The Arts Alive SDSU Festival Returns to Campanile Walkway

April 16, 2019
Arts Alive SDSU

The third annual Arts Alive SDSU Festival returns to campus on Thursday, May 2, 2019. This all-day campus arts festival runs from 10 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. along Campanile Walkway.

The Festival will showcase an eclectic variety of art, literature, dance, film, music, and theatre and feature live performances, exhibits, demonstrations, and interactive art-making activities.

A Multi-Disciplinary Event

All members of the SDSU community (including students, faculty, staff, and administration) were encouraged to submit their work to participate in the Festival. Over 100 individuals were selected to participate, either by performing or having their work displayed. 

“The Festival is an opportunity to celebrate the artistic activities that permeate the SDSU community," said Eric Smigel, chair of Arts Alive SDSU. "The event also serves as an affirmation that our entire campus is a platform for creativity." 

Live performances will take place on stage in front of Hepner Hall. Performances will include scenes from several Shakespearean plays, performances by students and faculty in the SDSU Division of Dance, a live DJ performance set of electronic music, and spoken word poetry. 

Visual art pieces will be displayed across Campanile Walkway. With over fifty unique works, this one-day exhibition will include paintings, ceramic sculptures, theatre set design models, graphic design posters, and a 13-foot geodesic dome, among other pieces. 

The Arts Alive SDSU Festival will also feature interactive activities and a collection of short student films screened throughout the day. 

The multi-disciplinary event will also showcase the talents of those behind the scenes whose logistical management make a large event like this happen. The Festival is being produced in partnership with an upper-division course in the School of Theatre, Television, and Film in which students gain theoretical and practical experience in professional production management.

"It has been exciting to receive the influx of diverse entries," said Smigel, "and a pleasure to work with the students in Jay Sheehan's production class to determine how best to present such a vast array of visual and performing arts." 

The Arts Alive SDSU Festival is free and open to the public.

About Arts Alive SDSU

Arts Alive SDSU is a campus-wide initiative dedicated to providing opportunities to engage in the arts. The initiative promotes creative research and interdisciplinary collaboration across San Diego State University.

The content within this article has been edited by Lizbeth Persons.

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