Braking Boundaries with Campus Canvas.
By Brittnie Curtis
Each year Common Experience at Texas State choses a different theme to get students, faculty and staff to think outside of themselves. The themes are meant to cultivate intellectual conversation across campus and build a sense community that spans across campus and beyond.
This year the Common Experience theme was inspired by the 50th anniversary of the desegregation of Texas State University. The theme, From Segregation to Integration, is spread across campus through various events. One of those events is Campus Canvas. Campus Canvas is hosted and sponsored by the Gallery of Common Experience and the Honors College at Texas State, and is in affiliation with the The Honors Learning Community in Laurel Hall.
“It’s just a way to get a bunch of peoples ideas together and create community artwork,” Naomi Faltin, Laure Hall resident assistant, said. “So we set out these two blank canvases and art supplies. There are no rules we’re just asking people in the Quad to contribute. It’s a way for everyone to participate even if they’re not artist.”
Along with Faltin, a few residents of Laurel hall where there helping and supporting the cause. Electrical engineering major Logan Young said being creative plays a big part in peoples daily lives.
“I think everyone has a basic need for expression, and with some majors and careers you don’t really get that sort of give and take or room to play,” Young said. “They can come up no matter what gender, ethnicity or religious affiliation. Anyone can come up and put whatever they want on there. It’s really cool to see that combination of different mindsets and expressions.”
The 2013 Campus Canvases can be found in the Honors College in Lampasas. They’ve been hanging up since last year and will be replaced with the 2014 Campus Canvases.