giveaways and spontaneous art performances better known around campus as “artbursts.”

Creative writing professor Julie Funderburk heads up the festival along with the assistance of Arts at Queens intern Amy Bareham and the Art at Queens Student Board.

Bareham, a senior English literature and arts leadership and administration double major from Waxhaw, N.C., says this year’s “Pop” theme is meant to represent more than just event’s popular artbursts.

“It encompasses that burst (or pop) of art that the festival is known for,” Bareham said “but it could also mean pop art, pop music – anything.”

The pop art theme is carried though the festival’s events right down to the t-shirt. Bareham said the shirt, designed by Professor Mike Wirth, is “a play off of Andy Warhol’s famous Campbells soup can,” an iconic piece from the Pop art movement beginning in the late 1950’s.

These shirts are free to students but will cost $10 for staff and community. The last giveaway will take place in Trexler Courtyard April 7 during lunch. Pamphlets with a list of festival events will also be available during that time.

As the end of the year and all of its chaos fast approaches, it is important to take time to participate in the cathartic release the arts can have on an overwhelmed mind, Bareham said.

“I can get my nose so stuck in my books or feel so stressed about looming deadlines.” said Bareham. “We like to interrupt the campus in the best way possible with reminders of artistic beauty and examples of student talent.”

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