Humanities Faculty Group Art and Social Practice

Lee Walton (faculty group leader), Sunny Spillane, Barbara Campbell Thomas, Adam Carlin, Leah Sobsey

This Andrew W. Mellon foundation funding reflects a deep and invested commitment to integrate and centralize the humanities into our courses. The reason to integrate undergraduate research skills development (RSD) and Course Based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs) is help students’ reach their full potential as educated citizens with the ability to organize and act creatively with agency, empathy, and humanity.

Five faculty members from the Visual and Performing Arts and School of Art are developing new integrative humanity-based learning opportunities for students in 8 different courses. These courses each have unique interdisciplinary and socially-engaged components that bridge research with the local community and the world around us. Courses in this proposal range Art for Social Change, Social Practice, Community Arts, and Digital Publications to Photojournalism, Documentary Photography and Life Drawing. The implementation of the humanities- based project experiences will help students develop critical research skills, methods of action, an understanding of context, and the ability to reflect and evaluate data. Furthermore, as part of the learning process, each project, publication, performance, public event, and exhibition will be documented for future presentation and reflection.