With the wide variety of talent present at Texas State, administrators should consider implementing one day each month dedicated to showcasing student artists and musicians around campus.
With a designated art and musician showcase day, Bobcats would be given an opportunity to show off their talents and find potential buyers for commercial works. Students could display their art throughout The Quad while musical acts could be staged in various locations across campus. This monthly showcase could take place on the First Friday of every month, giving students and artists something to look forward to on a regular basis.
This First Friday event could encourage students to show off their talents who may have never had an outlet before. Everyone knows that guy on The Quad who sits outside playing his guitar every now and then, but no one seems to ever actually stop and appreciate him. First Friday would turn that annoying acoustic guitar guy into an actual performer worth stopping and listening to. Motivating students to pursue their talents could be the main focus of the event.
With an “everyone is welcome” mentality, a First Friday event would offer a wider selection of entertainment for Texas State students. San Marcos venues are relatively limited in their selection of music, so if one is not in the mood for bass-fueled house music or melancholy blues, they could have another option. The combination of art and music offers an alternative to binge drinking for Friday night entertainment. It would be refreshing to have one Friday of the month dedicated to supporting fellow students. An event like First Friday would be much more cost effective than hitting the bars.
First Friday would not necessarily have to be limited to campus. If city officials got on board with the idea, students and local artists could display their works in downtown San Marcos to reach a broader audience. Starting the movement on campus is just a stepping-stone to bigger venues.
A First Friday event should be free for anyone who wants to participate, focusing on the display and performance of art. Artists could have the opportunity to provide insight to patrons about their works. They could sell artwork or recordings and could promote future performances or showcases.
An event such as First Friday would bring together the campus as a whole. Right now, it seems as if football is the only event students really care about, and that bothers me. Every week there is some sort of theatrical or musical performance on campus students could attend. Becoming active in campus activities is the best way for students to thrive and survive in college. A showcase of student artistic talent once a month could promote student involvement and artistic achievement. University officials should consider hosting such an event.