One week into the school year and students are already trying to find ways to destress. One club has a plan to help students do just that.
The Student Art Alliance (SAA) is striving to give students a creative outlet and let them think about something other than schoolwork. Taylor Titze, the vice president of SAA said she wants the club to be a resource for students in whatever way will benefit them.
SAA president Grace Reiffenberger said the club’s overall goal for the year is to focus on recruitment. They plan on doing this by being more active on campus and growing their outreach on social media.
As a way to get more students involved, SAA will table in the MUC more often, especially during the holidays. Reiffenberger and Titze are working on having small crafts students can participate in, whether for an hour or even five minutes.
The SAA also puts on art sales each month in the MUC, which is how Titze first got involved with the club. Titze has sold many different types of art including paintings, jewelry and prints. Anyone involved in SAA is encouraged to participate in the sales.
Titze said a change the club will make this year is increasing the number of art sales they do each month. In the past, there was only one art sale a month. Now, there will be two a month which will help the group get more recognized on campus.
Reiffenberger and Titze are both working on projects to aid SAA members in garnering more exposure for their art.
“We’re trying to partner with the Washington Papillion to get some student art out there,” said Reiffenberger.
Along with the hope to showcase art at the Washington Papillion, SAA said they are working on coordinating and organizing some exhibits that students can participate in.
“It’s low key, low stress and somewhere anybody [involved in SAA] can bring their art to,” said Titze.
A smaller goal Reiffenberger has is to share her knowledge of art with those who may not have as much experience.
The president said SAA welcomes all majors to the club, however there will be critique practices that art majors can join. As an art major, Reiffenberger said she wished she had more practice with critiques. Titze and Reiffenberger also hope to provide a few demonstration classes in future semesters.
“I’m excited to get the community more involved with creative things,” said Reiffenberger.
SAA will have its first art sale of the semester on Sept. 9th in the MUC.