Students prepare for an ‘Affair’ by the bay

Alfredo Aparicio/ Staff Writer 


A week of art appreciation awaits students who attend Affair of the Arts sponsored by the Student Programming Council at Biscayne Bay Campus, Student Government Council-BBC and Campus Life-BBC.

For Tashaun Williams, president of SPC-BBC, Affair of the Arts is a way to pay attention to and gain newfound respect for the arts because it’s something that isn’t incorporated into everyday life as much anymore.

Affairs of the Arts originally began as a three-day event that has been extended to a week, for the first time this year, with new surprises and activities geared to offering students a fresh, interactive experience in a variety of art forms such as visual art, spoken word and music.

“They’ve formed a week of art where each day is going to focus on a different type of art and give students more than one new thing to experience daily,” said Kaytien Franco, public relations assistant at Campus Life-BBC.

The week will kick off with the Flexible Comedy Show with Jonathan Burns, a comedian contortionist who will entertain the crowd with doses of goofiness and incredible feats of flexibility.

A new fixture during the event will be a cupcake-designing table where students who attend will be able to design and eat their own cupcakes.

“They added it so that students could get a more hands-on experience,” said Franco. “This way they are able to get a first hand appreciation for the arts.”

“It’s one thing to have students go and be in the audience, but then it’s another thing to have them interact,” said Williams. “We’re trying to bring more art appreciation and you appreciate yours more because you did it. When students get involved they are able to say that they contributed to the maintenance of art and will enjoy that they were able to express themselves.”

On Wednesday, Feb. 28, students will get a second chance to get creative as Kaleigh Baker serenades students with her jazzy, blues-rock while they paint ceramics.

Aside from student interaction, two museum trips have been added to the list of events, a new stable this year, where students who sign up in Campus Life will be able to visit North Miami’s Museum of Contemporary Art on Tuesday, Feb. 26 as well the Wolfsonian-FIU Museum on Friday, March 1. Both trips are free of charge and shuttle buses will be provided for the trip to and from the museums.

Students who have always wanted to learn an exotic dance will also get a chance to, as Mambo Yoli will teach salsa on Feb. 26, Kira will teach belly dancing on Feb. 27 and Radu and Erika will teach the Argentine Tango on Feb. 28.

“I think art is everywhere in music dancing in everyday life and most people disregard it…we want to bring awareness to students,” said Emmanuel Jerome, treasurer for SPC-BBC who has attended Affair of the Arts for the last two years.

The final surprise in Affair of the Arts will be anything but miserable, as students will be able to see Les Miserables at the Adrienne Arsht Center on Wednesday, Feb. 27 for a discounted price of $10. Tickets can be obtained in Campus Life and will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis.

“It’s one of my favorite Broadway musicals, so I’m most excited for this one personally,” Franco said.

Other events will include an International Photo Contest Reception on Feb. 26 and an old fashioned drive-in movie on Feb. 28 as Affair of the Arts screens Breaking Dawn Part 2.

Franco hopes students come, see and appreciate the opportunity that is given to them and are able to enjoy the art and the programming of events that have been set up for them.

Williams suggests students come with an open mind, come to have fun and really gain something from the experience.

“They should come ready to build their own appreciation for the arts.”