Second Annual Fine Arts Fiesta a success

From left, Raquel Valenzuela, Taylor Bassing, and Enrique Carrillo use squirt bottles with paint to add more color onto an already colorful painting during the Fine Arts Fiesta. The event rallied a crowd of Fine Arts majors that enjoyed free food, live music, and games.

From left, Rein Carrasco, Joan Jerez, O’Shawn Estrada, and Jeremy Townsend hangout together and laugh while enjoying free food during the Fine Arts Fiesta. Jeremy Townsend said “The fiesta was pretty nice. I’m really enjoying the music and free snow cones."

Eastern New Mexico University’s College of Fine Arts hosted the second annual Fine Arts Fiesta 4:30-6 p.m. Wednesday at the pergola in the center of the university’s campus.

“The Fiesta gives us a way to celebrate students, and we want to give students the opportunity to connect with other students that share similar interests,” said Dean of Fine Arts Jeff Gentry.

The fiesta included free food and live music provided by the ENMU Music Department, with local businesses donating prizes. The photo op area was particularly popular, as well as games like volleyball, corn hole and canvas painting.

Communications major Johana Poirier said it was a “cool event.”

“The turnout was great for a Wednesday afternoon. I think that they should consider adding more of a variety of games/activities like relay games or something,” she said.

“The Fiesta was a lot of fun. I loved the snow cones, and I was surprised with the turnout, because it’s in the middle of the week,” said Haley Brown, a music major. “The event has improved from last year and the location was better.”

Bryan Hahn, one of the event coordinators said the university encourages every department to do something for student involvement.

“The Fine Arts Fiesta is to help students be social, get together and just have a good relaxing time. We hope to continue to build the Fiesta for further years,” he said.

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