Soak up art, culture at PHCC event
NEW PORT RICHEY - Pasco-Hernando Community College will present its 2013 Art & Culture Week starting Tuesday. The event, to be held Tuesday through March 2, will focus on building awareness of cultural experience through activities such as experiential painting, films, lectures and other events. Art & Culture Week will examine and celebrate the arts and cultural influences on modern society. Students, faculty, staff and the community are invited to attend these events, including an "Artists as Peace Makers" panel display, hand-cut silhouette art, clay spinning, cultural diversity panels, community artist festivals and culture days. The goal is to build more awareness of art and culture and to have a good appreciation for them, said Courtney Boettcher, PHCC's marketing coordinator.Nine of the 23 scheduled events will be at PHCC west campus, 10230 Ridge Road. The other events will be at the east campus in Dade City, north campus in Brooksville and the Spring Hill campus. "I think it's a great program, to expose our students to art and culture," said Bob Bade, PHCC's associate dean of student activities and engagement. "We want to prepare our students for when they go out into the workforce. It's become a global workforce. The more you can prepare students for different cultures, the better they'll do later on in future careers. "The art part really opens people's minds up and allows them to think creatively," Bade said. "We are trying to prepare our students to be paradigm shifters in whatever career they decide to go into and they will have to think outside the box a bit. Art has a tendency to open up your mind." About 2,700 people attended Arts & Culture Week when it debuted last year and the college is anticipating more this year, Bade said. He said the offer of free food is always a draw for college students. PHCC's Art & Culture Week events are free and open to the community. Visit www.phcc.edu/artculture for a daily agenda of activities, times and room locations at the campuses or call (877) TRY-PHCC (879-7422) for information. Art & Culture Week is sponsored by the PHCC Student Activities Department.