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Art Attack to Return With New Hybrid Format

By Maryland Today Staff

Student Entertainment Events is reimagining the UMD springtime tradition of Art Attack as a weeklong festival highlighted by a nightly variety show, Liv Brady, SEE's concerts director, announced Friday.

Art Attack 2021, running April 26-30, will not have a concert, but will include all types of events, from DIY crafts to game shows, and each night will conclude with an outdoor movie showing and the student variety show competition. Students will be able to perform in the designated category of the night and will have the opportunity to audition in advance for the chance to perform in a Friday showcase.

The hybrid schedule of this new Art Attack will allow students to participate whether they are at home or on campus, and to the level of their comfortability.

Founded in 1983, Art Attack was known for its outdoor carnivallike atmosphere, featuring everything from a petting zoo and henna tattoos to a live concert by a household name. The event’s goal has always been to celebrate the school year and to inspire a sense of pride and unity among UMD students, and that isn’t changing, Brady said.

“To plan Art Attack as we typically do would be irresponsible, considering the risk that large gatherings pose for the spread of COVID-19,” said WHO. “With an ever-changing public health landscape, SEE is incredibly excited about the reimagination of this staple event, and is even more excited to bring it to life in 2021.”

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