The earth without art is just 'eh'
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.
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.
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
Part I – Theory
- Read – the ADI materials – browse the website
- Define – What is arts-based civic dialogue/engagement
- Apply – What are some ADI projects that are exemplars? What characterizes these projects as ABCE
Part II – Praxis
- Find/identify one local event or project; it can be one that you are participating in already, or that you attend during the week, or one that you are curious about.
- How would you add an ABCE element to it? –Describe goals, outline your project design, and imagine strategies you might incorporate in developing it; who would you include (who needs to be at the table?), what might be some challenges/obstacles? What would be potential benefits?
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As an emerging leader, community arts programmer, activist and arts advocate, my mission is provide a voice to others by facilitating opportunities for creative engagement. I believe in access, participation, grassroots collaboration, sustainability and dialogue. To me, community arts means that the community comes first; art is made by the community; community collaborations are foundational; art is supported by the community; and finally, that art builds community. If a community is one that is connected, then arts can be the catalyst. This is why the arts community is open to all.
A full version of my Community Arts Statement can be found here:
Community Arts Statement