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Wesley Foundation hosts arts festival

November 14, 2016

Morgan Bernard

Staff Reporter | mrb056@latech.edu

Above: Courtney Nash (left) a Tech alumi, and Hannah Aycock (right) a senior education major, perform a dance the Wesley Foundation’s Music and Arts festival at Railroad park. PAbove: Courtney Nash (left) a Tech alumi, and Hannah Aycock (right) a senior education major, perform a dance the Wesley Foundation’s Music and Arts festival at Railroad park. Above: Courtney Nash (left) a Tech alumi, and Hannah Aycock (right) a senior education major, perform a dance the Wesley Foundation’s Music and Arts festival at Railroad park. Photos by Ashley Kober.

Above: Courtney Nash (left) a Tech alumi, and Hannah Aycock (right) a senior education major, perform a dance the Wesley Foundation’s Music and Arts festival at Railroad park. Photos by Ashley Kober.

 

Downtown Ruston was filled with the sound of music and the images of art Nov. 5 for the Wesley Foundation’s Music and Arts Festival in Railroad Park.

 

The festival held an art show with works from several local artists for sale. There were also music, poetry and dance performances from other local talents. Free games and food were also provided for attendees.

 

Kendall Durr, a senior studio art major, said she saw the festival as a way for the Ruston community to come together while also expressing the work of local artists.

 

“We love the atmosphere at things like the farmer’s market, so we wanted to bring something like that to the community,” Durr said. “It’s also a great way for new artists to share their work. We have a lot artwork from fellow Tech students, and even preschoolers from local schools had their work added to the gallery.”

 

Dasia Canales, a ministry intern of the Wesley Foundation, said the foundation wanted to share individuals’ talents to express how they see God within art and music.

 

“We wanted to display these gifts that people in our community have because we see them as gifts given to them by God,” Canales said. “We believe we can experience Him through a lot of things like music, art and dance, and we wanted a way to show the rest of our community the way we experience it.”

 

Canales said she thought many people enjoyed the festival’s arts and hoped for the same reaction at future events Wesley will host.

 

“I see families with their kids having fun at the games, and lots of people came when they heard the music,” she said. “We always publicize to Tech students, but we also wanted to get the Ruston community involved in things we do. I think we succeeded in that today.”

 

Daija Frazier, a freshman business marketing major, said she enjoyed seeing people’s different talents at the event.

 

“This is a really cool way for people to show their creativity,” Frazier said. “You can hang out with friends, meet new people and check out some amazing art and music.”

 

Jamie Williams, a junior architecture major, said she enjoyed the festival.

 

“My favorite part has been listening to the performers on stage,” Williams said. “I really like the poetry speakers and the music is pretty good, too.”

 

She said the festival was a great time for the Ruston community and Tech students to come together.

 

“I think it’s great because it’s a chance for people who don’t normally go on campus to be able to see what kind of stuff we do outside of class,” Williams said. “You may even meet some other students who you normally wouldn’t talk to on campus and become great friends. It’s awesome how we can come together as a community, and get to know each other a little better, while also having fun.”

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