The University of Pittsburgh AIDemocracy chapter hosted the “Be2021 Art Exhibition/Global Issue Discussion” on November 11 at the Frick Fine Art’s Building. The event featured over 20 art pieces, 6 speakers, and countless grilled cheese sandwiches. The participating artists and speakers were drawn from the student body, campus organizations, local advocacy groups, and Pitt faculty to answer the question “Where should we be in 10 years?”.
The event was part of Americans for Informed Democracy’s Be2021 campaign, which challenges young people to envision the world we want to live in by the year 2021, on the twentieth anniversary of 9/11, and identify concrete steps we can take towards making that vision a reality.
The event, which drew over 100 guests, was the second event hosted by AID Pitt, a brand new chapter founded 9 months ago. The organization used Be2021 as a tool to increase awareness of the various opportunities that students have to get involved in advocacy at the University of Pittsburgh. Viveka Mandava, a sophomore AID Pitt member who was heavily involved in the planning of be2021 had this to say, “We chose to do an art exhibition because it was our way of showing how there are different ways to envision a better future and make it a reality. We wanted our event to embody what we’re trying to accomplish at AID Pitt, that we take more than one approach to solving problems.”
Despite the size and complexity of the event, AID Pitt says that it came together with relative ease due to the group cooperation. Alec Davis, a sophomore AID Pitt member who helped with the event’s marketing, said “Planning the event helped us come together as a team and develop our own dynamic. We’re still a new group, so we’re looking forward to doing more in the future.”