GSU to get messy at annual Artsfest

Erika Richards

Sweetheart Circle was filled with close to five thousand people for last years Arts Fest and it is back for everyone to celebrate and raise awareness for the arts from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m on Saturday.

This 32nd annual event put on by Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art will expand on the importance of art and expression to those who in attendance.

Like previous years, Artsfest is expected to be packed with activities. There will be plenty of entertainment for guests to enjoy. A few tunes will be shared by the Southern Saxophones. GSU’s Winter Guard will be showing off their flags. Pladd Dot Music’s School of Rock will be performing. The Balefire dance performers will also entertain audiences.

“I enjoyed it last year. There was a wide variety of art stops and performance and I expect the same for this year,” Ruth Patel, graduate student of the Betty Foy Department of Arts said,

This year there will be 30 new art stops where festival-goers can stop to create something unique. Two-thirds of the new art stops are from the community where patrons can create their own art ranging from button-making stations to custom henna tattoo stations.

“First timers will probably be overwhelmed and not imagine such an experience but everyone will leave happy,” Stephanie Neal, director of Arts Fest said,

Many sponsors are helping out to support the success of the Arts Fest. The event will be hosted by GSU’s Campus Life Enrichment Committee and the Averitt Center for the Arts.

“Our organization is thankful for being a part of implementing things for this festival,” Tim Chatman, executive director of the Averitt Center, said,

Neal believes that the education of art is key.

Neal said, “Going to the Arts Fest will give people a great opportunity to show why art is so vital in education and why we need it in our everyday lives.”