“Spike” by MSUM Student Rosie Cunningham

Inaugural College Arts Fest celebrates local student artists


This Sunday, a group of talented artists from Concordia College, Minnesota State University Moorhead and North Dakota State University gather at Babb’s Coffee House in downtown Fargo for the first-ever College Arts Fest in the community.

College Arts Fest is a pop-up celebration of local student artists produced by PLACE: An Arts Community, a group I formed with a handful of fellow students from Concordia, MSUM and NDSU to give students an opportunity to explore, create and share artistic experiences and foster an active campus arts community.

At the festival, which takes place from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, 36 artists showcase a diverse array of works including paintings, sculptures, embroidery, graphic design, photographs and more for the public to enjoy. To celebrate the performing arts, classical music, musical theatre, film, poetry, and original songs will be performed throughout the whole event.

“Spike” by MSUM Student Rosie Cunningham

College Arts Fest will be hosted in the basement of Babb’s Coffee House — an intimate space with a small stage, sea foam green brick walls and a lot of personality.

“Morning Tea” by Kristina Keller to be featured in College Arts Fest at Babb’s Coffee House on Sunday, April 14th

When planning this, we wanted to be sure that all artists — not just those studying the arts — would be welcome. This festival includes art from first year to graduate students majoring in areas including art, music, pharmacy, anthropology, microbiology, and business.

Part of “Displaced Dreamscapes” Triptych by NDSU Student, Tyrel Iron Eyes

Our goal of this event is to create a community of student artists in the F-M metro. The music, theatre, and arts departments on each campus are independently so strong and vibrant, and there are incredible student artists that exist outside of those departments. We envision community where student creatives from all areas have a chance to communicate and collaborate with each other, and we hope you will join us on Sunday!

For more information on PLACE: An Arts Community, visit our Facebook page.

What: College Arts Fest
When: 2-5 p.m. Sunday, April 14
Where: Babb’s Coffee House (604 Main Avenue in downtown Fargo)
Cost: Free and open to the public.

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