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Let’s Gogh #Subculture arts event set for Nov. 18

Rolando Torres views a print during last year’s #Subculture: Urban Art Experience. The exhibit, held at the Brownsville Arts and Musicians building on East Adams Street, featured a silk screening and linoleum print workshop.
Rolando Torres views a print during last year’s #Subculture: Urban Art Experience. The exhibit, held at the Brownsville Arts and Musicians building on East Adams Street, featured a silk screening and linoleum print workshop. The Rider File Photo

The university’s Public Relations department will host a variety of artistic workshops at the third annual UTRGV #Subculture: Feel the Beat that will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 18 in downtown Brownsville.

The event will take place on East Adams and 12th streets. Its goal is for UTRGV and local artists to showcase their work and interact with the public through workshops and tabling events. The Public Relations department is collaborating with The Kraken Lounge, Brownsville’s Main Street District and the Brownsville International Film Festival. The event is expected to have more than 300 participants. Last year, 230 people attended. The department has been preparing since early September.

The first 250 people who complete the five workshops will receive a free T-shirt.

Attendees can participate in workshops for printmaking, music, virtual reality and dance. Humans of UTRGV will also conduct an educational workshop that will discuss the purpose of subculture.

“Some students, along with a professor, [are] going to be helping out at the music [workshop],” said Mariana Garza, a Marketing and Communications assistant who is helping organize the event.

More than 40 volunteers and several faculty will help with the workshops, including Daniel Hunter-Holly, an associate professor in the School of Music.

Garza told The Rider workshop participants will produce music using poetry and visual art as inspiration.

She said they hope to have students or a student organization give the dance workshop, where participants will learn a quick 10-to-20-second choreography.

UTRGV students will also present the printmaking workshop. Noel Palmenez, a part-time art lecturer, and art Professor Reynaldo Santiago will assist.

The virtual reality workshop will consist of showing places throughout the city, including the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art.

UTRGV Radio representatives will provide music and games, while the Graduate College will have an information table. Food and other vendors will be there. The public will also be able to talk to local artists and musicians.

“We are expecting students, the community, everyone who would just like to experience the downtown area, the general subculture of Brownsville,” Garza said.

Admission is free.

For more information, contact Garza at mariana.garzaestrada01@utrgv.edu, Public Relations Director Jennifer McGehee-Valdez at jennifer.mcgehee@utrgv.edu or visit the event’s official Facebook page at UTRGV #subculture: Feel the Beat.

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