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COMMUNITY ART: PRACTICE AND THEORY
Country - Partner Institution - Programs: Netherlands - Utrecht University - 'Utrecht Univ.'
UC Course SubjectArt History
Film and Media Studies
Number & Suffix: 115
Full UC Title: COMMUNITY ART: PRACTICE AND THEORY 
Transcript Title: COMMUNITY ART 
UC QTR Units - Division: 6.0 - Upper Division 
Course Description: This course reflects on the relationship between the arts, society, policy, and criticism through the prism of community arts. Community arts are practices that combine elements of performing arts, visual arts, music, and media in hybrid and often inter medial formats, always with a strong connection to the social context from which these practices emerge. The course explores community arts in all its manifestations and considers the potential of this kind of practice for social and political intervention. Questions that community art and artists pose to institutionalized art and music criticism, arts policy, and scholarly research on the arts are examined. Students are trained in ethnographic and audiovisual methods of gathering and reproducing data for their blog reports. The basis for this community art is a carefully constructed and maintained reciprocal relationship between artists and non-artists, from which original, innovative, and socially relevant art emerges. Community art involves all arts disciplines and can be found in all corners of the world: in immigrant working-class areas, in prisons, rural communities, (former) war zones, etc. In the Netherlands, for example, it is a rapidly expanding field that operates mostly, but not exclusively, outside of the mainstream or avant-garde. Because it challenges traditional notions of (autonomous) art-making, community art reconfigures existing art theory and criticism in an attempt to validate itself both socially and culturally. The course familiarizes students with the diversity of community arts practices around the world and with the wide range of scholarly perspectives on community arts. As small, multilingual research teams, students conduct fieldwork in ongoing community arts projects in Utrecht or elsewhere in the Netherlands, blog their results, and present these to the class each week. 
Language of Instruction: English
 
Partner Title: COMMUNITY ART: PRACTICE AND THEORY 
Partner University Department: Media and Culture Studies 
Partner University Course Number: ME3V15005