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SOL300-Spring '06: The Art of Community

This class will involve students in experimenting with creativity and involvement in community. The Art of Community is a collaboration between the SU Soling Program, Open Hand Theater (Click Here for web site), and the Syracuse City School District.

Geoffrey Navias is the Artistic Director of Open Hand Theater, which through the use of giant puppets, and multi-cultural mask theater has had a significant impact on the revitalization of Syracuse's North Side. This class looks to involve students from a wide range of disciplines. The willingness to experiment, be creative, and be involved are important attributes.

The class will study, make, and use giant puppets as an expressive tool in creating community events. Students will be involved in working with and mentoring 3rd grade students from Van Duyn Elementary School as they study world cultures and then together create a giant puppet pageant to celebrate and unify that community.

Some of the disciplines that this team project will utilize include: The Arts, Social Services, Education, Urban Design, Architecture, Structural engineering & Design, Community Development, Neighborhood Community Organizing.

The Soling Program is a team-based collaborative, problem-based learning environment that emphasizes active learning. The program prepares undergraduates for both advanced study and future employment by encouraging them to develop problem solving, conflict resolution, presentation, and technical skills while working on a project for the University or the local community.

Click Here to view the Partners for Arts Education web page report about our collaboration.

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