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Open Art Night a Success

Ferris public relations students helped local business promote student driven event

by Published: Jan 16, 2013

Artworks: Artworks is located in downtown Big Rapids. Ferris State’s Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) partnered with Artworks to create Open Art Night. Photo By: Eric Trandel | Photographer

Artworks: Artworks is located in down­town Big Rapids. Ferris State’s Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) part­nered with Artworks to cre­ate Open Art Night. Photo By: Eric Trandel | Photographer

Ferris’ Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) col­lab­o­rated with Artworks to cre­ate Open Art Night, a cre­ative and friendly get­away for stressed students.

According to a press release, the stu­dent PRSSA team man­ages the social media accounts for Artworks and pro­motes events to let Ferris stu­dents know what Artworks has to offer.

PRSSA pro­vided pub­lic­ity for the monthly event, help­ing atten­dance increase to forty stu­dents by the sec­ond event in November.

“Open Art Night devel­oped out of a desire to involve the Ferris cam­pus more with Artworks,” Mary Morgan, the event coor­di­na­tor at Artworks, said.

“It’s a chance for Ferris stu­dents to get away from stud­ies, projects and dead­lines and just let the cre­ative juices flow. We don’t have any rules, just an open door and a place to cre­ate,” she said.

The event offers stu­dents access to all of the art sup­plies within the Artworks stu­dio for two hours once a month.

Morgan con­firmed that PRSSA’s involve­ment attrib­uted to the suc­cess of the event, cit­ing their pro­fes­sion­al­ism and inno­v­a­tive drive.

PRSSA President Stephanie Dallman said that work­ing with Artworks was a great oppor­tu­nity for pub­lic rela­tions stu­dents to gain real world expe­ri­ence in their field while help­ing out a small busi­ness in Big Rapids.

“Artworks is doing a great job, and it’s nice to help some­one in the local com­mu­nity,” Dallman said.

Open Art Night will con­tinue through the spring semes­ter on Feb. 12, March 12 and April 9 at the Artworks stu­dio in down­town Big Rapids at 106 N. Michigan Ave. Free admis­sion for first-time guests is avail­able via coupons from the PRSSA.

For more infor­ma­tion about Open Art Night and Artworks, call Morgan at 580‑6271 or visit art​worksin​bi​grapids​.org/​w​p​/​o​p​e​n​-​a​r​t​-​n​i​g​h​t​-​f​o​r​-​f​e​r​r​i​s​-​s​t​u​d​e​n​ts/.