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Community Arts Curriculum 2012-13

Requirements for the MFA in Community Arts: Year One
Course TitleCourse #credits
Introduction to Community Arts MACA 5500 4
Working with Children and Youth in Community MACA 5525 5
Requirements for the MA in Community Arts: Fall/Spring
Course TitleCourse #credits
Community Arts Residency I MACA 5540 3
Community Arts Residency II MACA 5640 6
Professionalism in Community Arts Practice I MACA 5571 1.5
Professionalism in Community Arts Practice II MACA 5581 1.5
Making Art in Community I MACA 5600 3
Making Art in Community II MACA 5610 3
Social Justice, Arts Based Curriculum Development I MACA 5628 1.5
Social Justice, Arts Based Curriculum Development II MACA 5648 1.5
Year One: Subtotal 30
Requirements for the MA in Community Arts: Year Two
Course TitleCourse #credits
Making Art in Community III MFACA 5700 12-15
Philosophy and Pedagogy (optional) ED 5533 3
Studio Elective (optional) 0-3
Making Art in Community IV MFACA 5710 12-15
MFACA Thesis MFACA 5800 3
Studio Elective (optional) 0-3
Year Two: Subtotal 30-33
Total 63-66

Course Descriptions

Introduction to Community Arts

MACA 5500

4 credits

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Berdan & Krafchek. Offered summer. This collection of seminars and workshops investigates the evolving dynamics of community and the social, cultural, and political factors that define the Baltimore’s 14th City Council District, Collington Square or East Baltimore Communities. This study investigates the role the arts have in articulating the identity of a particular cultural or communal setting. This course focuses on collaborative strategies for generating ideas, selecting a focus, experimenting with media, and creating an exhibition of artwork produced by members of the community. Faculty and guest presenters introduce key ideas and concepts and orchestrate the application of classroom theory and principles (social justice, cultural democracy, and critical pedagogy) to grassroots studies, interviews, and assignments in the community.

Working with Children and Youth in Community

MACA 5525

5 credits

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Hypki, Krafchek, Phillips. Offered summer. MACA students design and implement real community arts projects for children and youth in Baltimore’s 14th City Council District, Collington Square or East Baltimore Communities. Working in teams under the auspices of a host community organization and mentored by professional community artists, students apply classroom lessons to the needs and interests of the community. Students develop theme-based projects and lesson plans that help to lift up the voice of the children and youth, manage an ongoing series of learning experiences that reflect the will of the community, and produce a culminating event that promotes the long-term viability of the arts in the community.

Community Arts Residency I–II

MACA 5540 and MACA 5640

9 credits

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Hypki & Phillips. Offered fall, spring. Students fulfill a 1,700-hour residency as a full-time resident artist working for one or more of community organizations including: arts/cultural organizations (education and community outreach arms of museums, libraries, theaters); faith-based and youth-service organizations (community and youth centers, after-school programs, national membership groups); community associations; and educational institutions. During this residency, students design, implement, or expand arts-based educational programming for children, youth, or adults; create and plan arts-based events in the community; and support the institutional, managerial, and fiscal health of the host organization—providing substantial assistance to the host organization in achieving its goals and mission while gaining invaluable experience in all aspects of community arts work and nonprofit management. Throughout the academic year, students participate in on-campus and online review of their work in community, document findings and outcomes, and receive ongoing supervision and support from the MACA faculty, guest artists, and critics.

Professionalism in Community Arts Practice I and II

MACA 5571 and MACA 5581

3 credits

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Hypki, Krafchek. Offered fall, spring. The fall semester builds on the students’ summer work and covers a wide range of issues and topics connecting a diverse set of interrelated disciplines. Using experiential learning models, case studies, seminars, and hands-on workshops, MACA students develop an advanced set of skills, knowledge, and competencies that support their work in community. Students investigate the principles and practices of community-centered arts projects and programming, including asset-based teaching models for children and youth, curriculum design and implementation, youth leadership training, program evaluation and assessment, community organizing, arts management, participant and volunteer recruitment, fundraising and grant writing. In the spring, students continue to advance their knowledge of and apply the ideals of social justice, cultural democracy, and critical pedagogy to their course studies and ongoing service to community. Students prepare final programming, advocacy, and sustainability funding proposals that outline strategies supporting arts-based programming. Additionally, faculty and guest experts present seminars and workshops that help students prepare for a career in the field. Students prepare of a professional portfolio that includes elements of their work as artists, teachers, and community builders in a form conducive to a successful job search.

Making Art in Community I and II

MACA 5600 and MACA 5610

6 credits

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Mackey, Rosen-Queralt. Offered fall, spring. Addresses the development of community artists as creators and visionaries whose artmaking both informs and enriches their work in community. Students conduct an investigation into community-based art forms, build a portfolio of advanced work that documents their activities and experiences during the full-time residency, participate in group discussions and reviews of their work, and interact with guest artists. Students may pursue any number of traditional or community-based art forms including murals; site-specific, public, or performance pieces; videos; oral histories; special events; and other collaborative ventures. A culminating exhibition showcasing artwork of MACA students is held at each host site or one central locale. These events fulfill the needs and expectations of the community and serve as a key component of each MACA student’s professional portfolio.

Social Justice, Arts-Based Curriculum Development I and II

MACA 5628 and MACA 5648

3 credits

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Yenawine. Offered fall, spring. Introduces MACA students to the liberatory classroom and social justice grounded community-based arts programming. Through discussions, readings, and theory related to on-site residency experiences and teaching responsibilities, students develop the skills, knowledge, and attitudes required of an out-of-school arts programming expert in underserved communities. Students investigate and craft eloquent problems and lesson plans that embody the needs, interests, and ideas of a host community; apply them to their on-site residency work; and evaluate their effectiveness.

Making Art in Community III

MFACA 5700

12-15 Credits

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Mackey, Phillips, Rosen-Queralt, Krafchek. Offered fall. Students enrolled in Making Art in Community III build on the foundation established during the first year of the program. The overarching objective is to connect all aspects of a student’s work in and about community. This includes a body of creative work culminating in a thesis, supported by written and visual research along with the application of professional development skills and knowledge. Community engagement is expected to take place at one or more sites identified by each individual student. Sites may be defined as a particular neighborhood or group(s) of people, organizations, institutions or political/social/civic issues. Through individual and group critiques, studio visits, readings and discussions, students’ work is reviewed in relation to process/content, site/context, self/identity, audience/culture, and the political/social realms. This course offers students a critical/analytical environment to discuss one’s creative endeavors in relation to issues in relational aesthetics, social justice and culture. Each student develops advanced professional and writing skills including research supporting a body of work, an artist statement and resume.

Making Art in Community IV

MFACA 5710

9-12 credits

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Mackey, Phillips, Rosen-Queralt, Krafchek, Offered spring. MFACA students continue to refine their work and develop new endeavors to create a coherent body/collection of ideas for display at a location consistent with the practices and principles of community engagement. This course focuses on the conceptual development and fabrication of work integrated with community art methodologies into a cohesive whole: a nexus of form and content. All aspects of installation, site specificity, community integration and presentation is taken into consideration by MFACA faculty and students.

MFACA Thesis


3 credits

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Mackey, Phillips, Rosen-Queralt, Krafchek, Offered spring. The primary expectation for this course is the presentation of a body of work as part of a thesis exhibition that is grounded in theory and practice. Work is subject to evaluation by the thesis committee and successful completion of an MFA thesis is a requirement for the degree.