Florida State University students in the Introduction to Arts Administration (ARE4930) course are planning a series of amazing projects on the upcoming Market Wednesdays to engage the entire study body! Read the descriptions below and be sure to attend these exciting events.
On Market Wednesday, April 6, 2016, students in Section 1 Group A of the Introduction to Arts Administration course invite you to join us on Landis Green as we put on our event Splash the Stigma Away! We are providing an artistic project including paint, balloons, and fun! The project is in support of the National Alliance of Mental Illness. The FSU chapter of NAMI will also be in attendance! Come out and “splash” away what’s bringing you down!
Our activity allows participants to create art with their friends and peers at FSU, while at the same time engaging in art therapy to release the burdens of mental illness stigmas. The end goal of the activity is to have a piece of art created by the Florida State University community that works to eliminate said stigmas. This project will then effectively coincide with the mission of both NAMI Tallahassee and NAMI FSU that promotes the awareness of mental illness.
The base of our project is a canvas with mental illness stigmas written across it. People can write down the mental illness that they personally connect with onto a paint filled balloon. Then they can create art by throwing the balloon while at the same time releasing their hold on whatever it is they wrote down.
Our group chose NAMI because of our close affiliation with it. Each one of us has a connection to mental illness. We are passionate in working to eliminate mental illness stigmas and NAMI has been great to give us the medium to do so.
Students in Section 1 Group B will be promoting Sustainable Tallahasee on April 13, 2016, the following Market Wednesday. The department invites you to join in on the fun and use hashtag #sustainanole to document your pictures from the event.
Sustainable Tallahassee is an organization whose mission is to create a sustainable community through education, networking, and promoting the “green industry”. As a group and as individuals we believe in Sustainable Tallahassee’s mission and chose to hold an event called Picture a Sustainable Tallahassee to support this organization and their goals. This event supports Sustainable Tallahassee’s mission to create a community that is more environmentally aware. The community project group will educate the Florida State University student body through informational flyers at Market Wednesday, on the 13th April 2016 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. We will also promote Sustainable Tallahassee’s educational booth at the LeMoyne Chain of Parks Art Festival through the activity. There will be a photo booth set up and props for students to pose with and post to their social media accounts, using the hashtag #sustainaNOLES. The production of the event will align with Sustainable Tallahassee’s mission; the event will utilize recycled or reusable materials to educate Florida State University’s student body on how to live more sustainably here in Tallahassee.
Students in Section 2 are working with the non-profit organization, Aging with Dignity, for their community engagement project this semester. Their class meets each week on Monday and Friday from 3:30pm- 5:00pm to discuss ways they can help Aging with Dignity spread the importance of healthcare planning to younger audiences. There will be two FSU Market Wednesday events held on April 6th, 2016 and April 13th, 2016. On April 6th, 2016 the students will be conducting a wishing well activity to show how much Aging with Dignity cares about keeping the dignity of individuals and their wishes alive. On April 13th ,2016, the students will be promoting Aging with Dignity at Market Wednesday by passing out flyers, buttons, pens, and interactive finger brochures designed by the students themselves.
As a class we decided on Aging with Dignity because their cause relates to everyone. Aging with Dignity created and distributes Five Wishes, which is affectionately referred to as a “living will with a heartbeat.” Five Wishes is personal and truly represents the person who fills it out. The goal is to maintain the unique characteristics of people and preserve their dignity when they may no longer have the voice to do so when faced with death. Creating an arts project was definitely a challenge but it has caused us to think outside the box. We pooled our collective talents and created a video and an interactive brochure for promotion purposes at two tabling events on campus. This project has helped us to grow as artists and contribute to the greater good. Hopefully our project will inspire college students to research Aging with Dignity and Five Wishes and take the initiate to prepare for the ultimate “what if.”
Please be sure to stop by during those two events to get more information and have fun as the students help spread the word about Aging with Diginity’s National Healthcare event happening later that weekend.