Last Friday, the UNC Media Art Space was filled with music and spoken poetry as six student artists performed their creative works for their peers.
The event was a multimedia mixer hosted by the Carolina Artists Coalition, an unofficial organization meant to help student artists of any skill level showcase their work and connect with other creatives.
The coalition was founded by UNC junior Alex West, who said they conceptualized it a year ago, but officially started it this past fall.
West, a communications major concentrating in media production, said they are involved in various art clubs and wanted to promote collaboration between various mediums.
“There are so many people that don't just do one art here at UNC, and so for me, that was a really kind of important thing to realize,” they said.
Over the last semester, the organization has been working on kickstarting programs such as Writing Wednesdays, which sets aside an hour for students to write and workshop together, and Feature Fridays that promote artists and their work over social media.
The coalition also hosted an open-mic game night at The Gathering Place in late October. This event included a costume contest, which West said was their way of trying to promote creative freedom and costume design.
However, according to West, Friday's multimedia mixer was one of their biggest events so far.
“Honestly, I just wanted to create an event where people could show off their craft and have fun, nothing more to it,” they said in a text. “Kinda like a karaoke night for original works with different mediums.”