Art Matters

School of Consciousness and Transformation MFA 7172 3.00

On the street, and in schools, community centers, town squares and prisons, locally and internationally, artists are partnering with community members to create works of art, whether performed or material, out of the fabric of participants’ lives. Artists in this expanded field often work across cultural, educational or economic difference, developing skills and strategies that extend well beyond the particular training of their individual artistic disciplines.Working from the belief that art has the potential to meaningfully impact the human condition, we will together envision and explore a wide range of potential practices not limited by studio-based approaches to making art. Students will investigate the history and theoretical context of community arts as well as current examples and trends in the field through reading, video viewing, guest artists, discussion, field trips, and hands on experience. Priority to MFA students

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