GUSA plans to improve and expand spring Arts Week

Last year, the Georgetown University Student Association (GUSA) hosted the university’s first Arts Week, an initiative that strove to highlight different arts groups on campus and engage the student body with art, music, and theater events happening on campus.

GUSA is planning another Georgetown Art’s Week for this spring, beginning Saturday April 11 and continuing until Saturday April 18. Vox caught up with GUSA member Andrew Walker (SFS ’16) to discuss how GUSA plans to build on last year’s success and further engage the Georgetown community with it’s various arts groups.

When looking ahead to the upcoming Arts Week, GUSA is looking to better integrate the visual arts. The student center will be a new added area for the week. “With the opening of the HFSC and collaboration with the Corp, we will have a lot more physical wall space to display student work safely,” Walker told Vox in an interview.

Walker also said that last year’s Arts Week did a good job of representing the performing arts: there were a cappella, theatre, improv, and open mic performances happening all week.

Although GUSA will hold similar events as last year, but it plans to expand its focus. “A few shows and concerts are already scheduled to go up across campus, and we’ll add a cappella Lau performances, coffee shop open mic nights, visual art displays, and plenty more as we continue the planning process,” Walker said.

In terms of promoting Georgetown Arts Week, Walker hopes that by collaborating with a wide array of student groups and advertising and tabling in Red Square, GUSA will be able to generate a lot of interest and participation in the events happening around campus.

This initiative is much more than just displaying artwork and listening to music groups. “Arts Week is important because its intent has two parts: not only does it promote the awesome work that artists are doing at Georgetown already, it also tries to help people who don’t identify as “creative” or “artistic” realize that there is room for the arts in their lives,” Walker said in the interview.

We often focus on creating a strong and close Georgetown community, and for Walker and GUSA, Arts Week is an opportunity to draw the student body together in a unique and creative way.

“Even among the people who identify as artists on campus, we are so focused on our own clubs and our own projects. Arts Week works to break down these barriers and celebrate how we can work together to bring awareness to things that we all love to do,” said Walker.

In the latest GUSA email blast, they included the application for those interested in joining Arts Week Committee to assist with the planning process. Continue to check in with Vox to stay updated on the upcoming spring Georgetown Arts Week and events students can take part in.

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