CREATE Living Learning Community
In a Living Learning Community (LLC) at Cedar Crest College, you can enjoy a fuller, deeper learning experience by living in a residence hall with other students who share similar interests.
The mission of Living Learning Communities at Cedar Crest College is to integrate curricular and co-curricular experiences to foster characteristics of women’s leadership, civic engagement, and global connectivity. Living Learning Communities cultivate interactions among students, faculty, and staff by building a community of scholars who share common interests.
Starting in Fall 2011, the art department will offer students interested in the visual arts the chance to live and study together in the CREATE (community related experiences in art through engagement) Living Learning Community. Led by Jill Odegaard, associate professor and art department chair, the program will bring learning out of the traditional classroom and into everyday life. Students from all majors may apply to participate in this living learning community. This living learning community engages students in research and collaborative art projects that increases awareness of the impact art has on the local and global community.
The CREATE Program
The CREATE program consists of two courses: CREATE I and CREATE II, which are taken in the fall and spring semesters, respectively. In these courses, students will engage in collaborative art projects as they increase their awareness of the impact that art has on local and global communities. Relational aesthetics—described by Nicholas Bourriad as “…a set of artistic practices which take as their theoretical and practical point of departure the whole of human relations and their social context…”—will guide the momentum of the semester. Other highlights of the program:
- Students will collaborate to develop service learning projects within the community.
- Field trips to museums, galleries and artist studios will provide a foundation for understanding art as a cultural catalyst.
- Course materials will include readings, artist talks and visual presentations intended to foster a critical dialogue concerning current as well as historical trends within art as they relate to community.
- Written reflections will allow for a careful articulation of how the individual can affect change through an engagement with art and the community.
LLC 206 CREATE I
The primary focus of this course is to explore historical and current trends in art as they relate to community and social engagement practice. Students will collaborate with others to bring art projects to the community. In doing so, students will expand their understanding of art as a cultural catalyst through field trips to museums, galleries, artist studios and organizations in NYC, Philadelphia and the Lehigh Valley. The overall intention of this course is to increase awareness of the impact art has on local and global communities.
LLC 207 CREATE II
This course is the second course in a two course sequence that focuses on community art and social engagement practice. The primary focus of this course will be on the implementation of community based art projects through service learning opportunities. Great attention will be placed on collaborations and the documentation and archiving of process.
LLC 208 CREATE II
The primary focus of this course is engagement in community based art projects as students increase their awareness of the impact art has on local and global communities. This course is the second course in a two course sequence and will focus on ethical theories and constructs related to Western philosophy and social-engagement art practices.
The primary focus will be on the collaboration and implementation of community based art projects through service learning opportunities. This course serves as an Ethics designation as part of the Liberal Arts Curriculum.
Living Learning Community Requirements
- Participation in an LLC is a full-year commitment: Students are required to commit to the fall and spring semesters of the academic year in which they are enrolled in the LLC.
- Students are required to live in the LLC residence hall during the year and participate in co-curricular activities outside of classroom time.
- LLCs are open to all students of sophomore-standing or higher.
- Students must apply for entry into an LLC.
Last Updated: 6/5/12