It was a chance meeting that spawned an art club.
Last September, while Wolfson Campus students Parker Florian and Christian Sala waited to meet with English professor Victor Uszerowicz, they struck up a conversation.
That small talk about their majors and personal interests led them to create an arts club at Wolfson Campus.
Multiple Impressions, an organization seeking creatives that want to use their talent to help the community, began recruiting members and holding meetings last October. The club was official vetted by Student Life in January. Florian and Sala serve as co-presidents and Uszerowicz is the advisor.
“The direction that we’ve had for the club has been and always will be that this is a movement—something that transcends through time—and a positive way to help people in every aspect we can,” said Florian, an art therapy major.
The club, which has about 30 members, holds meetings every other Friday at Wolfson Campus in Room 3223 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Multiple Impressions recruits a widen range of talent including artists, musicians, photographers and virtual reality artists. The club’s mission is to gather students who share a common love for art and a passion for giving back to their community, regardless of their medium.
“It’s not really about the skillset. If you are brave enough to come and show us your art, that’s amazing,” Florian said “We want to use different mediums of art—whether it’s music, painting, or even tattoo artists—to contribute to society.”
Multiple Impressions promotes open-mindedness and inclusion. Florian wants students to know that, if they join, their ideas and artistic vision will be valued just as highly as any other member or officer.
“We are not above any club individual or member,” Florian says.
The club plans to collaborate with other clubs and organizations on campus to contribute a positive impact on the Miami Dade College community using art.
One of the projects they have planned is a collaboration with the YES! Club and Generation Action at Wolfson Campus for an event that will take place later this semester. The goal is to spread awareness for women’s rights about the importance of having power over their own bodies and their own life choices.
During the event, Multiple Impressions will be utilizing various forms of art, such as slam poetry and virtual reality drawing that is related to the event’s theme. Specific details for the event are in the process of finalization.
Another project they plan to organize is a collaborative mural project with other organizations at Wolfson Campus. Florian and Sala hope to complete the project before they graduate in Spring of 2020. Sala envisions the mural as “a legacy event” that will ensure the organizations longevity. They encourage students with an interest in the arts to join them in their journey.
“If you like using art, no matter what skill set you have, if you have the passion to give back to the community—if you have that drive—that’s all that matters,” Florian says.
For more information about the organization, call (305) 399-7156 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.