Arts Expo Raises Money for Veterans Memorial
The Freedom Calls Arts Expo, held April 30 at the Wayne Armory, included artists, craftsmen, clubs, organizations and business with arts and crafts sales, food sales, raffles, silent auction, supper and entertainment throughout the evening by WSC faculty and community members. The Wayne State College Department of Art and Design and Service Learning program hosted the event and raised approximately $3,000 in contributions including food, art and more.
The purpose of the event was to support Wayne Veterans in maintaining the Wayne Veterans Memorial site, adding names to the wall of veterans and to acknowledge the role veterans have played in ensuring Americans can pursue our arts through freedom of expression.
“I had a number of students who were just remarkable through this whole event in helping and generating ideas. They gained a lot from this process,’’ said organizer Pearl Hansen, professor of art. “It brought out the leadership and dedication in the students that are freshmen and sophomores. This will be significant for the art department and future student leadership.’’
The list of names for the Wayne Veterans Memorial was posted with art by WSC students. The event included educational posters of images and information about the branches of service, life during the wars, quotes, life on the home front and much more.
Committee members for the event included Wayne State professors Pearl Hansen, Steve Elliott, Marlene Mueller, Pamela Fiedler and Wayne Anderson. Members of the Art Education Club and Art Club assisted with arrangements. Art education students spent time helping people decorate May Baskets for May Day and sold bracelets commemorating the event. Randy Bertolas, professor of geography, presented a world map showing the service locations of U.S. Veterans.
Service Learning funds at WSC are provided through a WSC Service-Learning sub-grant provided by the Midwest consortium for Service-Learning.