IDEA institute hosts ‘Off the Canvas’ to encourage student entrepreneurship
Twinkling lights fell over the work of several local artists at Off the Canvas, an event put on by Western’s InterDisciplinary Entrepreneurship in Action Institute Friday, Dec. 1.
The event had drawings, photographs, jewelry and other art on display and artists were there to talk about their work. Many of the artists presenting were Western graduates.
Senior Sydney Miller is the financial manager for IDEA institute.
“We are just a bunch of students who are really passionate about entrepreneurship,” said Miller. “Whatever that means to them special and everyone has their own fashion and is in all different majors, but we all come together to create change in our community and create products and services that help everyone within Bellingham and beyond.”
Senior Surreal Hawthorne displayed and sold her jewelry at Off the Canvas. Hawthorne has participated in other events with the IDEA Institute, but none of the events in the past had such a specific focus, she said.
“I think it’ll be really good because it’s more interactive,” Hawthorne said as the event was beginning.
Not only could students interact with one another to look at art, but they could actually make art as well.
The IDEA Institute set up five crafts, including drawing, jewelry-making and tie-dye for participants to complete. Almost all the attendees created something to take home.
The goal of this event was to raise money and awareness for the program and showcase art, Miller said.
“Western invested in the IDEA Institute to be able to unleash change-makers on the world,” said Art Sherwood, director of IDEA.
Meg Weber, an instructor in the program said students can get a minor through the IDEA institute. It’s a six-quarter minor and over the course of attainment students build entrepreneurial skills. This event was the third quarter of the six and was put on by students as a group project.
“It trains and develops the ability to do really cool, interesting and exciting things,” Weber said.