When returning for the Spring 2017 semester, a temporary addition to the campus could be found across from Gordy residence hall: a circle of tall, thin PVC pipes with signs in front of each one. For two hours a day Jan. 9-13, students were invited to experience the interactive art project known as UNITY, wrapping yarn around the pipes pertaining to what makes them who they are, with each pipe representing a different facet of how people typically identify themselves, such as race, gender, sexuality, etc.
With more than 100 participants, Coordinator of Student Programming & Service Meredith Keating said she believes the project has potential to be redone in the future with a different variety of identities to choose from, and that this project could help connect students with similar identities find places where they feel they belong, such as various clubs on campus that work towards bringing people together.
The project originated in Virginia by Vessence Corporation CEO and chief inspiration officer Nancy Belmont in order to combat division created by politically driven conversations. The UNITY Project has taken place in 20 different countries, and Keating believes the big purpose of the project at Reinhardt was to give students,
faculty and staff “the ability to reflect on their complex identity as well as the portions that make up the identities of their colleagues, so you can see how we are similar to others but also how many other aspects of people around us exist that we may not think about everyday.”
Sophomore Reilly Levitt participated
because it sounded intriguing and thought it showed how connected Reinhardt is as a community. “Not only did it bring together those who were creating their life path in the web at the same time, it also brought the school together by showing how similar we all truly are.”
Written by: Jordan Beach.