World Art Day Wows

Northrop event caters to the artistically inclined

Artwork by Ruby Guthrie

Artwork by Ruby Guthrie

Entering Northrop Auditorium on Friday, April 14, it was evident that artists and patrons alike were encouraged to enter the space. Greeted by a violinist near the door as a premonition of the feature performance, Black Violin, guests enjoyed the entryway show while wandering various stations devoted to the arts in Northrop’s vestibule.

Although Black Violin performed at 7:30 p.m., the arts were celebrated at Northrop all afternoon. Over in Surdyk’s, Northrop’s café, coffee cups were provided at each table accompanied by colored markers. Café attendees were encouraged to decorate their cups, offering a creative spin to ordinary café activities.

Tables set up by creative entities on campus and from the greater Twin Cities community featured products and works reflecting their respective passions. Workshops on art inspired topics, like “Creative Action, Artistic Approaches to Social Justice,” were provided as well.

Various other acts replaced the violinist, including ukulele performances and Irish dancing. Increasing crowds of people surrounded the performers as the day progressed.

As the sky got darker, Black Violin took the stage. Composed of Wil B. and Kev Marcus, the men combine their classical training and hip-hop influences to create a distinctive multi-genre sound that is often described as “classical boom,” according to Northrop’s website.

The violinist near the door was replaced by various other acts, including ukulele performances and Irish dancing. Increasing crowds of people surrounded the performers as the day progressed.

Black Violin has shared stages with top names like Kanye West, Aerosmith and Tom Petty and has creatively collaborated with the likes of Wu-Tang Clan, Wyclef Jean and Alicia Keys.

World Art Day, a day devoted to celebrating music, dance, and theater on campus, was planned by Northrop’s student group, The University Collaborative Ambassadors for Northrop (U-CAN). U-CAN connects Northrop with the U of M campus by collaborating with campus departments and student organizations to plan and produce a variety of events, activities, and opportunities, utilizing Northrop’s theaters, study lounges, Surdyk’s café, and art gallery.

World Art Day was a special day dedicated to the burgeoning arts community on campus and the Twin Cities greater area, planned by an enthusiastic group devoted to the campus arts community.