RCHUMS 334 - Special Topics in the Humanities
Section: 001 Community Empowerment Through the Arts: an Introduction to Theory and Practice
Term: FA 2010
Subject: RC Humanities (RCHUMS)
Department: LSA Residential College
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
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How does art affect social justice? Community-based art, or art "of, by, and for the people" has emerged in the past twenty years as a genre that has rocked the fields of both art and activism by calling into question traditional notions of "community," "participation," "spectatorship," and "leadership." This course meets with SW799.006 and offers undergraduate and graduate students a collaborative learning experience with Residential College faculty, School of Social Work faculty, community artists and community members from local agencies serving distressed families and youth. Students will have the unique opportunity to experience community-based art in action through hands-on work — once a week — with one of five exemplary projects in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Detroit. As a supplement to these internships students will meet once a week to explore how this genre effects personal, community, and societal transformation through self-reflection, creative response, and the examination of innovators like Augusto Boal, Anna Deveare-Smith, and Grace-Lee Boggs. Some internship meeting times are flexible, while others are not. Please contact the course coordinator, Deb Gordon-Gurfinkel dmgordon@umich.edu for more information on internships and their scheduled meetings. Please note that there is a mandatory four-hour retreat the second Saturday after classes start.

RCHUMS 334 - Special Topics in the Humanities
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001 (SEM)
W 3:00PM - 5:00PM
004 (SEM)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
005 (SEM)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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