BC ARTS INSIDER 2015-2016…

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As a new student to the Boston College community, I can’t help but notice the irony in writing for a blog purporting to be an “Insider” when I still feel like a bit of an outsider. So, I’m looking for a little help. Whether you’re an expert in all things Boston College, or you’re as new to the BC world as I am, we are looking for writer-interns to explore the BC arts scene and write about it for this very blog! The one you’re reading right now!

Come write with us! It can be scholarly or sassy, cynical or comical, short’n’snappy or super in-depth, and it’s a great way to get your voice out there. Nothing is better for a resume than saying you’ve had your writing published on the Internet! The Internet is a pretty popular place, so it’s kindof a big deal.

In the past, this blog has focused mainly on music + theatre reviews, and alumni artist interviews. I like those things; you probably do, too! Let’s keep doing them. Let’s also do think-pieces, poetry, and short fiction. Let’s do listicles, because apparently that’s a thing now, and why should Buzzfeed have all the fun? Let’s do debates. Let’s talk about movies we’ve seen, places we’ve been, and people who inspire us. Let’s discuss controversies in and around the BC art scene.

* Is there an event you’re dying to go to on or off campus that you’re not sure you can afford? If you agree to write about it for this blog, we will compensate for the ticket cost!

* Is your friend an amazing artist but gets shy about sharing their work? Profile them for the blog to promote their art and get them connected to the BC community!

* Are YOU an artist looking to show off your skills and get feedback and support from the BC community? Submit your work with along with some descriptions, and we will post it here!

* Do you want an excuse to talk to that really cool film/fine arts/music/theatre/English professor? Ask them if you can interview them for the BC Arts Insider blog! Samesies if you want to interview or profile a particular club or student group involved in the arts!

Posts can include pictures, videos, links, and/or your brilliant words. The sky’s the limit.

Email lustberg@bc.edu if you have an idea for a blog post, and let us know if you would like to write it yourself (Yes! You can do it! We believe in you!) or if you’d like someone from our Arts Council staff to write it (we’ll take your brilliant idea and run with it!). We’re open to just about anything, because this blog is not just about BC, it’s for BC students. This is the BC Arts Insider blog, and you’ll always be in with us.

I’M LIVING IN THE GREATEST CITY EVER, ATTENDING THE COOLEST SCHOOL IN THE WORLD…NOW WHAT?

As a BC newbie, I find myself completely overwhelmed by all of the various opportunities to get involved with both BC student life and the city of Boston in general. Coming from a smaller town, I love Boston’s vast and varied cultural landscape; it’s all dizzyingly exciting, but I find myself constantly puzzling over the classic conundrum: with so many intriguing options, how is one person supposed to decide where to go, what to do, and how to have fun on any given day? I’ve always said that if I could have one magical item from the world of Harry Potter, it would be Hermione’s time turner:

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It would obviously be used to sneak in extra naps during finals week, but it would also come in handy for all of the events and exhibits happening on and off BC campus every day, because there are so many options! Alas, we are mere muggles, and must figure things out sans magic.

So what’s the secret to never missing out on all the cool art events that match my interests? How can I get involved with the community in ways that are fun, creative, entertaining, and inspiring? How can I be a BC Arts Insider?

Luckily the BC Arts Council works to make everyone feel involved and get connected, and make sure you don’t miss out on anything that’s up your alley! There are tons of ways to keep in touch and make sure you get the most out of your BC experience:

* A good first step is to Like BC Arts Council on Facebook! That’s where it all goes down: posts include auditions and upcoming events, clubs promoting their meetings, shows, and projects, and all the general info you need to stay in the loop.

* The lovely Arts Calendar is also a handy guide to university arts events for the semester. You can download a PDF and plot out your game plan for now through December, making sure to check off all of your bucket-list arts items by planning ahead.

* You can take on our Instagram Challenge, designed for ultimate adventure and exploration! Gram your attendance at all of the places/events listed, tagging @bc_artscouncil for each one, and you win BC swag!

* You can make sure to clear your schedule for the night of Thursday, November 12th for our event Career Night for the Arts! Trying to figure out what to do with the rest of your life can be scary, but you don’t have to go it alone. From 7-9pm that evening you can converse and network with BC alumni who not only have pursued their interest in the arts beyond college, but have made successful careers out of it. Come seek advice and wisdom from these folks, because they know what they’re talking about. (Also, look out for features about specific Career Night alumni on this blog to stay informed on who will be there!)

* Sign up for our email list to get our weekly Eyes on Art newsletter (email arts@bc.edu with the subject line “Add Me to Eyes on Art”), which gives a fun and brief rundown of some can’t-miss art happenings for the current week.

* Fill out this form if you would like to put on an exhibition at the brand-new, state-of-the-art gallery space in Carney Hall. Submit a proposal to reserve the space for your work. The first exhibit will be from Visiting Assistant Professor Sammy Chong, entitled The Pilgrim, from November 2nd through December 4th

* Check out our Twitter for important updates in the BC Arts scene.

COMING UP NEXT WEEK…

BC Arts Council does ITV Fest! We’ll share our experiences with you, and if have any intense FOMO about next year, you can make sure to join in on the action by taking the Independent TV & Film course (THTR225701) in the Fall.

Also next week…

Inspired by some truly amazing BC alumni artists and lots of recent media coverage, I’ll be posting a think-piece about art in the digital world. Is art that’s created and shared digitally essentially different from more traditional forms of creation? How can we use new technologies to push the boundaries of art as we know it? Our generation is one of the first that can truly call ourselves digital natives. We grew up with the Internet, and the ever-increasing infusion of little glowing screens into our lives is undeniable, so what does this mean for the future of the art world?

Have anything you’d like to contribute to this conversation? Email me at lustberg@bc.edu and I’ll incorporate your thoughts into the article (giving you full credit for your ideas, of course). Are there any art events you know of happening in Boston that relate to this topic? We’d love to hear about them!

Stay tuned!

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