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The Artist in the Community: Civic Engagement and Collaborative Dancemaking

DANC 376
Spring 2021
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: THEA 376
Course Cluster and Certificates: Service Learning

This is a hybrid course in which we will combine theoretical analysis with practical application and project based-work. Students will explore how, in a collaborative community setting, performance and art-making can be used to address local issues, spark community dialogue, and encourage civic participation, and will consider the power dynamics and ethical issues that emerge. This hybrid course includes readings, seminar discussion, and community-engaged research, practice, and reflection. We will begin with an overview of artists who engage directly with communities, places, and environments, and we will explore new means of civic participation. Artists will include (among others): Allison Orr, Pablo Helguera, Ananya Chatterjea, Amie Dowling, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Marty Pottenger, Liz Lerman, John O'Neal, and Free Southern Theater/Junebug Productions.

A module on Forklift Danceworks's community-based practice will coach students in embedded artistic research, interviewing, and collaborative creation. Students will apply their learning by job-shadowing campus employees, with culminating creative projects connected to Forklift's performance project with Physical Plant employees (to take place in Oct. 2021).
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENVS
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CIVI-MN)(DANC-MN)(DANC)(ENVS-MN)(ENVS)(HRAD-MN)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

Last Updated on JUN-22-2024
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