You Are My ButtonsTelling someone what they mean to you can be so powerful. A Fine Arts student decided to turn a class project into wearable art and a community-building initiative.

Alyana VersolattoAlyana Versolatto is a third-year student in Arts and Business with a major in Fine Arts, and a specialization in Digital Arts Communication.

Alyana is currently enrolled in FINE 300, which is an open studio course. She started the “You Are My ____” initiative for her second project in this class as a site-specific piece, creating a gallery out of the UWaterloo community wearing buttons on campus.

This button campaign's objective is to foster community and friendship on campus. Participants were encouraged to complete the phrase 'You are my ____' with a person in mind, and then proceed to give the button to that person. 

Alyana’s goal for this piece was to give people the opportunity to tell others what they mean to them and in the process, create a greater sense of community at UWaterloo.

I hope that it got people thinking about how they sometimes take friends and relationships for granted, and I hope it encourages them to show how they care through little deeds now and again. Even on the Facebook group for the event, I felt a sense of community and I'm glad that I achieved that.

Alyana got the word out about the event through social media, and she quickly received positive feedback about the idea. On October 15, Alyana stood in the Student Life Centre and gave out buttons. Buttons were also placed in the Davis Centre and Dana Porter libraries, accompanied by a note with the instructions. The buttons were gone in 10 minutes at both libraries and she re-filled them twice.

Alyana credits her fine arts courses for fostering creative thinking and inspiration. She also believes her marketing skills she put to use for the event were developed in her co-op role as a Marketing Assistant at Velocity.

Check out the "You Are My _____" Twitter account and Facebook page

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