CREATING & TESTING
NEW MODELS FOR TRANSFORMATIVE LEARNING
INTERDISCIPINARY, cOLLABORATIVE & AUTHENTIC
Public Art Projects
Through public art, cities gain social, cultural, & economic value; art serves regenerative design. Added to public art’s capacity to reflect our society & time, to distinguish our city as unique; when the work includes significant content, public art becomes key to public education.
We are currently working on two public art projects:
- PRESENT ABSENCE is an inclusive public art project which aims to share the legacy of the Kate Bitting Reynolds Memorial Hospital. “Katie B,” as it is lovingly called, was a hospital that served the Black Community in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
- The Ones Who Stayed: Stories of Black Life in the Urban New South (TOWS) is an emergent multidisciplinary exhibition that explores the history of Black culture and community in one of the most important industrial cities of the Southeast—Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Equitable & Just Course design
Art and Social Justice | This course is for artists, activists and thinkers who seek understanding of and participation in art for social change. We collaborate with locally-based artists and organizations to introduce students to the experiences of using their craft in the cause of social justice. This cross-curricular, interdisciplinary studio/seminar is open to students from UNCSA and WSSU.
Art and Climate Change | Faculty and students will work together in creative research on our own campus ecology, iterative scientific and artistic processes, supplemented with rich, interdisciplinary source material. This course gives students opportunity and access to investigating their own climate impact, discovering strategies that UNCSA might embrace to make an even bigger difference. In multimedia projects, we explore ways to deploy the powers of art to educate, advocate for change, or even mitigate climate impact.
The studio for creative practice
Featured past work
RESPONDING THROUGH MOVEMENT: Fume Takenouchi leads Choreographic Analysis of Architecture
With support from the Center for Design Innovation, dancers from UNCSA collaborated with Fumi Takenouchi to explore the relationship between architecture and the human body. We visited architectural spaces of varying shape, design, size, material and texture (including Reynolda House, Old Salem SECCA and the Semans Library). At each place, we worked to notice what there is to be noticed toward creating phrases of movement that uniquely embody each space. Interestingly enough, in addition to the physical variations from one location to another, each space has its own qualitative characteristics (ambiance, smell, sound, history and purpose), which factor into our kinesthetic responses. While at each location, we shared our phrases with one another and discussed the aspects of design/ sensation that inspired us to create the movement we created. We then traveled back to the CDI each day to learn each other’s movement phrases, adapt them into this vastly different space and integrate them with the media of film and music.
– Garrett Parker, C’ 17