Hope everybody’s thanksgiving breaks were great (I know I’m a little late). Anyways, I figured I would dedicate this post to the reasons why I live at ArtStreet. I have no intention of simply stating all the cool things that ArtStreet has to offer and expect you to miraculously decide that ArtStreet is for you. Instead I want to focus on the real reasons that make this place pop. That being said, lets dive into this.
Ok, now take a second and think of ArtStreet..
What did you see? A few houses, the café, awesome cement ledges that are totally perfect for skateboarding, some blue cylinder looking structures? Yeah, we have that. However, there’s a lot more then just a trendy looking area in the south student neighborhood. In fact, the real thing that makes ArtStreet special can’t be seen, it’s not tangible. It’s an energy that flows in and out of the community that resides here and is derived from what ArtStreet represents. Kinda like the Tree of Ewa in Avatar.
See, this is a place where creativity and self-expression flourish. Encouraged, but not enforced, the dynamics behind ArtStreet are instilled in the residents and faculty each day they continue to live, work, and create here. When I was 17, I took a tour of UD and can honestly say that ArtStreet was the main component that resulted in my attendance as a Flyer. My freshman year I lived in Founders Hall (shout out to 2 south!!). My sophomore year I was in Marianist Hall and when the time came to apply for Junior year housing, ArtStreet was the only choice for me. I waited two years to fill out that application and I think it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
In August of 2012, I moved in and didn’t really know what to expect. Although I knew quite a bit about ArtStreet from working at Street Sounds Recording Studio, I soon realized that the concept of actually living there was actually foreign to me. I think before I was a resident, I saw ArtStreet as a just a place, not a home. Well now that outlook is gone and I see ArtStreet as something much bigger than what I ever thought it could be.
For me, ArtStreet is a representation of progression, community, and of course art. It represents more than students at the University of Dayton. In fact, ArtStreet is global. Yeah I said it, GLOBAL. No matter where you may come from, you can picture an ArtStreet if you really think about it. Maybe it’s the local coffee shop in your city that offers great service and dope lattes, or your high school drama club, or a concert hall in Mumbai, India that provides free music lessons for children who have an interest in creating sound but can’t afford it. ArtStreet represents that.
The opportunities that come with your residence here are also amazing. For example, this January, the ArtStreet family will be going to Nashville to see what really makes the city tick and learn about the rich history of music that lives there for just 85 dollars, pretty cool. The best part about it is the fact that you don’t even have to be “artistic” in the sense that you may think. I’m a communication and history major, my roommates’ degrees will read: computer engineering, industrial engineering, marketing and finance, and visual arts. Down the street we have a house full of engineering majors, and across the sidewalk there is a whole slew of students with other diverse majors and minors that add to the ArtStreet gene pool.
I love it here. ArtStreet is a part of me. I’ve made so many amazing friends and continue to sculpt the person that I am into a well-rounded individual with a greater appreciation for creativity and good vibrations. We’re all a little off track and a little different in our own ways. We are a community that has evolved into a family. We have fun and we progress. ArtStreet is who we are and we are ArtStreet. I guess the purpose of me writing this is to foster a little curiosity in whoever may read it. If you already live here, then you know what I’m talking about. If your a freshman, sophomore, or a junior please think about applying to live here. Step out of the norm and challenge yourself. Take advantage of everything that this university has to offer and who knows, maybe you’ll begin to notice the other ArtStreets that live in this world…
ArtStreet recruitment video: http://youtu.be/-_dl-6jPhB0