After Silhouette hosted our first Creative Collab this past week, seeing the a few of the arts-based organizations come out caused me to reflect on what it means to be a part of Virginia Tech’s creative community. From WUVT to Studio Collective to DCVT, Virginia Tech has a diverse number of organizations promoting art, literature, and performance.
It’s easy to get lost in the shuffle of STEM and sports here, but these organizations manage to get their voices heard through different forms of media. For example, Studio Collective showcases and promotes the work of students in the Architecture and Design school here. Glossolalia, an annual literary festival, is an opportunity for the work of writers to be celebrated and showcased. XYZ Gallery, an art gallery in downtown Blacksburg, hosts art shows and performances alike. Each organization has a distinctive offering and allows students to find their creative niche.
What makes the creative community here so special is that it spans across multiple departments, and includes people from all across the spectrum. It allows people to come together through shared passions, regardless of major.
I don’t know what my experience here at Virginia Tech would have been like up to this point without finding my way to Silhouette. There’s so many incredible opportunities I’ve gotten and so many talented individuals I’ve been able to work with because of it. The creative community here has truly become something special to me. This week’s Creative Collab showed that I’m not alone in that feeling.