HPU Celebrates 90 Years and Kicks off Year of the Arts with Fall Festival

Halli Hogan has an abstract portrait of herself painted by Kate Guy. 
"HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 13, 2014 – High Point University kicked off the Year of the Arts and celebrated its 90th Founders Day with a Fall Festival today.

The event welcomed the community and nearly 40 vendors and food trucks to campus. Artists from the across the Southeast displayed their talents and wares, while activities ranged from a LEGO creation area for kids to live music performances by HPU student groups. A live painting session where guests were instructed how to paint Roberts Hall, the first building to be constructed on campus in 1924, on a canvas was also held.

“I enjoyed bringing the grandchildren to this today,” said Kathy Moore, a resident of High Point who brought her three grandchildren, BJ, Brandon and Makabryn, to the event. “They enjoyed seeing all the different things in each tent, and they loved the jazz music.”

Kay Bevan, owner of Four Paws Pottery and exhibitor at the event, met many new faces while crafting new pottery at her table.

HPU campus was filled with visitors from the community
for the Fall Festival held Sat., Sept. 13, 2014.
“A lot of people have been stopping to talk and ask me about what I make, which has been good,” said Bevan. “The exhibitors were encouraged to practice their craft while we’re here, and I think that was a good idea.”

HPU was founded on Sept. 14, 1924. Today’s celebration of the university’s rich history concludes with a chapel service on campus at 5:30 p.m. delivered by Rev. Manuel Wortman, a 1963 graduate.

The Year of the Arts, funded by a Think Big! Grant from HPU, continues with a celebration throughout the 2014-15 academic year. It is a series of events and activities that will allow varying levels of engagement for everyone. In order to focus the conversation, the Year of the Arts will focus on four big questions that students and speakers will address over the course of the academic year: How is art related to identity? What are the roles of “dangerous” art? How is art a form of commerce? Is this art?

For more information, visit www.highpoint.edu/yearofthearts"

A Press Release

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