UVA Traditions: Painting UVA’s Beta Bridge

UVA Traditions: Painting UVA’s Beta Bridge


I think art is a way for
people to express themselves. What’s awesome about art
is that it’s flexible. And it’s not only
one certain thing. It’s a way you can
somewhat escape reality for a little bit. Beta Bridge is a
bridge on a Rugby Road right beside the Beta
Fraternity House. Everyone knows about
it here because it’s a bridge that you paint. And it’s open to anyone. It’s a place for students
to advertise for events, to celebrate their
friends’ birthdays, to lift people up
when it’s a hard time and put positive
messages on there. Anyone can come and join. And anyone can paint. And so if you walk
by, it’s always something new almost every day. You’re actually
coming in contact with your community physically. And it’s different
than social media because someone can just
scroll right through it. Beta Bridge, you
continually walk by it. It’s not something you
can just dodge every day. It’s special in the sense
that you put in the work. You physically
write your message, which means a little bit more
than typing it or posting it anywhere else. It takes another
level of commitment. When someone paints
Beta, they really want to get a message across. [MUSIC PLAYING] I know I have never felt
like it was something I had to earn my right to do. As soon as I stepped on
Grounds my first day, I was welcome to paint Beta. There’s not one specific
thing that belongs on Beta. Everything belongs. Everything is welcome. [MUSIC PLAYING] Beta Bridge looks
different every day. And seeing Beta Bridge
change day to day is also seeing the
experience and what you can do at UVA change day to day. I really think it is
students taking ownership of their experience
at the university and being able to have that
unregulated but positive space to promote whatever
it is that you want. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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