Bluffton University presents ‘Arts-based Civic Practice and Learning in Community’


Forum: 4 p.m., Stutzman Lecture Hall, Centennial Hall, Bluffton University, 1 University Drive, Bluffton. On “Arts-based Civic Practice and Learning in Community.”

BLUFFTON — Dr. Melissa Friesen and Dr. Walt Paquin will present “Arts-based Civic Practice and Learning in Community” at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, in Bluffton University’s Centennial Hall’s Stutzman Lecture Hall, 1 University Drive, Bluffton.

The event is free and open to the public.

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Courtesy of Bluffton University:

Dr. Melissa Friesen, art, communication and theatre department chair, and Dr. Walt Paquin, director of social work program, will share “Arts-based Civic Practice and Learning in Community,” during a Colloquium presentation at 4 p.m. on Feb. 7 in Centennial Hall’s Stutzman Lecture Hall.

During the presentation, Friesen and Paquin will discuss an interactive workshop they attended in Chicago, designed for teams of artists and partnering organizations interested in developing collaborative arts-based projects in their local communities. They will explore possible applications for the insights they gained at the workshop in the courses they teach and in their professional work in Bluffton and Lima, including through the new Learning in Community class.

The two are co-teaching the new Learning and Community class, along with Darryl Nester, professor of mathematics, this spring. They are looking into using the arts to address issues of social justice locally, particularly through creating arts-based projects in collaboration with the Lima partners for the course.

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Forum: 4 p.m., Stutzman Lecture Hall, Centennial Hall, Bluffton University, 1 University Drive, Bluffton. On “Arts-based Civic Practice and Learning in Community.”

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