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COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT THROUGH THE ARTS

RCHUMS 341.001 & AMCULT 311.010

Tuesdays 10:00 am - 12:50 pm
4 Credits

Residential College, East Quad Green Room B423

Instructor
Deb Gordon-Gurfinkel
dmgordon@umich.edu
734-649-3118
RC Office 1801
Office Hours: Wednesdays, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Course Description

How can the expressive arts triage the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and other stressors on children and teens living in systemically under-served communities in Washtenaw County? This Engaged Learning course will focus on how the expressive arts are applied as a healing tool in response to the traumas that may have been experienced by school-age youth, whilst recognizing their resilience and strength. Students are offered opportunities to engage with children and youth through an internship with the community-based program, Telling It. Including travel time, you will need to budget 3-4 hours for your internship. Car pooling and CEAL cars are available.

In class and in community, students will learn how expressive art forms and artists apply their discipline susing racially and culturally respectful and sensitive pedagogies. They will examine the impact of traumatic circumstances and events on the healthy development of the brain and body and their amelioration using age-appropriate methods that are playful, creative and pay attention to healing and social emotional learning.

*Please note: There will be a mandatory training on the second Saturday of the semester

ADVANCED PRACTICE IN COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT THROUGH THE ARTS 

RC HUMS 334.001

Thursday 10:00 am - 12:50 am
4 Credits

Instructors
Deb Gordon-Gurfinkel
dmgordon@umich.edu
734-649-3118
RC Office 1801

Heather Martin
heather@youthartsalliance.org
616-581-4738

Course Description

This course is dedicated to deepening knowledge, practice and leadership techniques in expressive arts modalities serving young people in the community and young people who are incarcerated. Focusing on healing-centered (trauma-informed) practices, direct experience (internship with Telling It or Youth Arts Alliance), workshop curriculum development and facilitation skills. Students are offered opportunities to engage with children and youth in Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor through an internship with the community-based program, Telling It. Including travel time, you will need to budget 3-4 hours per week for your internship. 

Questions Addressed by this Class

  1. What values do you hold around the expressive arts?
  2. How can you apply and articulate the values, ethical standards and principals unique to expressive arts-based engagement with folks in community and carceral settings?
  3. In which ways have historically racist and class biases systematically affected the expressive experiences of BIPOC? The experiences of folks who are neurologically divergent? Differently abled?
  4. What are the artificial constructs that have created communities of difference?
  5. In which ways does being trauma-informed (healing-centered), understanding the implications of Adverse Childhood Experiences and acknowledging community and individual resiliency inform expressive arts practices?
  6. In what ways do we invite empathetic alliances and collaboration in the community?
  7. What are the necessary skills for effective curriculum development and implementation?
  8. How do we build shared leadership?
  9. How do we assess impact and efficacy of program goals?