white background with red outline of flowers and lettering that says Turkey Earthquake Relief

Students voted on four of the best designs that will be featured.

Beginning printmaking students are working to design, print, and sell T-shirts and posters to raise money for victims of the recent 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Turkey/Syria.

Pedro Barbeito, assistant professor of art and director of the Experimental Printmaking Institute, says each of his students designed a T-shirt, and the class voted on the top four designs (two for Turkey, two for Syria). His printmaking classes did a similar project in 2022 and raised $2,000 for Ukraine.

Printmaking students Kaitlyn Hilley ‘23, Emily Mackin ‘24, and Kusum Subedi ’26 say they’re energized by the opportunity to contribute to this meaningful cause by integrating our passion for community engagement and the artistic process. 

white background with green hands holding stars and the words Uplift Syria

This design will be featured on T-shirts and posters.

“As student artists, we want our work to demonstrate the role that art can have in highlighting social justice issues and taking action to address them,” the students say. “Our hope with this project is to make the Lafayette community aware and engaged with the ongoing, international impacts from these disasters.”

Want to get a shirt or poster? There will be a limited run of 80 shirts and 40 posters made; these will be sold 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 24 in Farinon. Buy a T-shirt for $20, a poster for $15 (or both for $30).

Funds will go toward the Turkey and Syria Earthquake Fundraiser, organized by the International Student Association. Barbeito hopes to raise $2,000 through this effort.

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