Storytelling Through Mural Arts

Posted by ACHIEVEability on March 27, 2017

Free Drexel Course for West Philadelphia Residents

Course: ENGL 323
Storytelling Through Mural Arts

With Professor Gabriella Ibieta

Date: April 3rd – June 12th, 2017
Wednesdays from 5:30-8:00PM

Location: 21 South 61st Street, Philadelphia, PA 19139
Von Louhr Residences, Lower Level Community Room

Course Information

Murals tell stories: about neighborhoods and communities, about individuals and their families, and about significant events in our histories. In our course we will research the context of a series of murals in Philadelphia, explore the process of community and artistic collaboration that produced them, and participate in a guided tour. Students will be required to visit several murals and document their experience through photographs and a presentation. Another component of the course will be our own storytelling: students will be asked to interpret the stories the murals tell, to make connections to their personal histories and to tell and write their own stories.

What is a Side-by-Side Course?

Drexel University will be hosting a free side-by-side course for residents of the West Philadelphia Community at ACHIEVEability’s offices. This unique course format brings college students and community residents or organizations together in classes taught by distinguished Drexel faculty. The goal of the courses is to create a mutually respectful learning environment where everyone can learn from each other and benefit from the experiences and perspectives of their classmates. We welcome members of our community to join these classes to learn and to share in this active learning model so we may work together to co-create solutions to social problems. Community members are expected to fulfill all course requirements, including completion of weekly assignments, papers, and exams.

What are the requirements to take this course?

There is no cost to community students and all materials will be provided. There is not an education requirement for participation. Everyone has unique knowledge and experience to contribute to the course. The only requirements are simply registering for the course and making a commitment to attend every class.

How much does the course cost? Can I register for the class now?

There is no cost associated with taking the course. The professor will provide all class readings. You must register for the course by close of business on Friday, March 31st. Register by completing the enrollment request form and submitting it to Yolanda Mack or Ronda Wilson at the Community Services Office. For those who sign up, you will receive a call prior to the start of the Spring Term confirming your registration for the course.

For more information about the class, please call Griffith Ridgway at 215-557-8484 ext. 8826 or send an e-mail to Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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