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Community Arts Concentration

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Are you ready to use art to change communities?

Eastern University’s MA in Urban Studies, Community Arts concentration prepares creative practitioners to transform communities.  This is accomplished by equipping creative practitioners proficient in various art forms (i.e. dance, music, spoken word and poetry, fine arts, multi-media arts) with knowledge of and experience in using their art form as a means of development in both local and global settings.  Upon completion of the program, students understand how the arts are used in social intervention, education, community development, therapeutic practice, and spiritual development.

Why pursue the Community Arts concentration of the Urban Studies Masters at Eastern University?  You will:

  • Experience the arts used in a cross-cultural setting by completing one travel course requiring you complete an art-based training and project in a cross-cultural setting
  • Gain understanding of supervising artists as well as managing arts-integrated projects including financial and personal oversight
  • Graduate with practical skills and community arts experience through attending one residency per semester and completing an internship
  • Enjoy a format catered to working adults that allows the convenience of online classwork, without sacrificing relationships with faculty and peers by attending class intensives each semester
  • Finish in 24 months

You will gain community arts experience through

  • 2 summer class intensives with the BuildaBridge Institute
  • A summer cross-cultural travel course
  • Leadership practicum/internship in a community arts organization
  • A graduate thesis project or paper

A global community arts partner

The Community Arts concentration is offered through an educational alliance with the BuildaBridge Institute, a community partner with over 15 years of global community arts training and education. The mission of BuildaBridge International is to engage creative people and the transformative power of art making to bring hope and healing to children, families, and communities in the contexts of crisis and poverty. In the Community Arts concentration, you will:

  • Learn from BuildaBridge International co-founders Drs. J. Nathan Corbitt and Vivian Nix-Early who both serve as program faculty
  • Explore the concepts of Taking it To the Street written by Drs. J.Nathan Corbitt and Vivian Nix-Early
  • Engage BuildaBridge International practitioners who have served through the arts around the world

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