UMB Arts Survey Update
By: Anthony Herrera
I previously wrote a brief short about incorporating arts in a STEM education (cleverly acronymized as STEAM) last month. I included a short survey to gauge the level of interest among UMB Graduate School students. Of the handful of responses that I received, all respondents agreed that arts can be an important part of STEM education, with a small minority strongly agreeing. The second question was asked to see what sorts of artistic talents or interests our fellow students had. Answers were all over the place and ranged from visual arts like painting and drawing, creative writing, music and film, performing arts like dance, and cooking. It’s really eye-opening that the few respondents had really diverse interests.
For those graduate students in a School of Medicine (SOM) program or lab, the SOM’s student arts group, Creative HeArts (Facebook, Instagram), is open to accept submissions from SOM graduate students for their publications. They occasionally have student workshops, in which they will also accept participants from students affiliated with School of Medicine programs or labs. Please note that their request for SOM-affiliated individuals is due to the fact that they are a small, student-run group and they don’t have the resources to accommodate a large influx of students. I am not sure if there are similar groups for students at the other UMB schools, but please feel free to let everyone know if there are and if they’re willing to take in graduate students.
Maybe at some point, there will be enough graduate students to form our own arts collective. Or maybe there are enough students across campus to support the creation of a university-wide arts group. We’re not like other graduate schools on other colleges and universities that have arts and humanities departments on-campus. Those of us that look to fulfill our desire for artistic expression are basically left to fend for ourselves. Hopefully, as more of us find each other, that search will get a little easier.