Arts & Community Development
Students in this course will learn the basics of community development and the role arts and culture can play in creating vibrant and engaged communities in which to live, work, and play. They will become familiar with the work of local municipalities, tourism bureaus, community development organizations, private businesses, and individual stakeholders and understand how the arts can partner with these and other entities to support and enhance the social and physical character of a community and build a sense of place. They will also learn how collective efforts can position the arts as a key partner in solving civic and social concerns. Tools, resources, and case studies will be explored as students discuss the economic and social impact of the arts on communities and design solutions to solve community development matters. This course introduces students to fundamental creative community development practices and equips students with heightened creative leadership skills that can be used toward advanced work in this subject area.
Arts and community development is a large and growing field involving a wide range of stakeholders and cross-collaborative partners. Many topics and angles could be covered. For the purposes of this course, topic areas examined will include: creative workforce development; public art; cultural tourism; and cross-sector collaborations in transportation, public safety, and housing.
Skills and knowledge gained through this course will be assessed through readings, class participation, and assignments. Upon the successful conclusion of the course, students will be able to: