Transforming Community Through the Arts
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students
Department: Visual and Performing Arts
Course Number: NCAT 3309
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Creative Arts & Healing
Enrollment limited. In this experimental course students answer the question, how can the arts transform communities? In small groups based on interests, students choose a community problem, assess personal/group arts resources, and engage with members of the community to discover solutions through artistic processes such as theater, music, art installations, and multimedia events. Students read cutting-edge theoretical literature and the study the work of innovators in this developing field. They should expect to come away with a portfolio of their original art-based solutions in the form of essays, taped performances, designs, exhibitions, etc. There are two hours of fieldwork weekly over a ten-week period in addition to class meetings. Certificate students must register in person with a certificate registration form signed by the program coordinator. For more information, call 212.229.5567 or email
Course Open to: Degree Students