Beaux Arts Ball 2018
The Beaux Arts Ball is a tradition that began at Carnegie Mellon University in 1914. It is normally a large costume party that invites students to mingle, dance, and enjoy themselves. It was organized to take place every two to four years but the last Ball to occur at CMU was in 2006. With this twelve year hiatus, students within the College of Fine Arts have taken on the responsibility of resurfacing the event. The 2018 Beaux Arts Ball Committee includes Kianna Gonzalez, Selena Zhen, Alex Chen, Andrew Edwards, and Aydan Hensley. Outside of the committee, we have received significant support from other students and faculty that have also contributed to our progress.
At a university like Carnegie Mellon, academic obligations can overwhelm many students. Within the College of Fine Arts, we often find ourselves so submerged in our work that we miss opportunities to truly admire our college, honor our progress, and celebrate our creativity. Our programs are extremely unique and it is unfortunate that so little communication occurs between the schools. We hope that this event acts as a catalyst that brings our students together to remind them of our strength as creative community at Carnegie Mellon University.
The committee is planning to host this event in October 2018 around Halloween. As for the ball's theme, we have selected the title Memento Mori and will be reflecting the spirit of the season. We don't want to spoil too much but we are very excited for people to come (in costume) and see for themselves.
Our goal of raising $5,000 is a key tool that we need to start preparing for this event. The money donated here will play an important role in funding our plans to decorate our space and create a unique experience. We want to reimagine our everyday spaces in the College of Fine Arts Building and create an entirely new environment for the night. In order to pull off this transformation, we have several plans for decorations and lighting that need this financial support. We want to match the creative energy of our college and of all the guests that come in costume, and without decorations, this event will lack the flare and excitement that has preceded us in other Beaux Arts Balls. With your donation to this event we will be able to bring this long awaited event to the College of Fine Arts with the effort it deserves. We appreciate your support!