Jamie Tan and Student Showcase Art Exhibit
Thursday, April 20, was the opening of Jamie Tan’s Head Trip art exhibit and the Student Showcase exhibit. Jamie Tan had several different painting to showcase. There pieces that had were one a colored piece of paper with the same color painted on it. When looking at the piece multiple times one could find something new every time in it. She also then had a painting that was composed of different canvases coming together together to create one full image. The Student Showcase Exhibit featured different art forms: ceramics, sculpture, drawings, paintings, and photography. Each piece had the creator’s personal style to it, which helped give each piece its own personal touch making it memorable.
The art really fits into the imagination and emotion categories of the five ways of knowing because imagination is the creativity that goes into each piece and emotion is put into the piece by the creator. Art work can be a form of expressing one’s emotions and feelings about current situations. This then ties into hearing the voices of the marginalized because it is a way one can show another what is going on. It is another way to voice the concerns of the marginalized. We see different forms of art also come out from different races and cultures who are marginalized, and it is used as a piece of history for them. The artwork can be used to tell their story and struggle just like a book can. Art is a way that connects people, and allows for others to take a step into someone’s life, and that is what these works in the gallery did.
I am not usually one to enjoy looking at artwork, but this exhibit was rather neat. It allowed me to support my friends, and see the talent they have as well as the other students at Concordia. One of my favorite pieces was the piece called “Ocean in a Bowl.”It was piece of pottery that after glazing literally looked like there was water in it. My first time seeing I literally almost touched the piece to see if there actually was water because it looked like there was. Another one of my favorites, that I do not remember the name, was this big sculpture made out of cardboard and tape. It did not really have a definite shape to identify what it is, but it just looked really cool because the of the way the color of the tape and the cardboard looked together. This whole exhibit made me appreciate art just a little more, but overall made me see the true talent in some of my friends.
Poetry Month Convocation
Wednesday, April 19, was the convocation for poetry month. This convocation was not the typical convocations like the one in the past were there was just one speaker. This one had multiple people speaking, both staff and students. Each person would take turns going up and share a piece of poetry that they enjoy, and some even shared their own that they wrote. Authors– Billy Collins, Alice Walker, Heather Wasti, Donald Justice, James Agee, and Margaret Stevenson–were all read with each having a different tone. Some of the poems were funny, depressing, or uplifting, and others just made one feel relaxed. The readers were of various ages, races, ethnicities, and both gender represented. All of this created a enjoyable event to close the year.
Poetry incorporates well into last semester and this semester. For the “five ways of knowing,” in Honors 110, poetry would fall into the imagination category. Poetry is a creative process used to describe various subjects, such as history or mood. Because of its ability to convey different subjects, it then ties into emotion. Poetry displays emotion through the tone, syntax, diction, metaphors, and other literary device used in poems. When reading a poem one can get the sense of what the author is feeling since there may be a possibility of more than one emotion. For Honors 120, poetry is an expression of what one may feel. In classes we read poetry about different people who were marginalized. Poetry along with song is one of the various ways people share their stories of marginalization in hopes that someone is going to listen. Honors 120 is all about listening to the marginalized and poetry is just another way of listening.
I really enjoyed this convocation because it was not like all the others this year. I really like the different readers because each person had a different poem with a different message to it. I usually do not like poetry, but this convocation really showed me different types of poetry that I am interested in. I am really glad I got this experience, and I am thankful for the more respect I have for poetry because of this.
Last Monday, March 27, was the first privilege walk hosted by the Honors Program, CHUSA, and UMOJA. A privilege walk is something that shows people their advantages and disadvantages in society. People can be disadvantaged or marginalized through race, gender, sexuality, economic status, religion, etc… The privilege walk was primarily used for Honors to show white privilege, but also showed privilege in other areas. To start the walk, a group of volunteers lined up on a line. Dr. Chapman then asked a series of questions highlighting different areas where privilege may be found. Some questions had one take a step forward because of a question showing privilege. “Step forward if you got a job or acceptance to school because of a parent or family member.” Some questions had one take a step back, showing where they have had a disadvantage. “Step back if you have ever had to worry where your next meal would come from.” In the end, after the all the questions, there were some gaps across the spectrum. There were a lot more people in front of the line than behind. Most of the people behind the line were African American heritage or Hmong. Then after the walk everyone sat in a circle for a debriefing. In the debriefing the people were asked about how they felt about the walk and other things. During the debriefing some people really opened up about themselves, making it more impactful, and creating a great eye opening experience for anyone who came.
This event connects very well with what Honors 120 is focusing on, hearing the voices of the marginalized. The theme for this semester is racism and white privilege. The main thing was to show the privilege that is not easily seen or in our control. It showed that most of our white privilege are things out of our control. The things that put some people of color behind the line were also out of their control as well. One of the most important things this showed was that no matter our situation- whether or not behind the line- we do not let this define who we are. Our privilege could also then be used to help others up, and bringing equality to all.
To me the privilege walk was very eye opening, but not surprising. It wasn’t surprising because I expected myself and my class to be in front of the line and those who were of color closer or behind the line. It was eye-opening though because of what happened during the debriefing. I saw sides of people I did not know, whether or not they were my friends. It also affected me a lot because my family has a history of marginalizing anyone who is not white and Christian. Through this experience it made me angry because of people like in my family’s of treating people who are “different” feel disadvantaged. It made me feel like it was partially my fault because of my background, even though I do not feel that way about minorities. So while it was eye opening it was also upsetting. I would do this again because it did make me more aware of my privilege. If we did do it again, I would want a more diverse range questions. Overall, I am proud of my class for participating, but more proud of those who opened up because this allowed for us to try and make Concordia a better welcoming place for all.