Service-Learning in the Arts

Posted by on May 15, 2004

October 29-30, 2004
Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Co-sponsored by:
Upper Midwest Campus Compact Consortium (Iowa, Minnesota & Wisconsin)
American Association for Higher Education
Campus Compact
The Collaboration for the Advancement of College Teaching & Learning
Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA)
Minneapolis College of Art and Design

In tough economic times, the public raises questions about the value of art, its relevance to students, and the role of the arts in civic, political, and multiple cultural arenas. How can art facilitate systemic change or should it be civically engaged at all? How can educators best engage the community and students in cross-disciplinary artistic collaboration? How might creative expression provide a foundation for developing problem-solving abilities for this generation of students? As members of the creative class, artists can address these concerns by demonstrating the power of civically-engaged art.

Whatever your art discipline (photography, visual arts, dance, music, theater, creative writing or interdisciplinary and media art) and experience with service-learning, this workshop will offer you and your colleagues a valuable opportunity to think deeply about civic engagement and the arts, to trade ideas and view model partnerships, and to build or revise a course around service-learning to meet both learning objectives and real community needs.

Featured Facilitators
Susan Agre-Kippenhan, Professor of Graphic Design, is chair of the Art Department at Portland State University. Received an MFA in Visual Communication from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BS in Painting from Skidmore College.

Jill Dawe, Associate Professor of Piano at Augsburg College, is a graduate of Eastman School of Music, and teaches piano, piano pedagogy, chamber music and theory, and performs regularly as a soloist, chamber musician, and in cross-disciplinary collaborations.

William Reichard, program director of HECUA’s City Arts program, an experiential education project that helps students examine the intersection of art and social change. Dr. Reichard is a creative writer whose poetry has been published widely.

All interested artists, faculty, students, administrators, community partners and others are invited to participate in this workshop. Individuals are welcome, but ideally participants will come as part of a team, which might consist of

? two or more faculty members,
? A department chair or university administrator,
? A campus-based service-learning coordinator,
? One or more school or community partners, and/or
? One or more students.

Early bird registration deadline is September 30, 2004; final registration deadline is October 18, 2004.

Workshop costs for registrations received by September 30 2004 (add $20 for
registrations submitted between October 1 and 18):
$95 individual from a Campus Compact member campus, a school, or a community-based organization
$65 member of a team (3 or more people) from a Campus Compact member campus, a school, or a community-based organization
$150 individual from a non-Compact campus
$120 member of a team (3 or more people) from a non-Compact campus

Includes all meals and materials. Information on hotel accommodations in the Twin Cities is available with the registration brochure.

Preconference Site Visit 8:30-12:00, Friday, October 29, 2004: $35
Registrants can visit several art-based community-campus collaborations in the Twin Cities, meet with the partners, artists, and participating students, and see a range of public art produced through these engagements. Cost of $35 includes transportation and materials.

To request registration materials, please contact:
Lori Coutts Fraase
Office Manager
Minnesota Campus Compact

Provide your name, phone number, and mailing address or fax number and a
brochure will be sent to you, or visit our website to get a PDF version of the brochure.

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