Nuit Violette: Where Did Art Go?

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Art piece created by the audience, people attending the event. Clay is the medium, molded by the audience hence titled “Untitled” Art is free to the public’s perception

Nuit Violette—believe it or not is a new event that has come to Western University in September 2015 and has returned in time for March 2016. Nuit Violette is an arts show, hosted by Jared Boland and his team of Western Students. Jared Boland created the event just in the last few months of 2015. Jared is a fourth year student who decided it was time he brought his ideas come to life. Jared gathered a group of his friends and started the project Nuit Violette. Nuit Violette is an art show—just like Nuit Blanche, except “Violette” for Western. Students are asked to submit any form of art, such as visual art, performance art, dance, drama, poetry, prose, academic research papers, spoken word performances, monologues, story-telling, musical performances, and so much more.

Jared Boland is a fourth year student at Western University, taking French and Linguistics. He is an orientation strategic plan student assistant at Western University, and is very passionate about the arts. Many universities and colleges have found a hard time keeping specific arts classes running because of the lack of students registered for the course. Just because there is not enough people attending the course, these classes are often wiped out, leaving passionate artists with no option. He is full of new creative ideas and believes that schools should dedicate more time towards showcasing art. Within just months, Jared’s Facebook event page went from just a few people going to over 1600. Jared hopes the event continues annually after he graduates this year.

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