Artistic creativity is what makes
us indiviually unique. We have all known someone who could
read a textbook and be able to recite word-for-word what they
read.Then, there are the people who try to recall the information
during an exam by remembering the charts or graphics. I am
someone who needs the aid of visuals; my life does not function
HPU is known for “educating for diversity.” Students
come from all 50 U.S. states and more than 100 countries. In
classes, we are exposed to different perspectives from all over
the world. As a transfer student, I can tell you that at my last
university a political science class did not have the same meaning
as it does here, and this difference is simply because of diversity
in the classroom. I have learned more about different cultures
at two summer sessions here, then I did in a year and half at
San Diego State.
Diversity enlarges HPU’s learning environment. But what
about the art? What about the other side of the brain? The left
side of our brain, which governs the rational, right side of
our bodies, grows in our environment, encouraged by intimate
settings and personal attention from our teachers.
How do we stimulate the right side of our brain that rules the
left side our bodies, which govern our emotional and creative
instincts? Currently, there is no art department at HPU. The
seven undergraduate art classes offered are not part of any major
or minor. We have art history classes, but again that is not
a degree offered that we can earn in any kind of applied or fine
If HPU would like to promote a well-rounded education, our campus
should establish an art department. Even now, the art classes
offered aren’t at any of our campuses, they are taken at
the Academy of Art in Honolulu. I looked at all the universities
I could have attended, and I chose HPU because of the small class
sizes, the diversity, and the staff. While other schools on O‘ahu
are lacking in these aspects, they have large art departments.
Art can tell a story; it can help to develop a sense of creativity
and allow students to express themselves. We could have the next
Dorothea Lange or Salvador Dali roaming our campuses, and they
may never know it because they were never given the chance to
pursue a passion in the arts.
Our campus may have artistic potential just waiting to be discovered!