Make an impact through arts-based community work.
Community arts is a growing field. Studies show that the arts can boost the economy and provide vital connections among groups and neighborhoods. In this action-oriented program, you'll transform your love of the arts into a career in a nonprofit, hospital, museum, school, or other institution. You'll gain the tools to effect change in the community through art—and become a better artist at the same time.
Here, you’ll get practical, applicable skills. Learn grant writing, fundraising, networking, advocacy, and arts administration. Explore how to plan and evaluate programs and initiatives. Use artistic collaborations to form alliances. Facilitate social transformation through the arts.
Core courses include arts in community, research, how to turn ideas into action, and exploration of using the arts to enhance learning. You'll also do an internship in a community organization. And by choosing one of five specializations, you’ll take courses that pursue in-depth knowledge:
- Arts in Health: incorporate the arts into services and programs that promote health for individuals within various communities and care settings.
- Integrated Arts: explore multiple arts, including art, drama, music, poetry, and storytelling, to facilitate an integrated arts approach for schools, community organizations, and other environments.
- Multicultural Education: to gain a better understanding of diversity in social contexts and to work in community settings.
- Theater Studies: develop the artistic skills necessary to facilitate a drama-based approach for school curriculum, community organizations, and other environments.
- Visual Art: develop the artistic skills to facilitate a visual arts-based approach for school curriculum, community organizations, and other environments.
This program is also available as part of an accelerated master's degree for those who are earning their undergraduate degree through the Center for the Adult Learner. Learn more.