The University of North Carolina School of the Arts had a busy start to the semester. Our chapter started out with the annual resource fair, and tabled utilizing the political homeless quiz, YAL/SFL swag, and books. The fair was a success and got over 50 students to sign up for our first interest meeting. Like most meetings go, not everyone on the list was able to show up, but a solid 15 came by to see what UNCSA’s YAL chapter is all about!
Leading up to Constitution Week, we decided to participate in the free speech wall project. After building the wall on into late Sunday night, the wall was up and ready for the week’s traffic.
Since UNCSA is an arts school, some students chose to express their free speech through artwork, while some stuck to a traditional quotation or words of their choice. We were also able to pass out more than 400 Constitutions throughout the week, adding the school’s pocket Constitutions to that count.
The night before the free speech wall was suppose to come down, a group of Design & Production students decided to paint over the wall. After spending 12 hours stenciling and coming up with the concept, they created the final stage of the free speech wall. This artwork could be seen as vandalism, but at UNCSA this was a work of art. It got so much attention after it was finished, that students wanted our chapter to keep the free speech wall up for good, so they could continue to freely expresses themselves throughout the semester.
Overall, the beginning of this semester has been a success at UNCSA and our chapter is optimistic about growing and expanding our network with other local schools in Winston Salem, and across the state!