Arts for Communities

The Arts for Communities minor prepares students of various backgrounds and disciplines to use creative tools to make a difference in a variety of communities and settings.

Students will study artistic and performative strategies, teaching methods, community building, and facilitation methods through course work, and will engage in an off-campus internship with an arts, educational, or community service organization in New York City.

Students who complete Arts for Communities minor will:

  • plan, create or perform original pieces of art, dance and theatre that explore social justice themes and issues relevant to particular communities.
  • demonstrate knowledge of performance techniques, methods and strategies (such as forum theatre, invisible theatre, street performance, story circles, ethnodrama) as they relate to community-based performance projects
  • demonstrate an understanding of theory and history of art, dance and theatre as they apply to positive social change (Brecht, Boal, Theatre of the Oppressed, ethnodrama, community-based performance, process drama) and are evidenced by plays, historical texts, and community archives
  • conduct a needs analysis to assess the appropriateness of potential New York City art, dance and theatre sites and community organizations for partnerships, programs and performances.


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