ASI hopes to bring together Cal Poly artists to showcase their work. | Brenna Swanston/Mustang News

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The Julian A. McPhee University Union’s first floor will transform into an art gallery next Friday for the Associated Students, Inc.’s (ASI) Create and Connect exhibit, which will be honoring Cal Poly student artists and musicians.

Graphic communication senior Haley Brown, who works as ASI’s outreach and student government special events student assistant, said the event will aggregate artists in a social environment.

“There isn’t really a place to showcase student artists outside of the student gallery, so this is a little more in-your-face, bringing it out and making those connections,” Brown said.

The event will include food and live music, and the Craft Center will open up to participants interested in doing their own hands-on crafts.

“It’s a chance for people to come out, meet student artists, see student work and do something creative for themselves,” Brown said.

Kinesiology junior and ASI special event student assistant Delaney Nicholas said the Craft Center will offer canvas squares, mugs and mason jars to decorate, as well as origami art.

Brown said she hopes Create and Connect will blend student artists and their work with the rest of the student body.

“More than anything, we want people to have a good time,” she said. “We’re hoping to bring together different artists throughout the campus to showcase the artistic talent on campus so people feel a little more connected to the work students are putting out.”

Students interested in being featured at Create and Connect can email to submit their work.

Create and Connect will take place Friday, Nov. 21 from 8-11 p.m. The event is free to all students with a Cal Poly ID.

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