Instituted by the Art Department in 1990, this program provides an academic survey of arts and social practices and facilitates embodying the intersection of art, social action, social service, and ritual-filled living. We explore art's powers of both healing and upheaval as it intervenes and interrupts business as usual from within local communities.
Community art, or socially engaged art is an ancient and common art form and life activity with contemporary academic labeling and an increasing number of program offerings. It draws on efforts and theories from other disciplines including, i.e., auto-ethnography, critical pedagogy, politics, environmental studies, psychology, and grass-roots activism. The community artist is one who enters into the lives of others to bear witness to radical acts of dignity, activate creativity, and share in imaginative story-telling. Wheaton's community art program includes an internship that leads students to consider local and global applications of community art principles.
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Community Art Course Catalog