This project — with start-up funding from the Knight Foundation — creates a new undergraduate class for students from seven Philadelphia colleges, who will study community-based arts off-campus at The Village of Arts and Humanities in North Philadelphia. Taught by Theresa Rose of Philly Stake, Fringe Arts and formerly of the Mayor’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, the class will bring together college students and high school teens in the Village After School Program, who will take the class together, work together in teams to address issues at the Village and present their findings to the larger Village community at the class’s end.
Roberta Fallon, Director of TheArtblog will organize the project, assisted by Maeve Coudrelle, Donald Hunt, and Susan Stromquist. Theresa Rose will design the curriculum, with input from faculty and students.
Important points about the project:
- The class will be a “classroom without walls” with most of the work done in the community, visiting artists studios and working on the socially ameliorative project.
- 2014 is the planning year.
- The class will begin in Jan., 2015.
- Schools that will participate: University of the Arts, Moore College of Art and Design, Tyler School of Art, University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Saint Joseph’s University and Arcadia University.
- A student advisory committee with 2 students from each school will provide feedback and advise the steering committee from the student point of view.
- It is envisioned that the class size will be 14 college students: 2 students from each participating school and 7 high school teens.
- Students will create video/audio and written documentation of the class and of the art project.
- A free public forum on Social Design took place Oct. 12, 2014 as a part of Design Philadelphia. The forum raised awareness of and questions about art and design and social change. We are organizing a second public forum for March, 2015.
- January, 2015, the class begins.
- In conjunction with the class the project will organize a speakers’ series, in 2015, with lectures open to the students, faculty and the public.
- Students will apply to be in the class and will be interviewed before they are selected.
- For more information check out the Knight Foundation project site.
- Contact Roberta Fallon at firstname.lastname@example.org
- To SUPPORT the ASR project visit theartblog.org/support