ArtStreet offers new programs, encourages understanding

By: Kayla Mueller – Staff Writer

In the past, Wednesday Workshops at ArtStreet have often encouraged students to come and paint, print, draw and take something home. This semester, ArtStreet is taking a new approach by offering an immersive experience for students where they don’t necessarily take home something physical, but instead gain knowledge or an understanding.

The current theme is Metamorphosis, and the end goal is to spread beauty around campus and encourage an atmosphere of empowerment in the student body.

“The Inner Beauty Project” by artist Tim Arroyo was created based on his observation of the unwillingness to be photographed. This inherent beauty is captured through the process of photographing the subject in infrared lighting, revealing a beauty from within and letting go of any insecurities. This project was developed to show there is beauty in everyone. It is presented with support from the UD Women’s Center in ArtStreet Studio D from Feb. 18 through March 16, and the opening reception is Tuesday, Feb. 18, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

“The Rubi Girls Unveiled” is a workshop that offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to see exclusive behind the scenes look at the preparation of a drag show transformation. The Rubi Girls are known throughout the region for their outrageous drag performances and philanthropic giving. Participants will see the men before they transform, and then watch a documentary of “The Rubi Girls.”

Next, a makeup artist will inform the audience of what goes into the process of transformation. After changing and transforming together, The Rubi Girls will then perform their numbers for everyone.

“I have heard the performances are very entertaining and that they are also raising money for a great cause,” said ArtStreet assistant director Nicole Rottmueller-Jones. “The Rubi Girls donate money to HIV/AIDS research.”

This workshop gives participants the opportunity to learn about a lifestyle that they may not usually be exposed to and will be held in ArtStreet Studio B on March 12 from 7 to 9 p.m.

The “#ArtStreetSelfieProject” explores an alternative to judgment and prejudice, giving students an open conversation about beauty that aims to avoid potential stereotypes or harassment. Rottmueller-Jones said it’s about encouraging individuals to notice beauty in others and empower each other.

“Sometimes a selfie has a negative connotation,” she said. “People often get judged for taking selfies and posting them online. However, the real purpose of a selfie is that you feel good about yourself.”

Hosted by the ArtStreet Happenings team, Theta Phi Alpha and the UD Counseling Center, the workshop will take place March 19 in ArtStreet Studio E from 7 to 9 p.m.

Everyone has the right to be beautiful, and through these events, individuals will have an opportunity understand the real meaning of inner-beauty.

“Beauty can not be defined by a single term because it’s all based on someone’s own interpretation of beauty,” said Katie Virgin, junior pre-physical therapy major.

Wednesday Workshops are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. Space is limited and pre-registration is strongly suggested. Visit www.udayton.edu/artstreet/workshops/index.php to register or for more information on other upcoming Wednesday Workshops.