Weeklong celebration of the arts

Kasey Fahey

Art is alive in Verder Hall’s annual Living Arts Week.

“We want to take this opportunity to celebrate everything that is art,” said Matt Musgrave, resident hall director for Verder and Engleman halls.

Calendar of events


Exquisite Corpse, 8 – 9 p.m.


Photo booth and picture frame decorating 7 – 9 p.m.

Beginning guitar lessons 9 – 10 p.m.


Architecture bingo 7 – 8 p.m.

Recycled fashion show 8 – 10 p.m.


Poetry/literature reading 7 – 8 p.m.

Harry Potter night 8 – 10 p.m.


Gallery show 6 – 9 p.m.


Impromptu art 6 -8 p.m.

“Listening to Rian” Art Gallery


Soundfest noon – 9 p.m.

Living Arts Week has been an annual Verder Hall tradition for at least the past 10 years. The celebration includes performing arts, drawing, sculpting, knitting, tie-dyeing, a fashion show, poetry readings and concert. There is also a gallery show of student work.

Verder Hall, a fine arts community-themed residence hall, has a visual communication design, fine arts and fashion design studio mentors. The three studio mentors and eight resident assistants begin planning the event in January.

“It’s like a weeklong series of community builder activities,” said Emma Pavlik, Verder Hall’s fine arts studio mentor and senior fine arts major. “Soundfest is the main thing, and everything else happens during the week building up to it.”

All events are free and open to anyone to attend. All of the events are sponsored by Kent Interhall Council and student housing fees.

In the past, about 30 people show up to each event during the week, but Musgrave said they can support a larger crowd. Verder Hall Council designed a logo for T-shirts that will be sold for tie-dyeing, but students are welcome to bring their own shirt.

The celebration’s final event is Soundfest, a performing arts concert with local talent. The event begins at noon and ends at 9 p.m. Saturday. Soundfest will be a part of Lil Sibs Weekend with face painting and games from noon to 5 p.m. This year’s theme of Soundfest is “Recess” and there will be foursquare, dodge ball, chalking, jump ropes and other schoolyard activities.

Most of the events will take place in the gallery and lounge areas of Verder Hall. Soundfest will be outside, but in case of bad weather, the events will happen inside the building.

Contact Kasey Fahey at [email protected]