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FOLK 579 540 Public Arts Liberal Arts: Applied Ethnography and Community-Based Research

Nancy Watterson and Michael Murray
Seminar: Saturday 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Cross-listed with: ENGL 584, HSSC 575
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Museums mural arts mummers on Moyamenssing skateboarding at Love Park Fifty-Second Street vendors The Arts Garage and local arts spaces. These can be seen as places our communities come together to tell themselves about themselves. But who is telling these stories from which vantage points and at what costs and benefits to various communities? We explore how scholarship-at its best and most effective-transcends and transgresses boundaries between academic and public spaces to create a broader arena for intellectual exchange and cross-cultural dialogue. this course thus positions itself at the intersection local arts and public culture and of community studies and applied social science to inspire a dialogue and inquiry. Class-members jointly explore the many ways in which cultural research traditional arts and community studies are brought to public audiences. In particular we will discuss how modern public scholars can work to reconcile the ideas and ideals so often discussed in the academy which practice in the community. Our class will engage in critical assessment of both cultural and programming and civically engaged scholarship with an eye toward developing a more politically aware practice and more collaborative community-sensitive models for action.

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