I welcome you all to the deceptive and uneasy calm before the storm better known by the name Artbeat of Columbus. Its a good thing storms are my favorite type of weather. The NPACE center has been gearing up to record, capture, catalog, edit, upload, and share every exciting moment of one of Columbus’ newest arts festivals. I had the pleasure of working on Artbeat last year, and I am truly looking forward to seeing what the College of the Arts has to offer next month. Last March was indeed a challenge, mainly because Artbeat was a brand new idea. All the lines of communication had to be built largely from scratch, but that was one of the main ideas behind the festival in the first place, to foster the growth of a healthy relationship between the individual departments in the College of the Arts. To be as politically correct as possible, we are a community consisting of a sizable amount of, shall we say ‘opinionated’, people. It’s good for us to get out of our comfort zones and see what others are up to in our university. Artbeat provides the perfect chance to accomplish this goal, and I believe the Communication Department has a responsibility to use the resources at its disposal to aid in spreading this message. We stepped up to the challenge well last year. Personally, I was able to work on a short documentary with Christina Kleehammer over two weeks showcasing the process Art student Mark Priest went through in crafting the metalwork sculpture “Sleeping Swan”
This year promises to be even better, and our department has many more tools at our disposal thanks to the growth of NPACE than we did 12 months ago, and our team of interns and student assistants have the advantage of experience and training…and did I mention experience? I can’t wait to see what Artbeat holds for us in then next month.