Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art held its first biannual community night, placing emphasis on diversity within the Auburn community. An event set aside to celebrate the differences and come together to relate.
The event was a team effort, requiring the help of nine different organizations. One organization, the COSAM Student Diversity Ambassadors, made efforts to promote diversity.
“It was a very comfortable environment to walk in to,” Reeves Thackston, sophomore in pre-business, said. “Good use of my time, plus it was my first time being in this museum.”
To kick the night off, a select few of the University's students stressed the point that appreciation for art comes naturally to all. All the galleries were open to guests, including several activities in the grand gallery.
Following the “A Little Art Talk” presentation, students from the Auburn Pointe School of Dance performed a routine inspired by the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. Members of the Allegro Dance Company brought to life several of the art pieces from the museum.
Classical soprano Noemi De Silva accompanied by pianist Mary Slaton opened with a collection of Puerto Rican anthems. The pair finished with a set of Spanish-language art songs.
The Auburn Cultural Music Society presented traditional songs native to Chile and Hawaii. Later in the night, they continued with a set of Indian-rock fusion and Indian folk music including their performance of dances from South Africa.
“What we wanted to do and hope to continue to do, is bring people together, face to face. Let them interact with one another," event developer Susan Basu said. "Let them learn to love one another despite their way of life."