20. Introduction to Community Engagement through Arts
Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour; outside study, 11 hours. Introduction to fields of community engagement and arts education informed by philosophies of progressive education and social justice movements. By looking at community engagement as issue of equity and social justice, examination of basic theories of creativity, artistic development, and community partnership, and history, philosophies, politics, and sociocultural trends of community engagement in American society. Attendance at UCLA arts presentations and introduction to creative process. Readings and discussions to understand community engagement and arts education as crucial elements of comprehensive education, with emphasis on writing process, including regular writing assignments that require students to read, analyze, critique, and evaluate community arts practices and arts education scholarship. P/NP or letter grading.