Course Description

How do artists and designers engage communities and the public in their work? What does it mean to work within a community as a collective, as opposed to publicly presenting work as a solo artist or designer? In this contemporary art history course, you will explore the aesthetic, historical, and socio-cultural aspects of community arts and socially engaged art through lectures, videos, readings, reflections and discussions.  We will uncover the relationship artists/designers have with building communities and creating localized cultures, and how specific Los Angeles communities have used art as a means to occupy political territories over time.  We will meet with contemporary artists, designers and local non-profit arts organizations, museums and public sites to engage in current social practice work in the field and to learn how they create cultural agency and cultivate a rich sense of place. Lastly, you will learn how to develop and write your own proposal for working with local communities to create positive change through socially engaged art. Required for Art Education: Teaching Artist Specialization students.



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Section Title
Community Arts in LA
3:45PM to 6:30PM
Jan 18, 2022 to May 03, 2022
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Main Campus
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Certificate credit (3 units) $705.00
college credit (3 units) $2,115.00
Available for Credit
3 units
Materials List
Section Notes
  • This course includes 41.25 hours of class time plus at least 15 hours of homework time.
  • All times are listed for Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).
  • Course teaching method:  On-Campus
  • This is an on-campus course; please refer to our policies page for COVID Safety guidelines and additional campus-specific information on our Policies page.
  • Course details subject to change. Please check this page regularly to verify information. After registering for a course, visit your student profile page for updates.
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