Public Humanities Courses - Fall 2016

In the Fall 2016, the Center for Public Humanities will offer the following courses.   More information and registration here.

AMST 1510 / Museum Collecting and Collections / Ron Potvin / T,Th 2:30-3:50 / J Walter Wilson 301

This course will explore and examine the methods, practices, and theory of collections management in a museum setting including collections development, museum registration methods, cataloging, collections care, and interpretation. Through readings, discussion, workshops, site visits, and exhibitions, students will explore what it means to be physically and intellectually responsible for museum objects. This course places heavy emphasis on experiential learning and will include several project-based assignments. 

NEW - AMST 2580* / Managing and Evaluating Arts and Culture Institutions / Marc Vogl / W 3:00-5:30

Cultural and arts organizations are re-assessing why they exist, who they serve and how they should be structured and supported to do their best work. This course explores how current and emerging field leaders, practicing artists and educators; trustees and donors, philanthropists and public officials answer these questions. Students will investigate how a particular institution is adapting (or not) to new conditions. Students will formulate responses to real world dilemmas from the perspective of Executive Directors, program officers, practicing artists, educators, and community members.

NEW - AMST 2590* / Creativity, Community and Controversy in Cultural Policy / Marc Vogl / T 4:00-6:30

The art of making good policy lies in making tough choices between competing options to maximize public good. Governments perceive the arts/arts-education as amenities and slash their budgets. However, creative placemaking initiatives, the expansion of the creative economy, the rise of design thinking suggest new ways for policy makers to constructively resolve apparent dilemmas to advance arts policy goals. The course explores public policies that stimulate the arts; how arts advocates make their case to public officials; the benefits of the arts to the communities; and how policy makers in many sectors in the US and internationally leverage/exploit, arts-based solutions.

AMST 2653* / Public Art: History, Theory, and Practice / Janet Zweig / M 1:30-5:30

The course offers an opportunity for RISD and Brown students to work together to understand the growing interdisciplinary field of public art. We will explore the potential of working in the public realm as artists and/or arts administrators. Topics include: pivotal events and artworks that formed the history of public art from the early 20th century to the present; approaches to site-specificity; ideas of community and audience; current debates around defining the public and public space; temporary vs. permanent work; controversies in public art; memorials, monuments, and antimonuments; case studies; public art administration models, among others.

NEW - AMST 2694* / Decolonizing Public Humanities: Intersectional Approaches to Curatorial Work & Community Organizing / Micah Salkind / T,Th 6:40-8:00

This course will decenter experiences and cultural expectations attendant to whiteness, cis-maleness, able-bodiedness, heterosexuality, and middle/upper-classness in the public humanities, and thereby explore the contemporary problems and possibilities of intersectional approaches in the field. What do contemporary paradigms of “diversity,” “public engagement,” and “cultural organizing” have to teach us about effective and ethical public humanities approaches? Do different, multiply marginalized communities of affinity practice entirely different public humanities? How are cultural interventions changing to accommodate the demands of an increasingly segmented public sphere?

*Graduate Students, Seniors and Juniors

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