Community Arts and the Art of Community
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How do the groups we belong to shape our experience? We’ll turn to Evergreen and the greater Olympia area as case studies in our exploration of a range of ideas and skills from arts organizing, journalism, sociology, and creative nonfiction writing. Program members will attend their choice of several sessions of a local chorus or other music organization, an in-person tabletop gaming group, or a face-to-face book club or community writers’ group. We’ll also participate in and reflect on our own in-class community-making, in part by learning to sing shape-note music and then traveling to the Pacific Northwest Sacred Harp Singing Convention in Portland, Oregon. The college will provide transportation for this field trip.
Program faculty will offer instruction in singing, journalistic interviewing and notetaking strategies, and selected writing techniques. We will explore the history and culture of shape-note music, a uniquely U.S. musical form from the 1800s, and ideas from sociology about groups and community. In our writing, we will emphasize the application of theory to practice, as well as on nonfiction writing approaches that combine participant experience with concepts and ideas. Writing instruction and response will focus on the crafting of clear, accurate, and meaningful communication.
Willingness to listen and learn across significantly different lived experiences will be an essential aspect of our work as we consider the meaning of "community." Program participants also will have abundant opportunity to develop the habits of mind of analytic, creative, and resilient thinkers, observers, and writers.
This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:
education, music, literary arts, journalism
Class Size: 50
Scheduled for: Evening
Located in: Olympia