Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Maryland, My Maryland

 At Legal Insurrection, University of Maryland Now Offering Minor in ‘Protest Art

The College Fix reports:

New minor in protest art offered at University of Maryland

Students can now minor in “Creative Placemaking” starting this next semester at the University of Maryland.

“Students in this interdisciplinary minor learn how artists and designers can play a vital role in advancing public dialogue,” and will “[explore] our shared humanity and [while] addressing some of our major challenges,” according to the art department’s website. The new minor will help enrollees spark “conversations about racial injustice, inequitable development, climate change or celebrating the diverse communities and cultures around us.”

The university’s media team shared further details with The College Fix via email.

“Coined by the National Endowment for the Arts in 2010, ‘creative placemaking’ is the collaboration of artists and designers with local residents and stakeholders to address community challenges and opportunities,” the media team wrote in its email. “Navigating the process with students allows them to practice the essential relationship-building, dialogue and collaborative decision-making involved in addressing a community’s needs and aspirations.”

Students in the program “will learn how to employ techniques like mural design, storytelling, pop-up installations, public events and performance to advance a community’s vision and nurture vibrant place” and “will engage in place-based art and design projects in partnership with local organizations, knowledge keepers, and artists in select areas of Maryland, including the Purple Line Corridor.”

It is part of the Big Ten university’s “Arts for All” initiative which makes the school “a national leader in leveraging the combined power of the arts, technology and social justice to collaboratively address grand challenges.”

Some of the classes students may take to satisfy the course requirements include “Public Policy and the Black Community,” “Changing Climate, Changing Cultures,” and “U.S. Latinx Literature and Culture.”

 I wonder how they would appreciate and grade a 2nd Amendment themed project.

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