Ready, Set, Task

Boise State students and community members came together and tapped into their creative side this past first Thursday for Boise’s first Task party held at the Creative Access Arts Center. Students of Art 351 collaborated with the Idaho Art Educators Association to provide art supplies, organization skills and volunteers for the event. “Task Master” Ritta Nielson, vice president of the Idaho Art Education Association, said she felt the event was successful thanks to cooperation from the students and the
community.

“I am amazed at how many people came. I was speculating there’d be maybe 50 to 75 through the whole night, but I think there was an excess of a few hundred,” Nielson said. “I’m surprised. I shouldn’t be surprised though because the people who understood what Task’s potential was spoke to other people. The thing is this is a co-creation and it wasn’t just one thing done by one person. It took all of us working independently and together to make all of this noise about being a creative
human being.”

Participants did not have to have a strong art background in order to participate. Children, students and adult community members selected unknown tasks from the “Task Fuel” station and were encouraged to interpret the task as they saw fit. Tasks varied from creating two-dimensional art to performance art. Art 351 student Jenny Hoak, senior art education major, helped some participants with their performance task of putting on a wedding ceremony. Hoak and the other participants created the wedding attire, decorations and performed the ceremony. Hoak volunteered to be the bride.

“It was interesting,” Hoak said. “I thought they (the participants) did a good job of making it a full-out ordeal and being as creative as possible with the idea. It seemed like people were intrigued by watching the event transpire.”

Participants were also welcome to just create if the inspiration struck them. Ashley Hubbard, junior social work major, said she decided to take the opportunity to create something meaningful for her boyfriend, who is fighting a fire in McCall.

“He’s constantly underneath the stars and up in the mountains so I figured I’d give him something with stars on it saying I miss him,” Hubbard said while she worked on her star-covered heart.

Hubbard said she was glad she came, even though she didn’t know what to expect, and said she hopes Task Boise will take place again.

Hoak said she was pleased with how the event turned out and she would enjoy helping to make Task Boise
happen again.

“I thought it was a lot of fun,” Hoak said. “I thought that people were open minded and willing to get involved and see what it was about so that was great. I had a blast. I have been fortunate to have been a part of the planning and setting up so I had an idea of what to expect but even I have been pleasantly surprised. I would love to do it again.”

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Alx Stickel

Alx Stickel is the Chief Copy Editor at The Arbiter. Stickel studies journalism and sociology at Boise State. She is a lover of reading, running and shooting photos of those willing to be her guinea pigs. Follow her on twitter @alxstickel.