Arts and Your Major Month

Presented by the Arts Village in collaboration with Arts NC State and NC State University Libraries 

Join us for a series of programs illustrating how the arts overlap and enhance STEM careers and studies. Guest speakers from across campus will address how they use the arts in their work. All events are open to the NC State community with the exception of the events on Nov. 15 and 16 which are only open to Arts Village.

Climate Change and the Arts:

A conversation with Dr. Chris Galik

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 4 p.m., Hill Library East Learning Lab B, 2112

Climate Change and the Arts: In his work The Great Derangement, the writer Amitav Ghosh speaks to “global warming’s resistance to the arts.” Yet the arts have a vital role in helping society voice, frame and comprehend the tectonic changes associated with global climate change. In this short workshop, we will explore how the arts interface with a constantly evolving technological, political, economic and social landscape.

Using Dance to Disseminate STEM Research

by Layla El-Khoury, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering

Thursday, Nov. 9, 6 p.m., Hill Library auditorium

Layla El-Khoury, a member of the State Dance Company, will discuss how the arts, specifically dance, is an important tool to communicate STEM research. She will discuss the process of choreographing and performing her original dance piece titled “Force of Flows” which looks at the effect of streambank erosion. The evening will conclude with a viewing of the piece.

No registration required

Cars: Irrational Art in Motion

A discussion with Jason Torchinsky, co-founder of Autopian

Friday, Nov. 10, 6 p.m., Hill Library Fishbowl Forum

Cars are carefully engineered, designed, manufactured and marketed things. They’re also absolutely irrational, possibly the most irrational things we tend to pay a lot of money for. Writing about cars for a living requires a strong technical background, but also a surprising amount of art knowledge, art and art history, and an appreciation of art itself. 

No Registration Required

Photography and Nature Science

Dr. Matt Bertone, director, Plant Disease and Insect Clinic

Monday, Nov. 13, 4 p.m., Hill Library 2nd floor conference room, East Wing Room 2111

Join Dr. Matt Bertone as he discusses his use of digital macro photography techniques, with a particular focus on the biological sciences. Students will be able to participate in a hands-on workshop that shows the complexities of macro photography.

Using Art With Worldbuilding Purpose with angela gay-audre

Tuesday, Nov. 14, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., African American Cultural Center Gallery

African American Cultural Center director angela gay-audre welcomes you to the celebration of Kwanzaa with this Arts and Your Major session. This is a worldbuilding workshop that focuses on the Kwanzaa principle of Nia. Nia means purpose and is centered on creating collective energy to build and develop our communities so our people can be restored with the humanizing energy of greatness. Bring to this workshop something you have been working on in class, labs or other work that you want to reimagine through art. During this workshop, we will expand art into every field and will create a community art piece that will be displayed at the Kwanzaa Feast of Faith.

No Registration Required

How Does It Mean?

Chinese Arts and Culture with Coordinator of the Chinese Program, associate professor Nathaniel Isaacson

Wednesday, Nov. 15, Lunch and Learn, 12 to 1 p.m., Holmes Hall 108

Join Professor Isaacson to examine how Chinese cinema produces meaning. From camera angles to special effects, lighting, sound and dialogue, we examine how the art of cinema can be both globally recognizable and locally specific.

Visual Arts in the Triangle: An overview of where to start as an artist with Kenneth Proseus

Thursday, Nov. 16, Lunch and Learn, 12 to 1 p.m., Holmes Hall 108

Join Kenneth Proseus, the events and operations manager for NC State Innovation and Entrepreneurship, as well as a visual artist and co-owner of 311 Gallery. Proseus has over a decade of experience exhibiting, installing and selling his work and the work of others in the Triangle. Join him for a conversation on ways to get started on a career in the visual arts and how to reconcile the creativity of art with the challenge of business.

Arts Village Specific Events:

Arts and Mental Health: Arts Village group mandala with Hannah Lavasque

Thursday, Nov. 16, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Join Hannah Lavasque to explore the effects of arts and mental health. We will be creating a large group project that will be displayed in the Arts Village. 

A tour of the Gregg Museum and discussion on museum object preservation, care and display

Friday, Nov. 17, 1 p.m. 

Gregg Museum of Art and Design

Join the staff at the Gregg to talk about the complexities of working with art from acquisition and archival care to exhibition and interpretation.