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Wesley Foundation hosts creative arts festival

April 28, 2016

STARLA GATSON

Staff Reporter| sjg021@ latech.edu

Jonathan's People performs an opening song.

In addition to art, food and other creative outlets, the Wesley’s arts festival included music performances by bands such as Jonathan’s People. Photo by Brian Blakely

 

 

Many of Louisiana Tech’s artists came together Saturday to share their talents in the fields of music, short films, poetry, art, culinary skills and photography during the Wesley Foundation’s second annual Creative Arts Festival.

 

 

The event featured over 60 entries and gave Tech students an opportunity to freely express themselves with their peers.

 

The Creative Arts Festival was established last year by Matthew Ramsaur during his time as an intern at the Wesley Foundation.

 

 

Ramsaur, a filmmaker, said he began the event to bring all kinds of people together.

 

 

“I just wanted a way for people to come together and see all the talent in areas like photography, film and music,” he said. “I wanted a way for people to make connections.”

 

 

Caroline Doughty, a Wesley Foundation intern, took over as coordinator for this year’s festival.

 

 

“After Matthew Ramsaur started it last year, I decided I wanted to be a part of it,” Doughty said. “I wanted people to have another chance to express themselves and show off all the talents and gifts that God has given them.”

 

 

Doughty said she was honored to be a part of the event and see all different kinds of art come to life.

 

 

“There are so many different kinds of art and that’s what drew me in,” she said. “It’s a joy to watch how God makes Himself known through gifts and talents.”

 

 

Throughout the event, audience members rated each performance or piece from one to five and voted to determine placements in each category.

 

 

Haidyn Long, a sophomore general studies student, said she was not only excited to have an opportunity to share an original song with her peers but also see the talents of the other entrants.

 

 

“It means a lot to me to get to perform tonight,” Long said. “But I think it’s really cool just to be able to look around and see all the different kinds of art here. I think it’s all so interesting and unique.”

 

 

Alana Crump, a second-year graduate student, said she enjoyed the festival because it gave performers an opportunity to step out of their comfort zones and share their talents with the Tech community.

 

 

“It’s amazing to see people sharing things that may have been private or had never been shared before,” Crump said. “Just to see all the talents that God has given people is awesome, whether they come out as serious or super fun and silly.”

 

 

Crump, who performed an original song with her fiancé during the festival, said though she liked performing, her favorite part of the event was getting to see the other entrants’ art.

 

 

“I just do it for fun,” she said. “And I already know what I have to offer, so I really like to see what other people can do and just watch them have fun.”

 

 

Doughty said she believes the event’s purpose was to give artists and attendees the chance to express themselves and feels that this year’s festival was successful in doing so.

 

 

“I wanted everyone here to know that they are loved and known,” Doughty said. “They are welcome here and they have the freedom to express themselves through their art.”

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