Leadership Profile

What's Happening at Cedar Crest College

C.R.E.A.T.E. Project Brings Art, Dialogue to Community

The C.R.E.A.T.E. (Community Related Experiences in Art Through Engagement) living learning community on campus offers students interested in the visual arts the chance to live and study together. Led by Jill Odegaard, associate professor and art department chair, the program brings learning out of the traditional classroom and into the local and global communities.

An example this fall is the group’s portable studio cart, the Book Cart, and the pocketCollective project. pocketCollective is a series of pocket-sized art and book art projects that C.R.E.A.T.E. students are coordinating with community events.
Recently, C.R.E.A.T.E. students held a test run on campus in which they encouraged members of the College community and a group of Boyertown Area High School students to make trading cards in order to explore the nature of how image and/or expression can influence dialogue and other possibilities.

Participants made a card for this “Make One Take One” project, and traded their image for one which they found interesting made by someone else. The project is based on the artist trading card (ATC) format. The tradition of the ATC is that the artist signs the work and provides contact information so the trading card serves as marketing and networking tool, as well as a means of making art accessible through trading.

This Sunday, Oct. 30, C.R.E.A.T.E. students will move the Book Cart and “Make One Take One” project into the community as they visit the Emmaus Farmer’s Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The public can participate in the project free of charge.

“The group is interested in striking up conversation with people from the community through the images everyone makes,” said Odegaard. “They hope to reach the young and the old and offer an opportunity for people to sit down and create. They are particularly interested in making art-making accessible and taking it out of the confines of a gallery or museum wall.”

Cedar Crest students from all majors can apply to participate in the C.R.E.A.T.E. living learning community. For information on C.R.E.A.T.E. or the “Make One Take One” project, go to www.cedarcrest.edu/ca/academics/art/LLC.shtm