Devised Theater: A Venn Diagram

Devised Theater: A Venn Diagram
This diagram was created by the co-producing artistic directors of Rude Mechs to depict the complexity of creating and crediting collaboratively devised work for theatrical performance.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Farewell to CETA 2011

As the Transylvania winter term comes to a close this week, so does this year's Community Engagements Through the Arts class. It has been quite a semester for us; we have had a lot of fun and are extremely proud of the murals we put up on Limestone. Thank you to everyone who joined us this year and helped to make the class a success.

We would also like to invite everyone to join us again (and bring friends!) next spring for CETA 2012. Titled 1000 Dolls, the class project will involve, among many other things, making 1000 dolls (of course) and displaying them along Limestone Ave.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

This I Believe #11, 2011

The last one. ):

Due by noon on Friday, April 15th.

**Note: the above image, captured on our initial tour of the neighborhood, will be featured on the cover of the chapbook of This I Believe essays this year.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Opening Reception for CETA Murals Project

On Wednesday, April 6th, Community Engagements hosted the opening reception for our murals project at Sav's Grill. Members of the community were invited to join us in celebration of the completion of three incredible murals, the last of which was finished late Tuesday afternoon. Everyone met at Sav's, where they were offered samples of his delicious African cuisine and a map to guide them to the murals at Sayre and the Hop Hop. We would like to thank everyone in attendance for helping to make the reception a success and for their support of our semester's project. A big thank you also goes out to Jodi Brashear for photographing the event on behalf of the Herald Leader (two of her photos are below, the rest can be found at

It was a beautiful (although rather windy) day for a celebration.

The students in the class, posing for the camera in front of the mural at Sav's.

The cornstalk growing from the concrete block in this mural stands to represent the art of community gardening as it grows within the city of Lexington.

At Sayre, a log cabin, the first African American schoolhouse in Lexington, is wheat-pasted atop of a background created through collaboration with Lexington Catholic and Sayre Elementary students.

The image at the Hop Hop, a paint bucket and tools, illustrates the care taken by individuals in the North Limestone community to improve their houses and, consequently, the neighborhood itself.

Class Retreat - March 5th, 2011

On a rainy Saturday evening in March, Community Engagements met at Elmendorf Farm for dinner and writing. Joined by Dr. Richard Taylor and Katerina Stoykova-Klemer, the class was graciously hosted by Nana Lampton, who owns the beautiful farm. The night led off with readings by the visiting poets and selected “This I Believe” essays by the class members. The conversational tone of the night carried into dinner where students, professors, and members of the community discussed everything from the direction of the class itself to the students' plans for after college. The night provided a relaxed atmosphere for connection between Community Engagements and the local writing community. Dinner was followed with the opportunity for writing on the spot, as everyone was asked to write about a moment of realization or epiphany in their lives. The open-ended nature of the prompt allowed those present the freedom to express very different things through the same writing activity. The voices and direction of these writing exercises were varied and presented an interesting collection of perspectives on ostensibly the same topic. The realizations were read aloud, and the night ended with an adventure, as good nights of creativity should. Community Engagements would like to thank everyone who was in attendance for their company and for their dedication to furthering creative writing and inspiration.

Friday, April 1, 2011

This I Believe #10, 2011

Just so I don't forget..

Due Friday, April 8th by noon.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

This I Believe #9, 2011

You know what to do. (:

April 1st, by noon. (April Fool's day!)

Thursday, March 24, 2011

This I Believe #8, 2011

Sorry about the lateness of this - totally thought I had already created this post.

Hope you'll forgive me and, as I'm sure you expected, post your TIB by tomorrow (March 25th) at noon.

See you in class!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Art for an Unexpected Place

Not too long ago, our class took an evening road-trip to Louisville to meet with Mary Carother's Collaborative Projects class. We were able to share ideas and stories about our respective classes and to learn about the projects Mary and her students have been undertaking this year. After some interesting and engaging dialogue, we left the UofL students with a responsibility to write This I Believe essays. They in turn,gave us their "Art for an Unexpected Place" assignment: to put art in a location where it isn't typically found. The pictures here show the ways in which we each decided to complete this assignment.

April took to the pavement with sidewalk chalk, leaving motivational quotes. Here is one she wrote at Duncan Park.

These eyes were drawn out by Blair and then (temporarily) taped to a building downtown. She made two of these sets of eyes, which undoubtedly left people wondering what they were for.

Clay took a different approach, leaving this small image in a "change" slot of a vending machine.

Much to the excitement of students and staff, Kurt and Kremena hung a swing made of street signs from a tree on campus.

Although there was a bit of snow on the ground, Katie left these flowers near a local garden to remind everyone that spring is on its way.

Anyone who has ever seen Sesame Street should surely recognize Cody's contribution to a Rosenthal trash can.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

This I Believe #7, 2011

Pretty sure we all know how this goes by now - post your essay by noon on March 11th.

Monday, February 28, 2011

This I Believe #6, 2011

You know the drill, please post your TIB essay by noon on Friday, March 5th.

*Also, don't forget to email your essay selection for the book to Kurt and Kremena before class.*

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

This I Believe #5, 2011

Please post your TIB essay by noon on Friday, February 25th. (:

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

This I Believe #4, 2011

Please post your TIB essay by noon on Friday, February 18th.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Blog Assignment #3, 2011

Please post a paragraph-long question or comment in response to the reading (Barbara Ehrenreich’s "Bright-Sided: How Positive Thinking is Undermining America") for Wednesday's class by noon on February 16th.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Kid's Cafe - Creation of the "Medallions"

Saturday, February 1st:

Saturday afternoon was full of favorite things and stickers.

Everything from purses with caucophonies of colors to shooting stars became the featured centers of CD sized disks of paper, and cards were written, in which it was stated that little brothers should probably share more, but parents were well loved. The children at Kids Cafe were more than happy help us create the images for our mural, and many of them would have probably gladly contributed several favorite things in the world to our efforts.

Some of them found a favorite student from the college and high school volunteers and created drawings of their own, paper snowflakes, cards with cafeully aligned color-filled stickers.

The building is always a haven for these children, but last Saturday we brought art to them, and allowed them to tell us through imagery and art what is important to them, and by extension what is important to their community. Engaging with the neighborhood through conversation and art was literally illustrated and even the children who were old enough only to direct student volunteers armed with scissors, pencils, and smiles were able to tell us their favorite things in the world, with the knowledge that we cared and that these things would be turned into art.

Chairs and tables that felt slightly too small were constantly crowded and the voices of the children of the community were heard.

- Blair Poe

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

This I Believe #3, 2011

This one's due by noon on Friday, February 11th.

Monday, January 24, 2011

This I Believe #2, 2011

Please post your "This I Believe" essay by noon on *Wednesday, February 2nd.*

Friday, January 21, 2011

Blog Assignment #2, 2011

Please post a paragraph-long question in response to the reading for Wednesday's (Belonging Through Land/Scape by Rich Schein) class by noon on Wednesday.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

This I Believe #1, 2011

Please post your "This I Believe" essay by noon on Friday, January 21. Bring a printed copy of your essay to class as well. Please practice reading it so that you are prepared to share.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Blog Assignment #1, 2011

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

The reading can be found at this link : read through each link of the toolkit