Here at Northeastern there are hundreds of great student organizations to get involved in! We want to highlight some organizations that you may not know, so we’re interviewing members of student organizations to learn a little bit about them and what their club is about. Tune in every week for a new post from The Club Chronicle! 

The Club Chronicle Interview #11: Spark

Interview conducted on August 25th 2019

Can you tell me about yourself and your position in Spark? 

My name is Rachel, I’m the Executive Director of Spark. I’m a media arts major concentrating in photography and minoring in art history and I’m a third year.

What is Spark and what does it do on campus? 

Spark is a student-run contemporary art collective. We run exhibitions, events, artist talks, and anything that gets students involved in art on campus. 

What kinds of exhibitions and events have you put on in the past? 

In terms of exhibitions, we’ve recently done a Made In Boston show in our Meserve Hall space and we collaborated with HEAT for a recycled works art show. We’ve been doing paint nights for the past few semesters as well. We also had an artist talk with local artist, Hope Riccardi, last spring and did a tour of the MFA last fall. 

Photo by Rachel Berkowitz of the Spark and HEAT collaborative exhibition, Recycled Artwork, in March 2018. 

What is your favorite event that Spark has put on? 

I really enjoyed the Made in Boston exhibition because we got to pull in a lot of cool work about the city we live in. 

How do advertise these events? 

Most are advertised by word of mouth and on social media. We also try to share events with CAMD staff and professors and we put up posters around campus.  

Where can students find you on social media? 

We’re most active on our Instagram, @sparkneu. We also post all of our events on Facebook @sparkneu, and we have a Twitter which is also @sparkneu. Our website, https://web.northeastern.edu/spark/, will also have information about events and getting involved. It’s being updated right now! 

How can students get involved in Spark? 

We have 3 different teams: the Media Team, the Exhibitions and Events Team, and the Finance Team. We encourage students to apply to those teams here http://bit.ly/2HaJXuU to get involved with us for the Fall!

Photo by Rachel Berkwotiz of the Fall 2018 Spark paint nite event. 

What do those teams do? 

Our Media Team is focused on creating graphics, updating our website, working on our social strategy, and getting the word out there about Spark. They curate our social media content and handle tabling events and things like that. The members of our Exhibitions and Events Team are the ones that plan and curate all of our events and exhibitions. They come up with the ideas, make sure we execute them properly, and really work with the University to put on cool events students are interested in. The Financial Team is focused on the monetary aspects of the club. They are working on how the logistics of how we can put on events and are also working on our Student Art Sales program. 

Do you meet regularly? If so, when? 

Yes, we meet every Thursday from 6:00pm-7:00pm. Every other week we break up by team so we get to important agenda items at every meeting. 

How many students are involved? 

Right now, we are about 20, which is double the amount we were last year. We‘re still expanding and growing, and we’re always looking for more people! 

Photo by Rachel Berkwotiz of the Fall 2018 Spark tour of the MFA. 

How long has Spark been around for? 

It’s been around for at least 4 or 5 years. It’s been here for longer than I’ve been here, I know! 

What’s one thing you wished people knew about Spark?

You don’t have to be an art major or even an artist to join! We take students from all colleges and we love people who aren’t in CAMD because they give us a very unique perspective!

What is your favorite part about being involved in Spark? 

I really love our mission in that we’re working to bring art to the Northeastern community and to people who don’t always have access to it. A lot of times, people think they have to be a practicing artist to appreciate art, but really it’s something we can all be involved in. Art is all around us and you don’t have to be a creator to be involved in that!