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Wednesday, December 22, 2010


Final installation view of the class project created by Community Engagement Through the Arts 2010.

Posts prior to this one are from the 2010 course.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

This I Believe #11

Please post your "This I Believe" essay by noon on Friday, April 9.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Thank You!

We would like to send a warm round of thanks to everyone who came to the reception for Furniture X: Reconsidered. A special shout out to Marty for letting us use his store and being so accommodating with our furniture selections. We only hope the cats won't be too sad to see their newly covered nap spots removed.

Friday, April 2, 2010

This I Believe #10

You know the drill. Post here by 12 tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Blog Assignment #6

Please post a paragraph long question in response to the reading for Wednesday's class by noon on Wednesday.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

This I Believe #9

Please post your "This I Believe" essay by noon on Friday, March 26.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

A Shout Out to Arturo's Fiber Arts Class

We would like to thank the Fiber Arts class at UK for their participation in the quilt project. Their commitment to this project has helped make it a success.

Specifically we would like to thank Audrey Littlepage, Lacey Tardy, Catherine Van Kempen, Jordan Redmon, Rachel Miller, Jeanette Word, Carri Burgjohann, Cara Larkin, Savanna Shepherd, and Sandra Welleford.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

This I Believe Essay #8

Post your TIB by this Friday, March 12, at noon.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

More pics from Art in Unexpected Places

Kathleen Burke's project was to place "cards from a friend" in mailboxes around the neighborhood along with a blank card in hopes of passing the love along.
Austyn Gaffney hoped to shepherd in spring with her project involving painted recyclables and sidewalk chalk.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Collaborations class in Louisville

Paul Brown passed along short stories from his favorite author, Haruki Murakami, in hopes of spreading his love of fiction to others.
Monty created this stunning visual piece out of paper and placed it in a local park.
Kurt and Kremena lit the hop-hop on fire, much to the dismay of Griffin Van Meter.
Katelynn Austyn hoped to promote community involvement with her poster inviting locals to finish the phrase "Kiss me I'm...." with interesting results.
Amanda Velez created this incredible paper work enveloping a tree in a local park. Hanging from the tree were some of her favorite "truisms."


Two weeks ago, the Community Engagements class took a field trip to University of Louisville to exchange thoughts and ideas with Mary Carothers Collaborations class. We were able to open dialogue about how and why it is important to engage with one's community. Also, we exchanged homework assignments with the class. We have commissioned them to write This I Believe essays of their own, and we are responsible for creating "unexpected" art in the North Limestone area neighborhood. The pictures from the meeting itself are on the picture blog, and the image documentation of the art in unexpected places homework assignment is posted above. The pictures from the rest of the class's projects will be posted later along with the descriptions of all the images.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

This I Believe #7

Please post your TIB essay for this week by noon on Friday, March 04.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

This I Believe #6

Ok, you know the drill by now. Please post your TIB by noon this Friday (February 25).

Thursday, February 18, 2010

This I Believe #5

Assignment: Please post a 300-500 word essay articulating something you believe. Look at older posts to see examples. Due by noon on Friday, February 19.

Bog Assignment #5

Assignment: Please post a one paragraph question concerning the text for Friday's class. Due by noon on Friday, February 19.
Text: From page 243-end of The Known World.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

This I Believe #4

Assignment: Post your fourth This I Believe Essay. Due by noon on Friday.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Blog Assignment #4

Assignment: Post a one paragraph question that stems from the assigned reading for class on Wednesday night. Questions are due by noon on Wednesday.
Reading: Up to page 243 in The Known World

Thursday, February 4, 2010

This I Believe #3

Go ahead and post your third This I Believe essay here by noon on Friday. Also, don't forget to leave comments about other peoples wonderful essays!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Blog Assignment #3

Assignment: Post a paragraph long question using the comment feature attached to this blog post that addresses something in this weeks reading assignment.
Reading Assignment: Pages 1-103 of The Known World. Also, don't forget to bring your This I Believe essays to read in class tomorrow, since we didn't read them on Friday!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

This I Believe #2

Post your This I Believe Essays here by 12pm on Friday, January 29. Don't forget to bring the printed out version to class!

Blog Assignment #2

Post your questions for the reading due Wednesday, January 27, at 12pm

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Photo #2

Photo #1

Here are some Transy students at the first of four scheduled quilting bees that are to take place as a part of CETA. The next one is in the Rosenthal Commons area located on fourth street across from the residential side of Transy's campus and is taking place on Saturday, January 30th, from 1-4 pm. It is sure to be great fun, and as always hot chocolate and cookies will be provided!

This I Believe #1

Assignment: Write a 300 word essay in the format of the This I Believe series ran on public radio. This international project has been continued on line at http://thisibelieve.org/
Use the comment feature below to post your own This I Believe essay. The deadline for this assignment is noon on Friday, January 22.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Blog Assignment #1

Assignment: Come up with one good question based on the reading for class on Wednesday, January 20. Focus especially on pages 310-336. Post this well-formulated question in a comment attached to this post. The question must be at least one paragraph and should provide a contextualizing framework. (e.g. what in the reading prompted your question? Is this a question you’ve struggled with before? Or are you responding to a point of confusion in the narrative? What in your previous experience prompted this comment?) The deadline for posting this question is noon on Wednesday, January 19.
Reading Assignment: "Field Working: Reading and Writing Research" by Bonnie Stone Sunstein and Elizabeth Chiseri-Strater.

Why do Kremena and Kurt teach this course?

Kremena and Kurt teach this course for a variety of reasons that will be outlined in the comments below.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Day One

Friends, class members, and community engagements enthusiasts, this is the first post of what will be many concerning Community Engagements Through the Arts. Some of you may be wondering what this phenomenon is. Community? Engagements? Arts? Well, for starters this is a class taught at Transylvania University in Lexington, KY by professors Kremena Todorova and Kurt Gohde (who will be referred to here on out as Kremena and Kurt). The goal of this class is to form a relationship with the community by engaging in artistic projects with the community. The outcome of this will manifest itself in many ways, some recognizable and others not so much. So far the class has met two times and will continue to meet on Wednesday nights and Friday afternoons as well as on other days at specific times as seen fit.