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Photo from 2017 ArtPOP! (Photo: Carolyn Osorio) Photo from 2017 ArtPOP! (Photo: Carolyn Osorio)

ArtPOP! and Open Studios Come Together for All-Day Arts Festival

The event celebrates the arts with hands-on activities, performances and demonstrations.
By Elizabeth Allison

Arts Alive SDSU’s ArtPOP! and the San Diego State University School of Art and Design’s Open Studios are collaborating this year to present an all-day campus arts festival from 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 3.

In its second year, ArtPOP!, will take place alongside the campus farmer’s market from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., extending along Campanile Walkway and onto the Scripps Cottage lawn, and will feature multiple live arts performances and visual arts booths.

The festival features live music performances on stage in front of Hepner Hall, including a performance by the acapella group SoundWave. Art-making activities, including painting, jewelry making and coloring in a custom SDSU coloring book will also be available for attendees. Additionally, student films from the Television, Film, and New Media program will be shown throughout the day inside Scripps Cottage.

“The purpose of ArtPOP! is to encourage non-arts majors to participate in any way they can,” said Dani Bedau, chair of Arts Alive SDSU. “They can listen or watch performances, join in on interactive art-making opportunities, or engage with the visual arts.”

Open Studios will continue the celebration from 4-7:30 p.m. by providing an opportunity for the public to visit and learn about the SDSU School of Art and Design. Students and faculty will be on hand to show their work, demonstrate art processes, and provide tours of galleries and studios.

Each year, more than 200 guests participate in Open Studios to learn more about the school’s programs in art history, ceramics, graphic design, interior design, multimedia and illustration, among others.

A live ceramic demonstration will take place in the courtyard of the School of Art and Design, and a variety of sculptural and functional ceramic art pieces will be available for purchase. Sales will support the SDSU Ceramic Arts Association.

ArtPOP! and Open Studios are supported by Arts Alive SDSU, a campus-wide initiative designed to provide opportunities for students, faculty, and staff, prospective students and their families, and community members to engage in transformational arts interactions as part of an arts-rich, robust, educational community.

The all-day, campus-wide event is free and open to the public.