The Voices of GGC’s Artists… that’s VoxArtis.

Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC), a four-year liberal arts institution in Lawrenceville, Ga., celebrated yet another year, nay another semester, of enrollment growth and continued enthusiasm throughout the county. VoxArtis, one of the College’s newest registered student organizations, celebrated similar successes during the fall semester.

Creating student-driven programs that celebrate and nurture an appreciation for literary and visual arts is the mission of VoxArtis. Its members demonstrated this commitment by co-sponsoring a six-week series, Readings, Writings, and All that Jazz; organizing and facilitating a poetry workshop entitled Get in the Mood: Dark Poetry for a Dark Season; and by bolstering school spirit through a recruitment effort that created awareness for GGC during the eruption of a flash mob routine in Downtown Lawrenceville at the Fourth Annual Rock’n Rib Fest.

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“I like that VoxArtis allows both students and faculty an additional opportunity by which we may appreciate the arts—not just through a publication, but with activities and workshops,” comments Prose Editor for VoxArtis, Abby Vaughn.

Vaughn, who read and lead discussion on Sylvia Plath’s poem “Mad Girl’s Love Song” at the poetry workshop, was delighted by the thoughtful insight GGC students contributed to the discussion.

“Who knew we could make a poetry workshop so fun?” says Vaughn.

Poetry Editor for VoxArtis, Brandon Hopkins agrees. He also read and facilitated discussion based on the poem by Robert Browning, “Porphyria’s Lover.” Concluding the event, Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” was read by GGC student Peter Klinect with discussion facilitated by GGC Assistant Professor of English Dr. A. Keith Kelly.

Hopkins was not only thrilled by the success of the event, but also appreciates “the opportunity VoxArtis gives students to express their creativity in a peer-oriented and peer-circulated publication.” He suggests that a publication with contributions from peers offers both artistic culture to the College and a perspective that’s more impactful to students than they might alternatively get from a publication containing works by strangers or celebrities.

Kelly, also the faculty advisor for VoxArtis, agrees:

VoxArtis is one of those student-driven endeavors at GGC that truly highlights the liberal arts experience. Not only does the magazine provide students the opportunity to showcase their creative work to their peers, the management and production of VoxArtis allows those involved the chance to experience the challenges and rewards of bringing a real world product to the college community.”

The group has been widely supported by the School of Liberal Arts and especially the English faculty.

“It fits into the College’s mission and the idea of an interdisciplinary aspect,” says Acting Dean for the School of Liberal Arts Dr. John Haydock.

Spring semester plans for VoxArtis include a community outreach effort to offer a writing contest to local high school students. Those selected as winners will have their entries published in the spring issue of the magazine.

“Interacting with the community is really exciting because the School of Science and Technology is going out and helping high school students with their science projects,” says Haydock. “It’s like turning STEM into STEAM—science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. To help the high school students get involved at that level is really important.”  

To learn more about VoxArtis, visit GetInvolved.ggc.edu.


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