Celebrate the arts this weekend at Arts Fest 2017. The third annual Arts Fest is April 6th through the 8th at University of North Carolina Asheville. There’s something for everyone with musical performances, literature, theater, creative workshops, exhibits and so much more. Teaming up with UNC Asheville’s Change the World Day, this year’s Arts Fest theme is ‘Arts for Social Change’.
Thursday, April 6
The event kicks off on Thursday in Ramsey Glass House. Enjoy poetry readings by students from Odyssey Community School and written works by faculty members of UNC Asheville. Afternoon events on the Quad include sun and solar observation, performances by the Contemporary Dance Class, and the history and folding process of the origami paper crane. Head over to the Ramsey CrAFT Studio for a hands-on tour and demonstrations of the media and video lab. The evening concludes with dance works of ‘Choreography Gender and Identity’ and a screening of the documentary film ‘Waste Land’.
Friday, April 7
Friday starts off with Hack It! DIY Dystopia. This art hack workshop takes place in the Ramsey CrAFT Studio. Observe as well as participate as art is envisioned and produced by combining code, microcontrollers and cardboard. The Hack It! art along with other creations by the students of UNC Asheville will be on display at the New Media Showcase. You won’t want to miss a lecture by featured artist, sculptor David Hess, as he speaks about his work. David Hess’ interactive exhibit, Gun Show: An Art Exhibit, will be on display on the Reynolds Green through April 25. An opening night reception will be held in Owen Second Floor Gallery. Clarissa Sligh, another featured artist, is a visual artist, photographer, and author. Join her in the Ramsey Glasshouse for her talk – I See You Mean: Making Art to Transform and Reframe the Narrative. Finish the day off with some music on the Quad. Headliner for Change the World Day, David LaMotte, will perform a free concert and Starry Night Viewing features ‘space music’ performed by students along with star viewing through telescopes.
Saturday, April 8
Festival on the Quad is on Saturdays schedule. Festivities taking place on Reynolds Green include David Hess’s Gun Show: An Art Exhibit, performance by Belly Dancing Club, live music by Asheville Art Trio, Beuna Vista Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Bluegrass Ensemble and the University Singers. A presentation of the art of physics, including a giant interactive camera obscura, will take place in Whitesides Hall. Film screenings in the Humanities Lecture Hall include projects by the Mass Communication students and the documentary film ‘Generation Startup’.
Ongoing events at UNC Asheville include a production of Peter and the Starcatcher at Belk Theatre, Anagama Kiln Firing outside of Owen Hall and exhibit Pioneering Voices: Portraits of Transgender People.
This fun, culture filled event is free with the exception of Peter and the Starcatcher, which is a ticketed event. For more information including times and parking information, go to Arts Fest 2017.