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The Broad Art Museum holds an annual drawing marathon

The Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University held its annual Drawing Marathon on September 21 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The event was organized by the MSU Broad Art Museum, the MSU Department of Art, Art History and Design and the City of East Lansing.

Michigan State University Associated Students (ASMSU) worked with city staff to organize a community paint-in event in the 400-block alley in downtown East Lansing to help beautify the walls surrounding the recently installed mental health awareness murals, according to a press rrelease.

The non-stop drawing event featured a number of stations allowing students and community members to come and draw whatever they wanted for as long as they wanted.

“It’s just silly and fun. You can draw anything,” said second-year studio art student Phoenix Poole. “It’s not like a class situation where you can only draw one particular thing.”

Poole attended the marathon to get points for the class, but ended up staying to draw for two hours.

“It was awesome. I did everything I had to do and I’m still here. I just draw for fun now,” Poole said.

Drawing stations included places to work alone or get help from an instructor. Models posing live and in costume were also on hand for inspiration. Some students stood and worked on easels while others sat on benches or on the floor.

“It’s not super structured, so it’s pretty easy even if you’re not very good at it,” said Ana Wingle, a sophomore in clothing and textiles. “You can just come sit and have fun with it.”

Wingle attended the event last year with friends and returned this year with friend Lyman Briggs, freshman Isabelle Chan.

Being a STEM major, Chan said the event benefited her as it gave her a break from her studies.

“I think it’s really appealing to me and, also, it’s really relaxing,” Chan said. “Just to take my mind off the scientific world.”

Ahead of the event, Wendy Sylvester-Rowan, arts programming and placemaking specialist at East Lansing, said in a statement that the event is part of the city’s efforts to continue collaborations with MSU partners and promote businesses in downtown East Lansing.

“I think it’s just a big event and it brings together all the different people from different aspects of studio art,” Poole said.

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