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Department of
Theatre Arts

Arts for Communities

The Arts for Communities minor prepares students of various backgrounds and disciplines to use creative tools to make a difference in a variety of communities and settings.

Students will study artistic and performative strategies, teaching methods, community building, and facilitation methods through course work, and will engage in an off-campus internship with an arts, educational, or community service organization in New York City.

Students who complete Arts for Communities minor will:

  • plan, create or perform original pieces of art, dance and theatre that explore social justice themes and issues relevant to particular communities.
  • demonstrate knowledge of performance techniques, methods and strategies (such as forum theatre, invisible theatre, street performance, story circles, ethnodrama) as they relate to community-based performance projects
  • demonstrate an understanding of theory and history of art, dance and theatre as they apply to positive social change (Brecht, Boal, Theatre of the Oppressed, ethnodrama, community-based performance, process drama) and are evidenced by plays, historical texts, and community archives
  • conduct a needs analysis to assess the appropriateness of potential New York City art, dance and theatre sites and community organizations for partnerships, programs and performances.

Requirements for a minor in art for communities

Minor Requirements
SOC 204: Valuing Difference
ART/DANC/THTR 328: The Arts & Social Change
ART/DANC/THTR 366: Devising Performance Events
OR THTR 370: Beyond Naturalism
ART/DANC/THTR 499: Internship
One of the Following:
EDUC 220: The Arts and Education
THTR 243: Theatre in Education & Community
ART/EDUC 246: Teaching Methods for the Visual Arts
DANC 357: Techniques of Teaching Dance I
Elective Requirements
Choose Three Courses from the Following List:
ART 125: Introduction to Drawing
BUS 231: Leadership in the Social Sector
COMM 104: Interpersonal Communication
COMM 344: Advocacy and Social Movements
DANC 105: Introduction to Dance for Non-Majors
ENG/SOC 215: Social Issues in Literature
PSYCH 285: Introduction to Counseling Techniques
PSYCH 290: Departmental Seminar: Psychodrama
PSYCH 313: Group Dynamics
PSYCH 334: Death & Bereavement
PSYCH 363: Abnormal Psychology
PSYCH 393: Special Topics: Conflict Resolution
PS 107: Introduction to Criminal Justice
PS 324: Law, Government & Politics in America
PS 340: Political Participation
SOC 213: Women, Society & Culture
SOC 304: Sociology of Culture
SOC 306: Sociology of Art
SOC 359: Sociology of Race
SOC 384: Valuing Difference II: Knowledge & Action for Equity     
SPAN 360: Revolution & Literature
SPCH 209: American Sign Language I
SPCH 309: American Sign Language II
THTR 101: Theatre Games and Improvisation
THTR 103: Acting for Non-Major

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