Sept. 25: Tri-Cities’ hosts culturally diverse Night with the Arts

Night-with-artsRICHLAND, Wash. – Culturally diverse local art, music and food will be showcased during the free, annual Night with the Arts 5:30-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, at Washington State University Tri-Cities, 2710 Crimson Way, Richland.

“Our students come from different socio-economic backgrounds and cultures, so their artwork is also diverse, interesting, enriching and thought-provoking,” said Doug Gast, associate professor of fine arts at WSU Tri-Cities.

Art highlights will include: the Chancellor’s Art Exhibition Series and award; “I am an Artist” K-12 competition; the WSU Tri-Cities Student Art Exhibit and works by local artists.

“We will have painting, photography and mixed medium works of art on display,” Gast said. “It is important for students to display their works of art because it gives them the opportunity to hear different points of view from the community.”

Music performances will include: the popular Northwest group The Spirit Animals; Tri-Cities Big Band; Mad Ruby folk-rock band; Columbia Chorale; Mike Edmondson of the Classical Guitar Society of the Tri-Cities and the WSU Tri-Cities Orchestra Club.

WSU Tri-Cities adjunct faculty Christopher Cree and engineering professor Changki Mo will present an homage to avant-garde composer Iannis Xenakis, with percussion connected to an energy-harvesting device that will light up as Cree plays.

The Urban Poets Society and Blue Amber Belly Dancers will perform. Local vendors will sell food.

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Jeff Dennison, WSU Tri-Cities director of communications, 509-372-7319,
Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities public relations specialist, 509-372-7333,