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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students
Department: Humanities
Course Number: NPUB 3000
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Art History, Theory & Criticism
  • Urban Studies
  • Civic Engagement
Public art is all around us—in the subways, in the parks, on the street. What purposes does it serve? What values does it reflect? What effects does it have on our communities, identities, and memories? This intensive course requires students to follow two parallel tracks: One track introduces the history, theories, and debates that influence the creation of public art today; the other track, developed in partnership with the New York Council for the Humanities (NYCH), trains students to promote civic engagement by facilitating conversations about issues raised by public art. The course integrates traditional academic research and writing with field-based work, which students conduct either independently or in groups. Students are expected to travel within New York City to visit designated public artworks in person and to observe at least one community conversation organized by the NYCH.
Course Open to: Degree Students