Published April 28, 2016.
Millersville has always thrived on artistic passion.
This is why Nicole Lookfong decided to harness the creativity and make it into a club that is welcome to students of all majors. And thus, the Creative and Expressive Arts Club (CEAC) was made.
The club does various kinds of activities, ranging from meditation to sharing songs with each other, to just creating beautiful works of art. “Last week we showed each other’s favorite songs, collage work, fine portraits, where I did my friends inner goddess–powerful positive female women within each of ourselves,” Lookfong said.
The activities are very based on what the members of the club want to do, Lookfong said.
“The club encourages all input from all its members on what the club activities are and where they want to see the club go. We took a vote on our next activities and we will be creative and expressive acts individually via painting, origami, collage, writing, and or playing music the if members choose we will share what we created to one another at the end,” Lookfong said. “We can create a larger difference when people know we genuinely care about what they say and want to do.”
The Creative and Expressive Arts Club also takes part in a lot of volunteer activities. Right now, they are collecting clothes for homeless people and are coordinating courses of action to take alongside the Milgram House. “Our club is constantly about having a positive high social interest the community on and off campus,” Lookfong said.
While some clubs have limitations on who can take part, CEAC does not discriminate. “We love to see a diverse group of people in the club because there are so many creative people spread throughout the majors,” said Secretary Maria Furci.
Furci also mentioned that they started this club because they wanted to showcase the creativity on campus in a way that can be stress relieving and can make a difference.
“People may hear the word ‘art’ and think that only means drawing and painting but it can extend to music, collages, origami, writing, and so much more,” Furci said. “Art can be expanded into many different categories that you might not think of. From our observations we didn’t notice another club with the same idea as ours.”
Art and volunteerism; this club aims to help. Greystone Manor Therapeutic Riding Center, the United Church of Christ and Four Diamonds are some of the intended volunteer opportunities that CEAC plans on doing.
The Creative and Expressive Arts Club may sound like it’s centered towards those who have artistic talent, but Furci says this isn’t the case. “The really cool thing about this club is that you don’t have to be an artist to join. It expands to all types of people and styles of art. It is very inviting club, where people can feel close to one another,” Furci said.
“I enjoy having a place that I can go to and express myself creatively,” Furci said. “It is really hard to find time in the week to have a solid hour dedicated to the artistic side of myself.” For many college students, that time is hard to find.
Fridays are when the Creative and Expressive Arts Club hold their meetings. The meeting place is in Room 100 at Byerly, from 2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.