With a mission to build a community in support of the arts through education and exploration, the NSU Art Club promotes the application and understanding of art throughout campus and the Aberdeen area. President Nicole Arnold, faculty advisor Professor Greg Blair, and members of the club have worked hard this year to take on many diverse community leadership and service opportunities, in the hopes of spreading awareness for their cause. On campus, the club has put on many different workshops, including ones centered on making friendship bracelets, teaching the art of henna, and creating beaded animals. At the Culture Fest, the Art Club created a collaborative art experience. They also had a booth and self-made dunk tank at Club Rush, as well as a float for the Gypsy Day Parade. All of these activities work to help bring in as many new members to the club as possible. Recently, the Art Club has found more creative ways to give back to the community. Instead of simply sending out daytime volunteers to help out at the Aberdeen Humane Society, they created cat hammocks and dog pillows to donate to the local shelter. They have also been working with an organization called Empty Bowls, building handmade clay bowls to raise funds for local charities. The club has also volunteered for the Aberdeen Optimist Club, acted as tour guides for the Haunted Forest, and helped mark the course for the annual Steps for Shep Race.
More than anything, the Art Club would like Northern students to become more involved with their organization. “We want to show students that art can be an outlet they use in their everyday lives,” said Arnold. All students are welcome to join Art Club. Meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. every Tuesday in the Dacotah Hall Art Lounge.