Even though the COVID-19 pandemic has changed a lot about their academic journey, Wayne Community College’s students have continued to make art and music.
This year’s Winter Fine Arts Festival will feature artwork from Spring 2020, which under normal conditions would have been the focus of a show last May, and Fall 2020 classes plus videos of the college’s first-ever virtual choir performances.
The public is invited to view the art and recorded performances 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Thursday, Nov. 30-Dec. 3, and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4. The displays will be set up in the Atrium of the Wayne Learning Center on the college’s campus in Goldsboro.
“Despite incredible odds, my students were able to rise to the challenges of creating beautiful work. We all felt that even in the chaos, art will still thrive,” said WCC Art Instructor Angie Waller. “I feel that my students have been able to support this statement and so much more. I am very proud of them.”
Recorded music performances by WCC students, faculty, community members, and Wayne County Public Schools students will be shown on monitors periodically on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 3 and 4.
In addition to solo performances, there will be a virtual choir performance of Pinkzebra’s “Fly Away Home” featuring students in the college’ fall music appreciation class and faculty and a virtual performance by music appreciation students in collaboration with public schools students, WCC faculty, and community members of “Stand by Me” by Ben E. King, Jerry Leiber, and Mike Stoller.
Randi Chalfant, the college’s music instructor, said that the virtual choir performance songs were chosen for their meaning during this time when many are separated by necessity and looking forward to a time when they can be together again.
All visitors to the WCC campus must go through the college’s COVID-19 screening process, wear face coverings, and practice social distancing.
For more information about this event, contact Ms. Waller at 919-739-6843 or [email protected].