In the Community Practice program, student experience includes important connections between theory and practice through partnerships with community organizations, participation in special projects and events, and the final capstone project. The program strongly encourages collaborative and collective work to build the capacity for community engagement and social change.
Art+Education classes combine a foundation in critical pedagogy and cultural theory with important connections to practice, including experiences teaching in elementary and secondary schools. Students also develop an interdisciplinary, research based art practice through individual and collaborative projects that involve research and critical analysis.
The final capstone project provides an opportunity to design, implement, and document an artistic intervention in public space or to work with a community organization in an effort to enact social transformation. Students explore research strategies, focusing on specific case studies in order to produce a collective intervention.
In the Community
Graduate students in the Art, Education and Community program have the opportunity to work collaboratively with local non-profit organizations that are grounded in activist practices in the Lower East Side. Students also seek out organizations and communities to work with based on their own networks as activists and community organizers.
Every year, students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of events including artist talks, panel conversations, educator visits, workshops, and field trips to art museums and galleries. We invite artists, educators, activists and others doing important socially engaged work to speak with students and share their knowledge.