UofSC shares 'The Art of Healthy Living'
By Thom Harman, firstname.lastname@example.org, 803-777-7705
Thousands of people interested in art and culture will gather May 10-12 in Greenville for Artisphere, a nationally recognized fine arts festival. For the third consecutive year, the University of South Carolina will have quite a presence there as well.
South Carolina — the state’s leader in health science education and research — is sponsoring The Art of Healthy Living, a fun, educational and interactive exhibit in the heart of the sprawling downtown festival.
“For this year’s Artisphere exhibit, we’ve taken a broader view of what healthy living is,” says Katherine Dyke, an integrated communications strategist in South Carolina’s Office of Communications and Public Affairs. “We’re featuring everything from EMT demonstrations to an herb-planting station, from an art station for kids to a physical activity area, to encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to lead healthier — and more creative — lifestyles.”
Kids of all ages who visit the exhibit can learn about the university’s wide array of programs related to healthy living, which range from traditional pathways, such as nursing, medicine, pharmacy, social work and public health, to disciplines that contribute to good health, including technology and the arts.
From CPR training with our medical school students to showing kids actual human body parts, I learned a lot and was able to teach important skills and knowledge to hundreds of people.
Taylor Wright, '19
The Art of Healthy Living has been a big hit the past two years. “There was a steady flow of people ranging from locals to out-of-towners. They enjoyed both the art on display and the interactive science stations,” says Jason Padaetz, who volunteered last year during his graduation weekend and is returning this year as an alumnus with an art studio degree.
“I am volunteering again for the unique opportunity to show my new pieces of work at this well-respected event while representing the very program that allowed me to further develop my craft,” Padaetz says.
Even South Carolina’s 2018-19 student body president, Taylor Wright, jumped at the chance to represent the university in the Upstate. “As a university ambassador and public health major, I was very excited to hear that the university was going to the Upstate to teach more people about our amazing health science programs,” Wright says. “From CPR training with our medical school students to showing kids actual human body parts, I learned a lot and was able to teach important skills and knowledge to hundreds of people.”
Artisphere has grown exponentially since its founding in 2003, and it has become one of the nation’s noted arts festivals. More than 1,100 artists participated in 2018, with nearly 90,000 visitors in attendance.
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