During the month of February, UT students will have a unique opportunity to express themselves in a public fashion.

The Visual Arts Committee (VAC) is sponsoring its second annual poetry stick exhibit in the western second floor of the University Center. Designed as an interactive exhibit for the UT community to enjoy, students will find that the Velcro-based words can be arranged in any manner.

“This event from CPC’s Visual Art Committee is perennially successful,” Meredith Whitfield, senior in political science and Cultural Attractions Committee chair, said. “Last year Central Programming Council gave it an award, and it’s consistently one of their highest-exposure events, and an excellent interactive one to get students in a creative mood for PostSecret, one of VAC’s other big events coming up later this semester. People tend to use the words in interesting ways. I saw the people promoting the blood drive use them to say, ‘Volunteers/we need you/we want blood,’ which was pretty clever.”

The poetry stick exhibit was set up in the UC on Thursday and will continue until the end of February. During the day, those wandering the halls of the UC, looking for food or downtime, can find students, faculty and visitors arranging the words to form different phrases. The UT community will notice that it doesn’t take particular artistic skill to create something worthwhile from the stick poetry.

“I love the way it engages students, the interactive aspect of art,” Leigh Schlactus, senior in English literature and Women’s Coordinating Council chair, said. “I wouldn’t really consider myself an artistic person. As opposed to the pictures hanging on the walls, I think it’s a different side to art that students don’t think about. It’s more modern, updated if you will. It, for a lot of people, breaks down that barrier of what you would consider art, and that especially for VAC as a student group I think that’s more exciting for them reaching more members of the student community and having more of an impact on campus.”

Although an enticing feature of releasing the inner child in us all can be a distraction, it can be a casual way to express inner creativity with minimal mess.

“Some of my friends and I spent almost an hour in the UC playing with it,” Samantha Thiesen, senior in political science, said. “We absolutely bonded over magnet usage. I think it’s fun. It’s a way to release creative energy within the craziness of university life.”

“The way I see it, the UC is the refrigerator of our university,” Schlactus said. “Keeping students cool.”