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Program Syllabus

Winter and Spring, 2003

Eli Sterling (Office: Seminar I 4164; Office Hours: By Appointment; Email: eli@procession.org ; Phone:360.867.6000 x5911)
Peg Tysver (Office: Seminar I 4164; Office Hours: Thursday 1-2, Friday 9-10 CAB 2nd floor and by appointment; tysverm@evergreen.edu; phone: 360.867.6000 x5911)
Jean Eberhardt/The Academic Advisor Connected to Our Program (Office: Library 1601; eberharj@evergreen.edu; phone: 360.867. 5621)

Program Description

The interdisciplinary program Community Development: The Art of Place is designed to give students direct involvement in the development and implementation of a community public art project, creating a sense of place that reflects neighborhood identity. We'll analyze the fundamental tenets guiding community development, and explore the relationship of the artist to community as well as guiding principles for enhancing the capacity for artists to be agents of action and change in communities. We'll put our ideas into practice as we involve and serve the needs of neighborhoods, and we will work in groups to develop our own artistic visions and carry out projects that explore the role of art as an agent for communal cohesiveness, creativity and change.

We will be guided by these overarching program questions: How can we become aware of and curious about and creative with the expression of our own values and ideals about community? How do we engage with others in co-designing art that expresses community identity at the local level? What is the relevance of having a community identity? How effective is art in reflecting and affirming community identity? How does the artist transform social issues and beliefs into art, creating with and for the public? Does the act of making art collaboratively redefine art itself?

We will examine such questions as these through work in art, environmental study, history, and cultural studies. Student projects will be incorporated into the Procession of the Species in Spring Quarter.

We will seminar on a diverse range of texts about public art, community development, and philosophy of the environment. Through seminar you will develop excellent learning skills as readers, writers, and critical thinkers; through 2- and 3-D art workshops we'll build our skills in curiosity and creativity; through collaborative field work researching, designing and creating community mandala murals and collective performance for the Procession, we will bring our learning into a real-world context, giving everyone a direct experience in community organizing in the arts.

Winter Quarter Weekly Schedule
Refer to detailed calendar online for studio, fieldtrip and activity schedule

10:00am-12:00pm Art Workshop Procession Studio
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-4:00pm Open Studio
9:00am-11:00am Academic Workshop Room: LIB 3500
Eli's Room: LIB 2218
Peg's Room: LIB 2219

10:00-12:00pm Lecture and Guest Speakers Room: Lecture Hall 4
1:00-4:00 Seminar/End of Week Program Meeting
Room: LIB 3500

Required Texts

Putnam, Robert D. Bowling Alone

Burnham, Linda The Citizen Artist: 20 Years of Art in the Public Arena
Durland, Steve

Hine, Thomas I Want That

Zinn, Howard Artists in Times of War

Adams and Goldbard Creative Community

Shuman, Michael Going Local

Tempest Williams, Terry Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place

Cisneros, Sandra The House on Mango Street

Key Concepts of the Program

This program's work is designed to help you:
· learn how artists relate community, history and place in creating works of art with a social message.
· develop an understanding of the systems and processes underlying effective community action and change.
· understand the role of citizens in the development of community.
· increase your understanding of the integral relationship between neighborhoods and community identity.
· become better informed about and develop a perspective on some of the issues rel
ating to public and community art.
· become a more critical reader.
· use research and writing to present ideas and reflections in a clear manner.
· critically evaluate, analyze, and interpret various sources of information around a particular topic.
· identify and critique patterns across time, culture, and texts.
· develop research skills.
· learn create graphic designs that effectively communicate ideas.
· develop creative, autobiographical and expository writing process skills.
· develop interpretive techniques and communication skills related to seminar.
· work across significant differences in group collaborations.

