The Community of Art Students brings DAAP students together outside of the classroom


Art is often viewed as a fun hobby for individuals to express their creativity. Yet, for some students, it’s so much more. At the University of Cincinnati (UC), the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP) is the place for students to pursue their artistic passion through higher education, and eventually into a career. A few years ago, five students involved in DAAP came together to discuss their frustrations about the art programs at UC, and formed the Community of Art Students (CAS) club. The now-fifth-year fine arts students – Kaelin Beckner, Darion Hassertt, Arlyn Hester, Quincy Collins and Cole Sparks – have all had frustrations revolving around the lack of student voice in UC art programs and not having enough accommodations for art students during their first year in DAAP.