The students of this year’s Connected Learning Program are knitting, dancing, and dumpster-diving their way toward their version of a better tomorrow.
The Connected Learning Program, a joint project between the James M. Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence, and Housing and Residential Education, supports student-led initiatives based around contemporary issues.
And this year, more than half of the projects have a distinctly artistic approach.
“More and more there are being connections made across disciplines, across different communities at the University,” Connected Learning Program Coordinator Ben Bolling said. “Very few of them are art majors, but they see the value of using art from a political science standpoint.”
Sophomore Wilson Sayre was a participant her freshman year.
This year, Sayre is a group mentor, heading her own project. With her concept, Guerilla Art, Sayre wants to create art anywhere and everywhere on campus.
“Last year we did not have a single arts project,” Sayre said. “There has been a hole for undergraduate artistic endeavors.”
Sophomores Karen Hardy and Erika Wesonga are veterans of the Connected Learning Program and co-mentors of this year’s group, Closely Knit.
“I would walk in on her crocheting, and she would walk in on me knitting,” Wesonga said.