UArts Week 2020

UArts Week 2020

Sept. 29–Oct. 3, 2020

Though campus is closed this semester, we still want to gather our alumni near and far to celebrate everything that makes us uniquely UArts. 

We’re planning a week of virtual reunions and activities just for you! See our itinerary below, and register for your reunion.

Are you interested in being a reunion volunteer? Contact Tim Popp,, if you want to help us spread the word!

A note for families of current students
For the safety of our community, UArts Weekend 2020 has been canceled.
Save the date for 2021!
Friday, Oct. 1, to Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021

Check out our list of alumni events! All events are free and virtual.

If you’re interested in being a reunion volunteer, email Tim Popp at

Celebrate the ’50s and ’60s! 
Happy hour for alumni who graduated between 1950 and 1969
6–7:30 p.m. EDT

Celebrate the ’70s! 
Happy hour for alumni who graduated between 1970 and 1979
6–7:30 p.m. EDT

Celebrate the ’80s! 
Happy hour for alumni who graduated between 1980 and 1989
6–7:30 p.m. EDT

Celebrate the ’90s!
Happy hour for alumni who graduated between 1990 and 1999
6–7:30 p.m. EDT 

Celebrate the Aughts!
Happy hour for alumni who graduated between 2000 and 2009
6–7:30 p.m. EDT

UArts Family Art Class with Laura Zimmaro
Laura Zimmaro MAT ‘09 (Visual Arts) will show alumni and their families how to make their very own Arty the Unicorn! 
12–1 p.m. EDT

School of Dance Reunion
Hosted by the Class of 1989
UArts dancers of all years are welcome to join this virtual meet-and-greet. 
4–6 p.m. EDT 

Celebrate the 2010s!
Happy hour for alumni who graduated between 2010 and 2020
6:30–8 p.m. EDT

Arty the Unicorn


UArts Family Art Class

Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020
12–1 p.m.

Join elementary art teacher Laura Zimmaro MAT ’09 (Visual Arts) for an all-ages class on how to make an origami Arty the Unicorn! All you need is a square piece of paper and any drawing materials you have on hand, such as markers, crayons or colored pencils. Put your own twist on our beloved mascot!

About the teacher
Laura Zimmaro lives in Medford, New Jersey, with her husband, Gary; their five-year-old daughter Gemma; and one-year-old son Vinny. She graduated from University of the Arts with a BFA in Painting and Drawing, as well as a Master of Art in Teaching Visual Arts. She has spent the past eight years as a professional graphic designer for a large snack food company; you’ll find many of her food packaging designs and logos in your grocer’s freezer.  
After having her second child, Laura searched for a change from the corporate world of art back to teaching. She took a leap of faith on a mid-year, long-term substitute position at Bret Harte Elementary in Cherry Hill. It was a crazy first year of teaching, which changed drastically when everyone switched to virtual learning. She was selected to film two episodes of NJTV’s Learning Live, which was launched during COVID-19 to support virtual learning for all students. Laura posted drawing prompts for her students every day, to keep them creating at home. She went through hundreds of pieces of student work every night, commenting on every single one. She was also asked to be the 2021 artist-in-residence of her school.  
“I always say if I could do anything I wanted, I would make art all day,” Laura says, “and I’m thrilled that I get to do that while helping the next generation express themselves creatively. My favorite part of teaching is showing a student who thinks they can’t do something that they can.”  
You can follow Laura’s Bret Harte Art Class adventures on Instagram @harteartclass