NOTSTOCK offers students hands-on art experience
NOTSTOCK, MSU’s annual hands-on arts festival, kicks off its 11th consecutive year next week. It begins on Wednesday, Oct. 4, and continues through Saturday, Oct 7. It is a celebration of the arts — theater, music, English, and broadcasting — where attendees watch demonstrations and participate in workshops. The event is free and open to the public and is a great opportunity for people of all ages to learn about the arts and try something new.
Sarah Aleshire, assistant professor of English and coordinator of WordStock, says the event is her favorite time of the semester, and it is a great way for students of the arts to see people making a living in that world.
“I always look at NOTSTOCK as a great chance for us to take what we do in the classroom and translate it into a hands-on, real world experience,” Aleshire said.
There will be a variety of artists at the event performing and holding workshops. Special guests in attendance include screen printers Ryan Duggan and Elizabeth Kovach, ceramicist Guillermo Guardia, the Screaming Females, improv artist Chris Stroschein, NDstrong filmmakers, and Oompa, the 2017 Women of the World Poetry Slam champion.
Laurie Geller, vice president for academic affairs at MSU and a co-founder of NOTSTOCK, said the event is open to all students and the greater community.
“You don’t have to be an art student to come to this,” Geller said. “It’s an opportunity to learn something different to get outside of your comfort zone a little bit. You don’t need to be a great artist to make art. It’s a chance to express yourself. It’s a chance to hear about others who are maybe doing something they don’t know about — it’s an educational experience.”
NOTSTOCK is also an opportunity for students and faculty to bring what they learn back into the classroom.
Bill Harbort, a professor in the art department who co-founded NOTSTOCK with Geller, said the event is inspiring.
“Students get inspired by working side by side with our guests, and even after the event ends, there is an energy. There is a willingness for students to aspire for more. I’ve seen it every year. Students get a buzz,” Harbort said.
Some participatory events that will take place include: WordStock Slam in the Dam — a poetry slam that is open to everyone — hosted by special guest Oompa, Tongue Twister contests hosted by the MSU broadcasting program, interactive theater and improv with Stroschein, a filmmaking workshop with NDstrong, and do-it-yourself screen printing.
To learn more about NOTSTOCK and find out more about the guests, see a full list of events and times at msunotstock.blogspot.com.