By Deborah Oomen
The Dalhousie Student Union Building was full of energy this past Wednesday as students came together to get creative and decorate their shared space.
With the Dalhousie Student Union providing canvasses, paints and paintbrushes, the event attracted students and societies from across campus to create artwork that would be hung up and displayed in the SUB as well as dispersed around campus.
“It went great, the paintings turned out amazing,” said DSU Vice President Aaron Beale, who was pleased that everyone was having a good time for a good cause, “There was such a big difference in the energy of the space.”
The initial idea began when the Nova Scotia Public Interest Research Group needed some canvasses for a project. “We had a students against debt party where we started one of the big pieces of art, then we needed somewhere to finish it so we decided to plan today to get people to help,” says Rachelle McKay, who was getting an early start on the large painting Wednesday morning.
The number of participants was hard to predict, but organizers were optimistic because of the number of people that pass through the building every day. “I’m kind of hoping I can just start painting a little bit and more people will join in, we’ll have a really great piece of art to put up in the SUB,” says McKay.
Although it began as a NSPIRG project, Beale saw the opportunity to get others outside the group involved, “I decided the SUB could use some student art and decoration.”
Word of the event spread through email to all of Dalhousie’s societies, and the Facebook page had more than 100 people who clicked ‘attending’ on the event. Students were also given the option to sign up for a canvas to bring home to paint, and return it when their artwork was completed.
Joana Lauren appreciates the effort the DSU has put into bringing students together, “I’m grateful that we have such a caring, engaging and inclusive student union. I really enjoyed the music, energy and enthusiasm from the artists who were painting around me, and the people who just wanted to watch.”
On one of the canvasses McKay planned to paint Dalhousie’s Henry Hicks building, with the inscription ‘Dal Students Unite’, “Then everyone can write what they’re uniting for.”
Lauren said this event showed the growth of the Dalhousie community. “Its brought a number of students together that wouldn’t normally have met under other circumstances to make connections that will last.”