This fall semester opened with a bang! At FSU Libraries, we welcomed hundreds of students to engage with our resources and help them start the semester strong. Beginning on August 23rd, we hosted the Add-Your-Art Tapestry event where students could stop by either Strozier or Dirac libraries and contribute their own designs to our paper tapestry. More perks from the event included free t-shirts, candy, phone wallets, and stickers for students to enjoy! The week culminated in the installation of the tapestry inside Strozier nearby the new Scholar Support desk. Student Engagement Specialist, Emily McClellan played a great role in getting this wonderful event together. Let’s take a look at what she did!
Starting as an idea from Engagement Assistant Jaidyn Smith, the events were coordinated by McClellan. From the start of the summer, McClellan’s first task was to create the design of the entire tapestry. With help from former Engagement Assistant Ashanti Grace, they were able to create a piece of art open for students to color in images and fill in spaces with their own creative designs.
Once printed and ready, it was time to collaborate with other campus organizations. McClellan reached out to WelcomeFSU—an organization that helps connect new students to FSU resources and introduce them to the campus during the first few weeks of school—and was able to get campus-wide promotion for this event. Through social media and multiple FSU-related websites, the Add-Your-Art Tapestry event received massive amounts of interest from current and new students. In the days nearing the event, McClellan and Alaina Faulkner (the Libraries’ Student Engagement Associate) tended to the nitty-gritty: creating the signage for the events, collaborating with Strozier and Dirac library staff for tables and chairs, purchasing coloring supplies, and creating schedules for the employees that would help run the event.
Through everyone’s hard work, the event was able to launch with a large turnout! Over 100 students engaged with the event over the course of a week and created a dazzling display of creativity and camaraderie. We appreciate all of the work put in by our staff and collaborators that made this event shine! Here are some pictures from the event:
Check out this article written by the FSView for more info on this awesome event!
This blog post was written by Jasmine George, Student Engagement Assistant at FSU Libraries.