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Fund ASMSU Arts and Exhibits

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ASMSU Arts and Exhibits features contemporary art and ideas to educate and challenge MSU students and the community through exhibitions, lectures, and workshops in the visual arts. Arts and Exhibits provides an essential resource for College of Arts and Architecture students. The Exit Gallery is the only space on campus in which students can exhibit their artwork in a professional setting, an experience that is an essential part of an arts education. The ability for a student to hold a solo exhibition is akin to an engineering student taking on a major internship. The Exit Gallery is also a vital resource for students who have completed projects funded through USP grants. It remains the only appropriate and accessible space on campus for USP students to exhibit the results of their research.  Without the Exit Gallery, MSU students will have a more difficult time starting their careers as we will have lost the only space in which to hold professional level exhibitions.  

Arts and Exhibits has supported greater student learning through workshops and hosting the work of local professional artists. These opportunities are important networking events and deserve the continued fiscal support of ASMSU.

The programming of Arts and Exhibits benefits the greater campus community by providing accessible cultural events designed to further engage students. The Exit Gallery, Upheaval, workshops, and other programming provided by Arts and Exhibits are not utilized exclusively by students in the College of Arts and Architecture. We ask that the ASMSU Senate take this into consideration as they review the Arts and Exhibits budget.

Furthermore, ASMSU invested over $50,000 of student fee money in the Exit Gallery just under three years ago. This renovation had wide support from students and was essential in making the Exit Gallery the space it is today. Defunding the Exit Gallery would be a waste of those funds and an insult to the students who supported the expansion of the gallery.

For the reasons listed above, we ask the ASMSU Senate to please continue to support Arts and Exhibits at the MSU Exit Gallery.

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