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RCHUMS 341.001 Empowering Community Through the Arts

An Introduction to Theory and Practice

Wednesday 2:00-5:00pm (Gordon-Gurfinkel) (HU)

Course Description

How can the arts affect change in communities? This Engaged Learning course challenges the understanding of what it means to be empowered and how to be an agent of empowerment. The class fosters students’ ability to apply the arts as a catalyst for change in issues of social justice, including as an educational tool in response to the impact of racism and classism on equal access to educational resources for children and youth in the United States.

Students will develop the capacity to collaborate and partner with community members in order to formulate expressive arts activities through exposure to engaged-learning practices in this class and at their weekly community-based internship. Students will choose to intern in Ypsilanti or Ann Arbor at one of the exemplary arts and social justice organizations that partner with this class.

This course offers students a collaborative learning experience with the Residential College and School of Education faculty, community artists and community members from local agencies that serve families and youth. Students explore how this genre affects personal, community, and societal transformation through self-reflection, creative response, and the written and recorded work of arts innovators.