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Creativity and Social Change

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Course DatesWeeksMeeting TimesStatusInstructor(s)CRN
June 22, 2015 - July 03, 20152M-F 8:30A-3:05POpenKali Quinn10725

Course Description

In this course, we will study how art and activism have intersected in contemporary society. Students will study the ways in which artists and community-based art initiatives are effectively addressing a wide array of social issues. Providence is home to a several nationally recognized youth arts programs and students will have an opportunity to learn about these organizations as well as cutting-edge artists and organizations throughout the world. Class activities will include creative writing, performance, story-telling, musical improvisation, and visual art. Students will also explore social issues of concern, and develop an Action Plan that may use various art forms and media.

The only prerequisite for this course is an interest and desire to explore and cultivate one’s own creativity. No proficiency or ability in any art form is required; all students have the ability to develop and express their creativity. Students should come prepared to explore new methods of communication, expression, and problem solving for positive social change. By the end of this course, students will have a strong appreciation for the role art has played in social change and the many ways in which art and activism can combine.

The only prerequisite for this course is an interest and desire to explore and cultivate one’s own creativity. No proficiency or ability in any art form is required and students interested in fields other than art or performances are encouraged to participate.