The earth without art is just 'eh'
The purpose of this exercise is to synthesize and articulate important concepts that we have examined so far related to the arts learning field. The next stage of class will focus on applying these concepts (as you will in your midterm and final).
I use the term “Best Practices” to indicate practices that have emerged in the field that are generally agreed represent critical applications of theory to practice.
What does the literature and the field say about best practices related to each of the areas designated. You will provide 1-‐2 sentences that answer/address the question and/or topic, and provide specific references (using APA citations) from the readings, class discussion, and your own research. Look at this as your opportunity to synthesize your understanding of what we have read and discussed so far, and to assess your learning. You will use this and apply your knowledge of best practices to the development of your arts education plan or your research paper.
Best Practices Rubric
1. I will explore arts education to better understand how the field intersects with my interests in community arts.
2. I will use this class to research adult education in the arts and find exemplar organizations working in this area.
3. I will continue to develop my ideas on how participatory arts can be an answer to declining arts education.
4. I will work to tie what I learn in this class into my research, such as looking at methods for teaching and facilitating creativity.
5. I will further my career search by expanding my knowledge of the arts education field and where I fit within it.
Final Reflection – Reflect on your learning objectives. What did you do to support meeting your objectives? What specific learning moments assisted you? What would you do differently? What do you feel really good about? Summarize your community statement, case study and final research and discuss how you navigated these projects and what you learned.
1. I will delve into all readings and assignments in order to better understand the community arts field.
2. I will establish my position within the community arts field and be able to articulate it.
3. I will use this class to build upon my research, specifically my literature review.
4. I will discover more community arts organizations and add to my list of possible employers.
5. I will participate fully but not dominate the conversation.
I think I partly achieved all of my learning objectives. I say partly because I ended up veering in a different direction than I originally expected. For instance, while I had intended to use the assignments to specifically build up my literature review, I ended up researching tangential material for my interview and term paper. The interview was related to my research as in it was about digital storytelling, but it looked trauma healing instead of creativity. My term paper was also related because it looked at radio and facilitation styles, but it was not in the digital storytelling field and was focused on youth instead of adults. Thus, while these assignments will provide some information for my research, they are not as directly linked as I had originally intended.
This is not say that I feel what I learned from these assignments is not valuable. I greatly enjoyed interviewing Elaine at the Trauma Healing Project and gained an even greater understanding of the impact of digital storytelling. Furthermore, I was able to use this information to help Trauma Healing write a grant that will hopefully build up their digital storytelling series to be more sustainable. And while the term paper was difficult for me because I had to synthesize so much information, in the end, I am grateful for having done so. I have a much clearer understanding of what I’ve learned over since last year and how it all interconnects. This term paper also further clarified my understanding of the community arts field. I kind of wish we didn’t write (or re-wrote) our community arts statement at the end of class. If I were to do that, I would say that I see myself as a community arts organizer who hopes to use storytelling and dialogue in cultural programming for civic engagement. This realization has come from further research into arts-based civic engagement and my practicum experiences. Thus, by the end of the term I was able meet my second learning objective: ”I will establish my position within the community arts field and be able to articulate it.” And I was able to better clarify what kind of job positions I am interested in and add to my list of possible employers.
The last learning objective is always the hardest for me to accomplish because I like to participate in discussion and have a hard time not doing so. I have often forced myself to share less but then I end up feeling less engaged in the process. Thus, this objective continues to be a struggle for me. While this class definitely did have a better balance of voices, I still feel I could have been less of a dominate voice. This is something I want to work on as a facilitator, both for recognizing how to use my voice but also how to help other use theirs. This is why I’m really excited to take a Conflict Resolution class next term on dialogue across difference. I think this will be a great application of interests in arts-based civic dialogue and a way to work on my own participation. Then I can continue my lessons from this class and eventually accomplish my goal of using dialogue and storytelling for civic engagement in cultural programming!
This 15 page case study research should extend a theoretical position articulated in a reading, and utilize an in-depth literature review to explore a question. With instructor approval, students will select a community arts organization, to research that addresses the question: How is theory applied in practice? The analysis should be grounded in one of the articles or approaches we study in class, or from the reference list (in other words, a published scholarly article or book), and provide examples from the program or organization you are analyzing. Students must clearly state a research question related to praxis, which is explored in the paper, and draw upon publications in established journals, books, and reports, as well as interview. It should clearly state why are you are analyzing this CBO, and contextual the organization or program (historically, or within a field of practice – ie, arts-based civic engagement, out of school time, creativity and aging, etc).
The purpose of this paper is to apply theory to practice, by examining the organization Youth Radio within the context of the youth arts, community cultural development and arts-based civic engagement fields. Youth Radio is a media production organization that trains youth in media literacy skills through work-based learning opportunities, but they do so much more than that. They help youth become active agents in the media by not only giving them access to media tools, but also the skills to leverage those tools. This is a process they refer to as converged literacy: the convergence of skills that help youth claim their right to participate in society and act as agents of their own lives. In order for Youth Radio to reach this goal, they have instilled a unique educational framework into their programming known as collegial pedagogy. This is the idea that youth and adults are not treated as teachers and students, but as colleagues with mutual respect and shared responsibility/authority. This paper looks at how Youth Radio uses collegial pedagogy to build trust between adults and youth and how that in turn fosters converged literacy. These methodoligies are described in this paper as a way to demonstrate how trust is integral to the community arts field.
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Students will select, with instructor’s approval, a local community arts organization in which to conduct an interview based on examination of a critical question or topic that has emerged or developed from readings and class discussions. Students will develop interview questions in class and conduct a one-hour interview. The output of this assignment will be a 5 page paper that includes:
- Guiding conceptual or theoretical question
- Rationale/justification and context in the field (references from scholarly articles, etc)
- Summary and description of the interview, highlighting and providing examples that address the central topic
- How the interview has changed how the question is addressed