History and Mission: In January 2005, the former Blaffer Student Association (BSA) was founded with the goal to increase student participation in the museum community, enabling students to enrich their educational experience and the museum to reach an important audience.
Now, the new Blaffer Art Museum Student Association (BAMSA) builds a creative community open to students across disciplines that sparks students’ quest for knowledge and pursuit of artistic endeavors. BAMSA’s mission is to generate and establish resume-worthy events, opportunities, and experience through active engagement in the Blaffer Art Museum. For instance, University of Houston students plan key museum programs for students. The centerpiece of BAMSA programming is the semi-annual Red Block Bash, a cross-disciplinary arts celebration featuring student performances (music of all genres, poetry readings, etc.) and art-making that draws participation from student organizations across campus. New offerings include the UH Biannual Art Show and BAMSA Speaks: Panel on Careers in the Arts.
What BAMSA Gives and Gains
BAMSA welcomes university students from all academic disciplines who share a passion for the arts and are interested in meeting like-minded peers. Officers lead the group, and members assist and participate in BAMSA events. Both groups receive e-news blasts to keep them in the loop about upcoming events. To join, contact bamsa.uh.gmail.com.