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Students celebrate their work

Posted: Thursday, April 26, 2007

On Friday night, visual art, literary art, music and a cause will coalesce in a Celebration of the Arts at Kenai Peninsula College. Student art will hang in the Gary Freeburg Gallery. Driftwood, KPC’s literary magazine, will debut for 2007, and local musicians will come together in the “Band-Aid” concert.

“Our mission is to do some fundraising for the (Kenai Peninsula) Food Bank and, in particular, to bring to a finish the project that we started with the food bank. And that’s the sign. We want to bring electricity to the sign,” said Celia Anderson, assistant professor of art.

KPC students have been building to this moment -- figuratively and literally. Over the last few semesters, classes and student organizations have been working to erect a sign that marks the entrance of the food bank on Kalifornsky Beach Road.

“It was the brainchild of Steve Schoonmaker, who has been involved in Service Learning here, with several projects. He was mostly interested in finishing -- bringing closure to -- this sign project, which he was involved with early on in the marketing class,” Anderson said.

Schoonmaker and other students in the marketing class dug a sign out of a snow bank, which was donated by Kenai Neon Signs. Also a member of the Student Art League, he approached Anderson with a request for help from the art department in turning the white reader board into what is now the food bank sign, with its cornucopia of bright colored food.

The 2-D Design class stepped up, then the welding class got involved with creating the superstructure of the sign.

Now the Student Art League, in conjunction with Phi Theta Kappa and several local musicians, will run electricity to the lights mounted on the sign with proceeds from the concert.

“It’s really what Service Learning is all about. You’re learning in classes, while you’re helping some agency. What’s so wonderful about this, is that this is the perfect example of how Service Learning is an organic living thing,” Anderson said.

The entire Celebration of the Arts on April 28th, is a product of collaboration, and will be marked by a wide range of mediums and ways to participate. There will be speakers, an artist reception, readings from Driftwood, a fashion show, a mini soup kitchen provided by the food bank and the concert. Donations are suggested for the soup kitchen, and admission to the concert will be $8 per person.



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