SSK Arts Festival Showcases Community and Diversity

The Shirley Strum Kenny (SSK) Arts Festival has become a staple in the Stony Brook University community, and this year is no exception. Offering both virtual and in-person events to celebrate cultural diversity and the arts, the SSK Festival promises to be a vibrant showcase of artistic expression, community engagement, and cultural diversity.

Throughout the festival, there are opportunities for students, faculty and staff to join in the celebration. Whether you’re a seasoned artist, a budding creative, or simply looking for an opportunity to connect with others, there’s something for everyone at this year’s festival through dance, music, crafts, and art appreciation. 

The opening ceremony took place on April 3 and was filled with engaging activities and insights into the vibrant arts scene on campus. From exploring different art forms to meeting fellow art enthusiasts, attendees had the opportunity to dive deep into the world of creativity. 

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Staller Center Director Alan Inkles spoke at the SSK Arts Festival opening.

Distinguished speakers Alan Inkles, Staller Center director, and students Grace Collins and Oluwatoyin Kupoluyi shared their experiences in the arts industry, providing invaluable insights and inspiration to aspiring artists. The student performance group KBS delighted attendees with one of their dances. 

Some of the highlights of the SSK Festival 2024 include: 

  • The 6th Annual Spirit of Stony Brook Varsity Band Spring Concert on Friday, April 19. This two-hour Vegas-style variety show promises to be the concert event of the year, featuring an electrifying mix of music, school spirit and rock concert lighting. Tickets and information are available at
  • “Brushes of Heritage: Paint Your Culture” event on Monday, April 22. This artistic experience invites you to creatively explore and celebrate your cultural identity through the power of paint. Whether you’re a seasoned artist or just beginning to explore your creative side, this event welcomes everyone to share and appreciate the diverse tapestry of cultures within our community. 
  • The annual Talent Show hosted by the LGBT+ Alliance will take place on April 22 as part of PrideFest. From music to comedy, the Talent Show is a celebration of inclusivity, acceptance and love.

Other exciting workshops and events are happening during the festival. Visit the Shirley Strum Kenny Arts Festival webpage for more on what is being offered and to choose the best way to participate. 

— Rachel Gurevich

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