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Fall 2022


This course explores art and creative democracy through a combination of individual and collaborative research, project development, community engagement, as well as reflection on a variety of related topics and concepts embedded in the course. Recently, an increasing number of artists, curators, critics, and arts administrators have begun to turn their energies toward a new type of participatory social practice art that seeks to bring about positive change within a contemporary society confronted by complex issues and challenges on many fronts. To thrive, democratic societies need citizens to participate in their community for the common good. This participation has many forms and manifestations. Examples of democratic participation include voting, serving in an elected office, volunteering for military service, performing community service, advocating for a cause, or protesting injustice. To understand our role as citizens in a democracy we will research the work of artists who critically or creatively examine ideas and forms of democracy. Through a combination of readings, reflections, research in contemporary art and art history, as well as a class community engagement component this course will familiarize students with the theory and practice of democracy through the emerging field of social practice art and its interdisciplinary, research-based, community-engaged methods.