Evaluation Criteria
At the end of the quarter, you will write a self-evaluation in which you reflect on your learning for the quarter. You will then have an evaluation conference with your Seminar Leader and you will both share your perspectives on the quarter's work. At your evaluation conference, you and your seminar leader will review your self-evaluation and the faculty authored evaluation for your transcript. You must submit a faculty evaluation at the end of the program to receive credit and official transcripts.
You will earn full credit for doing the minimum requirements for the program-being prepared by having done your readings, attending all program activities, collaborating effectively within your group, and completing project assignments. The quality of your work and its strengths and weaknesses will be reflected in your evaluation. If you do not meet the minimum requirements and complete all of your work, you will lose credit. Credit awards are not the equivalent of grades, but are based on fulfilling the requirements of the program. We will give you mid-quarter notice and schedule a conference if you are in danger of losing credit.
You are expected to attend, be on time, and participate in all of the class sessions and writing tutor appointments. If you find that you will need to be late or absent for any reason, advance notice is required. Absence from three or more class sessions will result in reduced credit, and we will schedule a conference to discuss your attendance. You are required to have an Evergreen email account and check it twice weekly for announcements and information related to the program.
Community Development: The Art of Place is a full-time program for 16 credits, which is equivalent to 4 or 5 college courses. You should anticipate having to work on readings and projects for 1.5 - 2 hours outside of class for every hour spent in class, for a total of approximately 40 hours a week. Your level of preparation will be reflected in your questions and comments in seminar and group work and in the quality and depth of your projects.
Collaborating with group members is a critical part of Evergreen life, and the learning of everyone in the program is directly related to each other's preparation, engagement, and contributions. We'll be doing a lot of work to build group communication, collaboration, and conflict resolution skills. We will be monitoring groups closely and getting frequent updates on your work together, and will incorporate group evaluations into the program to help ensure a smooth process.
All assignments are due on time. If you expect to be absent, your work is still due via email. All assignments must be typed in 12 point, 1.5 space between lines (it's easier for us and your response groups to write comments that way.) Please back up all computer work on disks or on the network. A "crash" or a lost file is tragic, but is not an excuse for late work.
You should get a notebook or portfolio in which you can keep all of your personal work as the quarter progresses, including rough drafts of work. An organized and contextualized research and writing portfolio will be due with your self-evaluation at the end of the quarter. We will give you a detailed guide about what is expected of your portfolio, and we'll have several work sessions in class to develop them. Collecting your work this way helps you see the progress you've made, and helps us determine your process and growth throughout the quarter.
At your evaluation conference, you are required to submit a self - evaluation and faculty evaluation. Credit will not be awarded until all evaluations by the student are complete.
Getting Help
You are welcome to come and discuss assignments, problems, requests or suggestions about anything at any time. You can also discuss any concerns or ideas with Jean Eberhardt, the Academic Advisor assigned to our program. All of our contact information is listed above. You can get assistance in the Writing Center during your required weekly appointment with the writing tutors who will be working with our program.
In addition to seeing you in class, we will be keeping in touch with everyone in the program via email. We will be using your Evergreen email address, so if you would like mail forwarded to your personal account, make arrangements in the Computer Center. Please check your mail twice during the week-we will be checking ours daily. Much of our program communication, notices, etc. will also happen through our program web site, which you can find by going to http:// academic.evergreen.edu/curricular/artofplace
There are many more resources available in addition to those listed here-just let us know what you need and we'll hook you up. The most important thing to remember about getting help is seeking it out as soon as you think you need it-it's what we're all here for.
Primetime Academic Support Center
Is located in "A" Dorm, room 205, Phone x: 5112
Writing tutors available 6 to 10 pm Sunday through Wednesday, Academic Advisor available 6 to 9 pm Monday and Tuesday.
Writing Center
The writing tutors for our program are:
Andy Kersten
Erin Stout
Linda Mewhirter
You will sign up for a required, weekly, 1/2 hour meeting with your tutor. During this meeting, your writing tutor will help you with writing assignments for the program, based on what you determine you need help with. They're a great resource, and former students have all had great things to say about working with tutors and how it helped them understand the entire writing process more clearly. We'll also have some Writing Center Workshops during the course of the program to work on specific writing techniques. The Writing Center is located in Library 3407. Phone x: 6420
Monday-Thursday 10am-8pm
Friday 11am-3pm
Quantitative Reasoning Center
Is located in LIB 3402,on the 3rd floor of the library next to the Writing Resource Center. Phone ext: 5547.
Mon-Thurs 10am-8pm
Friday 10am-5pm
Saturday 11am-2pm
K.E.Y. Student Services
Is located in Library 1407 Phone: x 6464
Academic and other support services for students who qualify
Important Web Resources
More resources will be added to our program website. For now, check out:
The Procession of the Species http://www.procession.org
City Repair http://www.cityrepair.org