Students, area artists showcase work at #Subculture

BROWNSVILLE — The corner of Adams Street and 12th Street was feeling the beat of students showcasing their artwork Saturday at UTRGV’s annual #Subculture event.

The subculture event started a few years ago in Brownsville for UTRGV students as well as local artists and musicians to show the community what they can do.

“We’re very proud of (#Subculture). We basically started it just as an idea, and little by little we started adding more workshops and more stations where people can get information about UTRGV,” said Mariana Garza Estrada, UTRGV marketing and communications assistant. “They can also learn some cool things that we offer here in Brownsville and in the Valley.”

Estrada said more than 300 people attended last year’s event.

“This collaboration is great since we are the local university here. It’s really important that we support (local artists) and vice versa,” Estrada said.

One of the attractions of #Subculture was Unsung Heroes of UTRGV. Unsung Heroes is a series at the university that spotlights people or employees that don’t get enough recognition.

“We see students getting scholarships and being featured, and professors getting awarded, and it’s nice to see the other workers at UTRGV get some type of recognition,” said Steven Masso, UTRGV news and internal communication student writer.

Some people mentioned by Unsung Heroes include a dispatcher, a groundskeeper and a shuttle bus driver.

Masso and Veronica Gaona, student assistant photographer at news and internal communication, were at #Subculture to promote the series and receive any suggestions from the community to spotlight anyone else.

“We’re part of the community, so if we collaborate with everyone else then the whole community becomes a better place,” Gaona said.