(Sol)art, Vassar’s first fully solar-powered event, to feature live music and art, May 9, 2017

Vassar College will host its first ever fully solar powered event, (Sol)art, on Tuesday, May 9, 5:00-8:00pm, in the greenspace area at 46 Raymond Avenue near the Crafted Kup coffee shop. (Sol)Art will feature an open mic, performances by student bands and DJs, and a showcase of student artwork. The event, which is free and open to the public, will utilize the college's mobile exhibition space, the Collaboratory.

Sponsored by the Creative Arts Across Disciplines (CAAD) program and the Office of Sustainability, (Sol)art celebrates the end of the spring classes and the hard work and creativity of Vassar students.

The evening will kick off at 5:00pm with spoken word and other performance art well as DJ sets from students. The bands fouronefour Spud Cannon, and Townperson B will follow. More information about the bands is below.

“One of the goals of the Collaboratory was to share the work we are doing at Vassar outside the walls of campus,” according to Tom Pacio, Interdisciplinary Arts Coordinator for CAAD. “ I hope that in the future we can travel further and reach more people. Having the flexibility solar power provides makes these efforts much easier.”

(Sol)art will hold the distinction of being the first event hosted by the college to be fully powered by the sun. Thanks to student initiative and the Hudson Valley business SunDog Solar, a solar PV and battery storage system were installed on the Collaboratory in March. Fifteen students helped with the install over the course of a day, learning hands on skills about renewable energy systems.

“The new solar system at the Collaboratory enables creative flexibility for the space,” says Sustainability Coordinator Alistair Hall. “The Collaboratory no longer needs to be bound to locations with accessible external power. The project exemplifies the campus’ approach to sustainability; that creativity and collaboration are the keys to improving and strengthening our community.”

Sustainability intern James Falino '17 concurs. "This event is an innovative way to show off the hard work and collaboration that CAAD and the Office of Sustainability accomplished this semester. In classes and conversation, students often discuss a desire to use the green space on Raymond Avenue. It's exciting that installing solar on the Collaboratory makes this event possible, and that we can showcase student artists and musicians."

About Spud Cannon

Based in Poughkeepsie, NY, Spud Cannon wears fur to the party, brings summertime to the coldest winter day, and makes you move like you haven't before. A sweet ratio of three women to two men keeps it feisty and femme poppin' all set long. Members: Ariana Bowe, Jackson Lewis, Meg Matthews, Sam Sais, and Lucy Horgan.


About fouronefour

Like something out of your awkward teenage years, fouronefour comes at you with angsty vibes and catchy hooks that you are sure to be singing in homeroom. Members: annie innes-gold (guitar, vocals), zech lee (guitar), harry wedel (bass),  and christian lizana (drums).

About Townperson B

Electropop tunes that sound unfamiliar but soothing, like a friendly alien. Townperson B is a trio from differing musical backgrounds with tunes that are fun, catchy, and are sure to have you grooving in some way, shape, or form. Members: Ilana Waite, Dakota Lee, and Jacob Liss.

Vassar College strives to make its events, performances, and facilities accessible to all. Individuals with disabilities requiring special accommodations must contact the Office of Campus Activities at least 48 hours in advance of an event, Mondays-Fridays, at (845) 437-5370. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space/and or assistance may not be available. For detailed information about accessibility to specific campus facilities, search for “campus accessibility information” on the Vassar homepage (

Directions to the Vassar campus, located at 124 Raymond Avenue in Poughkeepsie, NY, are available at

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Wednesday, May 3, 2017

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