Are you ready for the challenge?

ArtStreet presents The Global Challenge

This spring semester, experience ArtStreet through a fully immersed artistic interrogation of what it means to be a truly Global Campus. Turn community into an action with University of Dayton students, staff and faculty as we hope to unify the vocabulary, the perspectives, and the possibilities for a 21st century university.

With the goal that the ever expanding global world no longer is something distant and non-affecting but rather all about YOU and YOUR own place as future leaders, ArtStreet challenges you to break international and intercultural barriers so that YOU can make your voice heard in the new Global Conversation.

1World Celebration

Friday April 191World Celebration
7-11 p.m. ArtStreet Amphitheatre (Rainsite: McGinnis Center)
Intercultural Walk to 1World begins from Caldwell Apartments at 7 p.m.
1 night. 1 world. 1 campus. A culminating celebration of ArtStreet's semester-long Global Challenge that looks to champion the worldly embrace of the 21st century University of Dayton through diverse parade, food, fashion, music and performance. The event is free and open to the public. 

UPDATE: Due to the weather, 1World Celebration will be held inside the McGinnis Center (next to ArtStreet). The intercultural walk will go on as originally planned. 

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Musical performances, presented in collaboration with Cityfolk, will feature sounds from around the world: Michael Bashaw and Puzzle of Light (jazz/world music), Son del Caribe (salsa), Seefari (reggae), and Michael Kotur (blues).

"This is a celebration of the campus, a celebration of everyone who makes up the diverse student body and administration," said Brian LaDuca, director of ArtStreet. "Not every university can match the unique global structure the University of Dayton has, and we want to celebrate the student from China and the student from Detroit, the fraternity brother and the non-Greek student who are all living and experiencing this 21st century campus."

The celebration will kick off with the "Intercultural Walk to 1World" through the south student neighborhood to engage and lead the student population to ArtStreet where they will be greeted by the awe-inspiring Cityfolk-produced musical performances. The evening will continue with a one-of-a-kind Greek Crash — a large-scale Greek Life step-and-stroll through the ArtStreet grounds.

An outdoor fashion show, "Culture Couture: A Fashion Runway," will showcase the stories of both domestic and international students as they model both traditional and current trends that reflect their own cultural backgrounds. Student DJs will battle each other through World Sounds and Global Beats at either end of the runway throughout this one-of-a-kind fashion exploration.

Reintroducing topics from workshops held throughout the semester, interactive booths will line the ArtStreet plaza with henna art, traditional Chinese brush painting, and tastes of food from around the world including Middle Eastern, Latino and the Great American Diner Breakfast. Interspersed moments of musical storytelling will feature some of the University's most popular student artists, such as Dave Zup and the 2013 Battle of the Bands winner, Lauren Eylise, in an unplugged setting.

The evening will end with a global release of nearly 100 Thai paper lanterns into the Dayton sky with a student-created poem celebrating the unique global diversity of the University of Dayton.

Wednesday Workshops

These weekly hands-on workshops, taught by students, faculty, staff and visiting artists, will immerse participants in an intercommunity experience specifically celebrating diversity through the culinary arts, visual arts and fashion. Learn more about Wednesday Workshops >>

Friday Film Series

The Spring 2013 ArtStreet Friday Film Series will focus on this Global Challenge, inviting faculty and campus partners to build a series that explores the current social perspective on international, intercultural, and communal engagement in the 21st century. Films will be screened weekly at 8 p.m. with refreshments, guest hosts and brief post-film discussions. Learn more about the Friday Film Series >>

Studio D Gallery

Come challenge your current and historical perspective of the UD and Dayton community through the eyes and minds of local artists Joel Whitaker and Jud Yalkut, graduating fine arts students and the history of Orpheus (UD's student art and literary magazine). View complete gallery schedule >>

The Creative Culture Exchange

Through the classic salon format of discussion and debate, Dayton and the UD campus come together to exchange creative thought on the current challenges we face as the competition for artistic expression and audiences continues to rise. Hosted by Brian LaDuca, ArtStreet Director. 

Why create cross-cultural experiences?

Tuesday February 26, 7 p.m. ArtStreet Studio B
with RoNita Hawes Saunders and Ed Valles, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and Kathleen Alter and Jean Howat Berry, Cityfolk
Join two of Dayton's leading arts organizations as they outline the successes, challenges and failures of producing diverse art and promoting cross-cultural experiences in today’s 21st century world.

Why don't you go to the theater?

Tuesday March 12, 7 p.m. ArtStreet Studio C (Please note change in date)
Brian LaDuca (ArtStreet Director) moderates the conversation with David Brush (former executive director of Encore Theater Company), Kevin Moore (producing artistic director of Human Race Theatre Company) and artistic leaders from the New York Theatre Barn and Bailiwick Chicago Theatre Company (via Skype) as they look to identify the social and cultural shifts of the new generation of theatergoers, if only to see IF there is a new generation of theatergoers. 
UPDATE: Due to last minute casting issues, FUGITIVE SONGS will not be performed.

Where is the poetry?

Tuesday April 2, 7 p.m. ArtStreet Studio C
in conjunction with the University of Dayton’s LitFest
Posing the question, "Where is the poetry?" join Albino Carrillo (professor, Department of English), Jonterri Gadson (Herbert W. Martin Creative Writing Fellow), Herbert Martin (professor emeritus), Thomas Morgan (assistant professor, Department of English) and poets from Sinclair Community College as they challenge the current voice and soul of Dayton's poetry and creative writing. Be part of a salon that will look deep into the cultural effect of Dayton's place in contemporary poetry.

ArtStreet Experience Course

During the Spring 2013 semester, ArtStreet Residents will be presented a 1World Menu of topical Global Challenges that look to question their current roles as citizens in the ever-expanding UD community. This menu will list options of study for each house that centers on international, intercultural, and communal engagement with the goal of creating a ‘melting pot’ of universal study. Using art as a catalyst for discussion and presentation centered on each house 1World Menu selection, the ArtStreet family will experience and reflect on each other educated journey through this diverse world they are learning in.