Alyssa Albright

I am a junior at Indiana University studying media advertising. I work on campus at IU and I am a member of Campus Outreach, a Christian ministry.



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A Night Among The Stars

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Starry Night is a music and arts festival held at Purdue University each September. Campus house is a local church that also owns Greyhouse, a coffee shop in town. They hold this event each year as a way to involve community and university in a creative endeavor. The whole concept of this free event is to get the community together. Over the coarse of 12 hrs two streets in town are shut down and open the doors to vendors, food trucks, bands, and hands on activities. Campus houses goal is to get you connected with friends and others you may not know yet. They have interactive activities such as painting, henna, the conversation couch, and photo booths.


The Gathering Table

The Gathering Table is a seasonal box available to order for hosting a dinner party. Recent college graduate, Emily Wehner, launched her business earlier this year and it is booming. She found a way for those who don’t know how to host a dinner to do so in an easy way by including recipes, invitations, center pieces, and napkins in a simple box.


Evening With Stars

Starry Night is a music and arts festival held at Purdue University each September. Campus house is a local church that also owns Greyhouse, a coffee shop in town. They hold this event each year as a way to involve community and university in a creative endeavor. The whole concept of this free event is to get the community together. Over the coarse of 12 hrs two streets in town are shut down and open the doors to vendors, food trucks, bands, and hands on activities. Campus houses goal is to get you connected with friends and others you may not know yet. They have interactive activities such as painting, henna, the conversation couch, and photo booths.

I took to the streets on Saturday morning and watched as the Starry Night staff began setup. These photos don’t even capture the months of planning this one night took but I got a glimpse into the day of. Staff and volunteers were running around for hours setting up craft tables with paint and markers, building the red tents for the vendors, and ultimately hanging the lights.

Greyhouse is the local coffee shop that leads the charge of hosting The Starry Night Festival in West Lafayette. I got to chat with Amy Bennett, a volunteer and Purdue student who says, “Starry Night is an arts and music festival put on by my church, campus house. What started as something small on the corner of the street has turned into something so much bigger, bringing in and inviting the community to experience art, hospitality, and the gospel even if they don’t know it. This is the 15th year of the event and it just keeps growing every year!”

The conversation couch is one of my favorite aspects of the festival. This is also one of my favorite photographs of the night. The idea is to get strangers to sit on the couch together and spin the “conversation wheel.” The different topics create connections and personal conversations that build community among strangers. Its very cool to see strangers sitting together and talking about what “home” means to them. Some of the questions included, “What makes you feel most at home?” “What life experience has changed you?” and “What are you most passionate about?” Can you image where a conversation could lead to if you just asked a stranger a question like that?

A few friends are experiencing Starry Night for the first time on the side of vendors and not just students. As they set up their table “ Wove and Seed” it’s decorated with plants and books as they sell succulents for the night. Angela Roberts talk about their first time booth experience saying, “Im so excited, we both love Starry so its fun to sell our stuff at it this year! I hope people like it and buy some plants!” 

One very unique and caring aspect of Starry Night is that each year they pick a cause to intentionally support. They partner with a nonprofit that seeks to better the city and its people. This year they are supporting Habitat for Humanity in their mission to help alleviate poverty by building affordable homes for people in need.

The main draw for the festival and for me, is the concert. This year they had several bands playing at different ends of the streets. This photograph is the main singer of Shiny Penny, who is the opening act. They played a fun variety of songs starting with acoustic, then leaning towards rock, and they finished with an techno song, it was a really good set.

One of the most creative tents I saw was of two ladies melting and shaping glass. They each had torches and were making animals and other items out of a colored rod of glass. I stood there for a while and watched as this woman in the photograph made a purple unicorn with fire and utensils. I have never seen anything like this at a festival and their tent was very popular and entertaining.

The main concert act at Starry Night this year is Andrew Ripp. He is a very talented song writer and singer from Nashville TN. I got to stand decently close for a portion of the concert and eventually I moved to the side and then almost behind the stage. These are by far by favorite photographs and the most fun ones to shoot.

Starry Night does a great job of starting conversation and thoughts on life, fellowship, community, and centered this year around questions about “home.” The last photo is of a woman adding her card to wall of names, locations, and feelings on the question, “What is home?” Hands on activities like this, is just another way that this evening brings people together.

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