BU Arts Initiative brought creativity and community to this month’s ‘First Friday’ event – The Daily Free Press

Attendees filled the basement of Union George Sherman Friday night for the first “First Friday” event of the spring semester. The students were full of creativity as they created collages while conversing with other students and munching on a variety of treats.

The Boston University Arts Initiative Candy & Collages “First Friday” event sign. BU students gathered in the basement of George Sherman Union on February 4 to create collages and snack on a variety of treats. HANNAH YOSHINAGA/DFP STAFF

The BU Arts Initiative, in conjunction with the Community Service Center, hosted their monthly “First Friday” event for February called “Candy & Collage Making”.

The event gave students the opportunity to create collages from magazine clippings by providing them with notebooks, magazines, other decorating supplies and candy to take home.

Elana Harris, administrative coordinator of BU Arts Initiative, said “First Friday” aims to increase community engagement on campus and introduce students to creating their own art.

She said she believes art allows people to “express [themselves] in a way that may not be in the traditional sense” and “transcribe their own emotions”.

“We work really hard to help people who may be art-averse,” Harris said. “It’s a great gateway or way for them to be creative, express themselves, and even create something that’s personal to them.”

Adeola Akinyemi, a first-year graduate student in the School of Social Work, said she enjoyed the event because she loves “any opportunity to get involved” on campus.

Akinyemi said she enjoys the community engagement aspect of “First Friday” because it helps make interacting with the University’s large undergraduate population less overwhelming.

“I love little knits like this [since] I used to go to a small undergraduate so BU is a bit [bit of a] clash with the huge campus and big events,” Akinyemi said. “I like it to be more intimate, a little more manageable.”

BU Metropolitan College graduate student Aditi Kohli said she came to the event because it looked like something “unique” to try.

“In India, I never did this collage,” she said. “I want to explore all facets of life and meet new people.

Even though the next “First Friday” event won’t take place until April, Kohli said she can’t wait to attend the event again.

“I always look forward to it because I haven’t [Friday] course, so I have time to explore,” Kohli said. “I liked everyone, the people are so friendly and I feel welcome.”

BU Arts Initiative program administrator Ivy Buena said she hopes the monthly creative events can help support students by giving them the opportunity to expand their community and give them a moment to care for their mental well-being.

“I want them to feel excited, I want them to hopefully be more involved and come back to our future events,” she said.

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