Student Government President Nate Bronstein is working to revamp the SG’s Arts Council through new hires and new programming.
The council will have a main director and four deputy directors, each representing a different medium of art — performing arts, visual arts, music and writing.
Bronstein said at an Undergraduate Senate meeting two weeks ago that he wanted to improve and restructure the AU arts community because it is often overlooked.
While AU has a wide range of different forms of art on campus, there is no institute to represent or unite them, he said.
“The idea is to have an organization as diverse as our community,” Bronstein said. “We have a thriving arts community with vast resources, but no outlet for its creativity.”
The need for restructuring comes from two specific issues — the need for the arts community to have better, more effective communication and a lack of advocacy for these groups.
The central director will be in charge of overseeing the Council as a whole. The deputy directors will work with each other and the central director to coordinate and combine these positions into one body to represent the arts.
Although none of these director positions have been filled yet, Bronstein has been receiving a “steady stream of applications.”
So far, the positions of central director and deputy for the performing arts have received the most applicants, while the position of deputy for writing has received the least number of applicants.
Interviews will be taking place for the five positions within the next two weeks.
“The most important quality we are looking for in a candidate is that this person ultimately needs to be a champion of the arts community,” Bronstein said. “The candidate needs to have created a network between the different arts mediums.”
One idea among that the Arts Council will implement is an event called “Soapbox in the Mudbox.” This would essentially be an open-mic night for poets, musicians, actors and anyone else who is interested in performing.
The event would be held from 7 - 8 p.m. every Friday in the Mudbox.
“What I would like to do with this event is create a tangible project [for the Arts community] to constantly be working towards,” Bronstein said.