How Vincennes University students are providing art and culture to community

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KNOX COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Despite COVID-19, Vincennes University has figured out a way to gather a large group of people as well as spread art and culture.

The performing arts department at Vincennes University is providing art, plays and music through performance ensembles to their community by providing virtual concerts through live-streams.

For students, going from playing in front of people to playing in front of cameras was a different change of pace.

“It would be full of people but its weird cause we’re just on stage and we’re looking into cameras,” said Vincennes University student Jabari Hunter. “Getting use to that aspect is interesting but it’s still fun to like see your hard work pay off.”

Staff found it vital to gather students back together when it was safe, due to how important the arts play in their student lives.

“It didn’t even matter what we were playing. Whether it was concert b-flat tuning note or music, we were happy to be able to play together and be with each other and just communicate because it’s like an extended family,” said Sharon Jackson, chair of Vincennes University Performing Arts Department.

Hunter was excited to be back performing after the uncertainty of last year.

“It was really tough just not knowing that we wouldn’t have that opportunity again but I’m just really grateful that we can do it at least virtually,” said Hunter. “Hopefully next year in person.”

All performers have either a mask or face shield when performing. Students have been great about accepting these new parameters because it allows them to continue their craft.

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