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Reimagining Leadership: Art and Social Change

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Course DatesLengthMeeting TimesStatusFormatInstructor(s)CRN
June 21, 2021 - July 21, 20216/21 - 7/214 WeeksOnlineWaitlistedOnlineSage Morgan-Hubbard
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Course Description

Do you enjoy making meaningful art, being creative, and being part of an engaged and caring community? This course will provide an opportunity for students to cultivate a creative practice; to engage in dialogue about the potential for art to be a catalyst for social change, and to build a critical toolbox of resources and experiences to strengthen individual and collaborative art-making. Experienced and novice art makers, musicians, dancers, poets, and multimedia creators will find new ways to channel their creative energies into an Action Plan with community impact. Through a contemporary and historical lens, students will explore the relationship between the self and the collective to better understand the collaborative relationship between the “artist” and the “audience.” Students will leave this course prepared to continue developing a socially-conscious creative practice in their community.

Students will explore critical questions facing practitioners, thought leaders, and community members about what justice means and how activism has played a part in various creative and artistic movements? How can art contribute to change-oriented spaces and advocacy work? What is the social responsibility of an artist? Students taking this course can expect to participate in daily creative workshops, reading and writing assignments, and in-class discussions to develop and strengthen their voice as activists and artists/creative practitioners.

Because students will be coming to this course from diverse backgrounds with a variety of experiences and learning goals, our class will establish individual and group learning objectives. Technical and theoretical foundations from this course could be applied to personal interests, college-level scholarship in the arts, a pre-professional artistic career, arts education in schools and prisons, or in grassroots community activist spaces. Students will create original movement/dance, performance/theatre, poetry/creative writing/spoken word, sound/music, and image/visual art/film activist pieces in preparation for their Action Plan proposal at the end of the course.

This course is open to experienced artists and those with little experience in the arts. Students will have space to focus on their existing work/interests as artists-activists and/or to expand their practice by exploring a broad range of creative and social justice practices. While experience in the arts is not required, a willingness to take risks and engage with the group is expected.

As a result of completing this course, students will be able to create original movement/dance, performance/theatre, poetry/creative writing/spoken word, sound/music, and image/visual art/film activist pieces in preparation for their Action Plan proposal at the end of the course.

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This course is part of the Leadership Institute Online, a four-week academic program that helps students cultivate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes associated with effective and socially responsible leadership. This unique program consists of two core elements: academic content based on the course of one's choosing and leadership content common to all courses, including the development of an Action Plan.

Enrollment in this program requires participation in one-hour synchronous or "live" sessions every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30am Eastern Standard Time (EST) - 12:30pm (EST). Other than participation in these two weekly synchronous or "live" sessions, participation in the course may be completed daily, at any time.

Additional programmatic information may be found here.

Prerequisites: This course is open to experienced artists and those with little experience in the arts. Students will have space to focus on their existing work/interests as artists-activists and/or to expand their practice by exploring a broad range of creative and social justice practices. While experience in the arts is not required, a willingness to take risks and engage with the group is expected.

Course Information

  • Course Code: CEAC0930

Program Information

Leadership Institute

Brown's Pre-College Program focused on developing socially responsible leaders and creating positive change. For students completing grades 9-12 by June 2021.

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