MANNRS and CLC Arts & Crafts Festival

Students set up booths at the Arts & Crafts Festival by Delaney Garcia

MANNRS and CLC hosted a joint Arts and Craft Festival to celebrate the creativity of ABAC’s community. For $10, students, faculty, and staff were invited to rent a table and sale their crafts. Some of the items made by students included painted artwork, decorations made from resin, crocheted animals, and homemade jewelry. Staff members also participated in sales, including Dr. Ona who sold Ecuadorian crafts. Dr. Kemerait assisted in selling succulent plants, placed in pots painted by members of the MANNRS club.

Business student Akira Brown was very excited about the return of the festival. Having participated last semester, she saw it as an opportunity to try applying her skills as a future entrepreneur and jump start her craft business. Akira began preparing her work a month before the festival to have enough products and show range in her creativity. “So many people asked for commissions and other places to find my art so they could buy later,” she said as she recalled having to create business cards and social media pages in response to new potential buyers. Akira also felt encouraged by the support of MANNRS supervisors and professors Dr. Ona and Dr. Kemerait.

Following the success of this festival along with the one held during last fall, MANNRS and CLC are hoping to make the festival an event every semester

MANNRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences) is a club that aims to promote the academic and professional advancement of students at ABAC. Though agriculture is a main focus, the club seeks to include all students regardless of major and promote engagement from individuals of all backgrounds. MANNRS provides opportunities for students to learn about networking and build relationships with their peers through fun and engaging activities.

Meetings are every other Tuesday at 6pm. For more information about MANNRS, contact club advisors Dr. Ona at and Dr. Kemerait at

CLC (Cultura LatinX Club) aims to unify the ABAC community through social, cultural, and academic awareness. Though CLC has a main focus on Hispanic Heritage, the club is inclusive of all ethnicities and backgrounds. Members can learn and celebrate the culture with their peers while participating in fun cultural activities and local events, while also learning from important members in the community.

Meetings are every other Thursday at 6pm.

For more information about CLC, contact advisor Dr. Martinez-Franco at

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