Liberal Arts Festival explores connection between art and culture

Students at Cal U and local high schools attend the annual Liberal Arts Festival.


Jeff Helsel

Delaney Ruth and Meghan Hartley, students at California High School, admire the artwork by Cal U professor Todd Pinkham on display at the annual Liberal Arts Festival, Convocation Center, Oct. 5, 2021.

Cal Times

Cal U students and approximately 200 students from area high schools mingled at the Convocation Center on Oct. 5 during the University’s annual Liberal Arts Festival: A Celebration of Art and Culture.

“We want to expose our Cal U family and the community to the connection between art and culture and how interdisciplinary college should be,” said Dr. Andrea Cencich, an assistant professor of Spanish and event organizer.

Cal U’s liberal arts offerings include programs in art, history and international studies, jurisprudence, languages, political science, sociology, art history, communication studies, English, graphic design, music, philosophy, theater, criminal justice and psychology.

Many of those disciplines were represented at the festival.

Cindy and Cynthia Speer of the fencing and medieval club with children from the Rutledge Institute for Early Childhood Education, Liberal Arts Festival, Oct. 5, 2021. (Jeff Helsel)


“Say cheese!” Students having fun at the “Cultural Photo Booth” (Jeff Helsel)


Princess Obia, a first-year student, looks at artwork on display by Cal U professor Todd Pinkham, Convocation Center, Oct. 5, 2021. (Jeff Helsel)


Cal U students Chelsea Howard and Matt Reiss learn the art of Japanese Kanji writing from instructor Yoko Bove, Oct. 5, 2021. (Jeff Helsel)


Gavas Beat Latin Band performing in the Cal U Convocation Center during the annual Liberal Arts festival, Oct. 5, 2021. (Jeff Helsel)


Luke Gerben Kaspar, a fine arts major, works on a painting at the Liberal Arts Festival, Oct. 5, 2021 (Jeff Helsel)


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