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Project Arts 2021 Student Showcase Reopens the Ruby

Published By Duke Arts
Published on: August 20, 2021

On August 16, the pre-orientation program Project Arts showcased incoming first-year students' work in creative writing, dance, theater, music, and visual arts.

For the first time in a year and a half, the Rubenstein Arts Center reopened to the public to present the Project Arts 2021 Student Showcase on Monday, August 16. Conceived as a way to introduce incoming first-year students interested in the arts to Duke and Durham, Project Arts “empowers students to engage in a variety of artistic mediums that help them express their transition to college.”

Ahead of Duke’s official Orientation Week for the Class of 2025, students moved on campus early to participate in arts and culture activities on campus and in Durham, as well as create arts projects within their preferred mediums. The weeklong experience culminated in the 2021 Student Showcase, which presented participants’ work in creative writing, dance, theater, music, and visual arts.



Sara Heilman and Eli Kline, Program Directors


Performed by: Doga Ozmen, Alan Wang, Polyna Uzun, Melissa Rodriguez, Lewis Zhu, Anya Lawe, and Sophia Urbom

Visual Media

Works by: Elliot Cadence, William David, Eliana Durkee, CJ Nagle, Jacob Whatley, Hollis Epstein, and Kulsoom Rizavi

Creative Writing

Works by: Arielle Curtis, Tyler King, Becky Pahren, Charlotte Haidar, Leah Nickelsburg, Faith Chong, Shelby Tisdale, Amelia Wyatt, Sage Cooley, and Nichole Zhang


Performed by: Lucy Law, William Kenealey, Brendan Sweezy, Gus Gress, Bri’Yon Watts, and Troy Ludwig

Visual Arts

Works by: Makayla Gorski, Carina Lei, Grace Williams, AJ Kochuba, and Haylee Feist


Performed by: Riley Palmgren, Ego Maduafokwa, Anna Hill Meares, and Isabel Schmaltz

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