by Kiani Ned
|Courtesy of the Barnard Student Curatorial Committee|
On Thursday evening, upon entering the Student Curatorial Committee’s Interfaith Arts Gala, I was greeted by a warm and inviting atmosphere of ethereal music and captivated listeners. Listening to the sounds of string instruments and tall drums, I got a chance to connect with art chosen to represent the diversity and strength of faith on campus. The Student Curatorial Committee serves under Student Government Association to make student art more accessible to the Barnard community. This event did just that, and displayed art in warm environment that included musical entertainment and snacks to entice people to enter.
As someone whose life has always been centered on art, I was very emotionally affected by the works of art that I experienced at the Interfaith Arts Gala. There were photographs, paintings and drawings that revealed very personal aspects of the artists’ experiences of faith and their definition of spirituality, which was very beautiful to witness. I believe that anyone viewing the works of art would have been similarly affected by these visual definitions of faith.
I would recommend that those in the Barnard and greater Columbia community attend an SCC event. Art functions as much more than an extra-curricular activity—it is a way of life, a means in which to learn by, and an important medium for self-expression. Supporting the arts on Barnard’s campus is a way in which we can support creativity, individuality and help to validate the importance of the individuals who we share our beloved Barnard with!
Kiani Ned is a first-year at Barnard and a staff writer for The Nine Ways of Knowing.
Image courtesy of the Barnard Student Curatorial Committee’s Facebook Page.