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.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

This I Believe #12

It's the last one! Don't forget to post your essay before class on Tuesday!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

This I Believe #11

No class this week but don't forget to post your essay!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

This I Believe #10

Don't forget to post your essay before class on Tuesday!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

This I Believe #9

Hope everyone is having a relaxing spring break!
Essays are due before class on March 18th!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Workshop Wednesdays

It is crunch time for CETA! In less than a month, the CETA lanterns will be lit, but there is still plenty of (fun) work to be done during the next few weeks. On the Wednesdays leading up to March 27th, students, professors, community members, and anyone interested are encouraged to come by the Shearer Art Building from 6:00 to 8:00 on Wednesday nights. Everyone is welcome, even if you can only stay for part of the time. We will be preparing burlap sacks, sewing the burlap onto the lantern frames, and (eventually) stringing the beads onto our lanterns. Last week's workshop was successful thanks to all our awesome helpers. CETA hopes to see you again!

Friday, February 28, 2014

This I Believe #8

Don't forget to post your essay before class on Tuesday!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Class Notes 2/19

I thought along with some brief notes from our class discussion with Caitlind and Wayne I would post the links/ photos of some of the pieces they discussed as well. They are wonderful works and you should really check them out! Enjoy!

London, UK - Tate Modern Olafur Eliasson Weather Project - UK car hire

The Weather Project- London 
By Olafur Eliasson, giant flat sun, plays with space, time experience and environmental responsibility. 
The Rain Room - London 
By Random International, plays with technology and crowd mentality. Intelligent Space. 
Video Link:

Fabric Swings
By Ann Hamilton, the whole is larger than the sum of its parts, nostalgia play, spontaneous collaboration
Cloud Cities 
By Tomas Saraceno, believer in utopian futures, very considerate of our individual effect on others, creating a sense of comfort for all. 
Video Link:

ADA at Fact in Liverpool 
By Karina Smigla- Bobinski
Video Link:
By Caitlind r.c. Brown and Wayne Garrett, turns audience into performer 
Video Link:

By a large conglomeration of artists in Calgary. 
Houses were scheduled for demolition. Artists acquired them and turned them into art projects before they were to be torn down. 
Video Link: 

Sunday, February 23, 2014

This I Believe #7

Post your essay here before class on Tuesday!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Welding Progress

After learning how to weld the class was assigned to create their own rings by creating 8 welds. Here are some pictures of the class with their completed rings!
Pictures by Luke Gnadinger

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Trashformed Workshop

A few weeks ago our class got to participate in a workshop to create flowers to be added to Trashformed exhibit in the Morlan Gallery. Make sure to check it before it closes! The last day to see it will be this Friday, February 21st, at gallery hop!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Class Notes 2/12

Part 1
El Sistema- Rachel and Richard 

Rachel runs music works, a youth orchestra program here in NoLi, inspired by El Sistema. 

The motto of El Sistema: Tocar y Luchar- To play and to fight 

Program History 
- began in Venezuela in 1975 by Dr.Jose Antonio Abreu. He is a composer, conductor and economist. 
-believed music should be a right and not a privilege. 
- he started the program with 11 kids in a garage and has now served over 2 million children. 
- has been almost entirely funded by the government for 35 years and has survived 6 regime changes. 
- has turned into a system of orchestras including the Simon Bolivar tour of the world as well as a large system of national youth orchestra and choirs 
- instruments are provided at no cost
- everyone is a teaching artist 
- El Sistema programs are INTENSE. The Music Works program is from 2:30 until 5:00 pm everyday. 
- They have a musical and social mission 
- Tend to take place in unserved communities 
- Encourage peer mentoring 
- employ teaching artists 
- The El Sistema Program made its debut in the US when Gustavo Dudamel became the music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic 
- The New England conservatory also formed a partnership with El Sistema that brought the program to the East Coast. 
- Partnerships now include YOLA in LA, Orchkids in Baltimore,  the YOURS project with the People's Music School in Chicago. 

US Models of El Sistema 

- common models include school partnerships ( where a school hosts the program) , a community center model ( community center hosts program), a traditional youth orchestra model ( the youth orchestra partners with a school or community center to host the program. 
- The Lexington program is a hybrid of these - They are a program of the central kentucky youth orchestra system, but are hosted by Arlington Elementary and Embrace Church as well as the NoLi CDC.  Old Town Violins does repairs at kind and Bullhorn creative manages its PR. 

Tuesday March 4th at 7:30 at the Lyric there is a concert for free! Donations are appreciated! 

Part 2 
Steve Pavey 

- advocates for undocumented youth and their families by acting with them and allowing them to be the experts of their experience. 
- believes that the individual relationships he makes are victories 
-  Is a prisoner of hope because he is so engaged with his work. 

- The Dream Act - bill would provide conditional permanent residency to certain immigrants of good moral character who graduate from U.S. high schools, arrived in the United States as minors, and lived in the country continuously for at least five years prior to the bill's enactment. - Has never went into effect. 

- Families are also living in mixed degrees of citizenship, often causing separation of families for years. 

- $58,060 per year per person to lock up these individuals seeking to make their dreams come true in the US. 

Wednesday Questions

Post your question for Wayne and Caitlind before noon on Wednesday!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

This I Believe #6

Post them here before class on Tuesday!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Wednesday Questions 2/12

Post your two questions here by Wednesday at noon!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Class Notes 2/6

Jim Zilliack
Director of the Institute of Poverty Research at The University of Kentucky

This year is the 50th anniversary of the war on poverty.

Lyndon B. Johnson declared a war on poverty during his time in office, he toured around the US and was shocked with how large of a problem poverty was.
-War On Poverty included - rejuvenating the food stamp program that began in WWII, establishing the President's Appalachian Regional commission and the Medicaid and Medicare programs.
- In programs that were already established Johnson expanded the eligibility requirements in order to encompass a greater number of Americans - none of these programs are straight cash, many are voucher programs ( This is a common misconception among Americans today) .
- Today 3/4 of the money spent on poverty goes to older Americans.

50 years later the question is today, was the war on poverty won. Many would say NO.
- The poverty line was previously calculated by looking at families food budget and multiplying it by 3, as families traditionally spent 1/3 of their money on food. Today, however, these spending habits have changed.

1) How do we claim this war on Poverty we still face as a country?
- promote economic literacy
- adults taking the time to understand poverty as a complex issue
- people in the know taking the time to share their knowledge

2) Has the private market stepped up to the plate to help?
-Yes. EX: Costco
- there are still differences however in philosophical beliefs regarding poverty, they need to get on the same page.

3) CEO's are a problem. Yes.
- They earn 300- 400 times the amount of money as their average workers
- Companies need to invest in more long run profits
- large investors need to speak up more about this issue
- greater accountability of CEO's needs to happen
- tax policies need to change.

- The top 1 percent of Americans are earning over 20 percent of the income available in this country.
- To change, it will take social will .
- The US also spends more on defense than the next 19 countries on the list combined.

- Because countries spend their tax money differently, they have better outcomes
 ex: France has a good child care system and Sweden has an excellent education system.

- Average American mother spends 20 percent of her income on childcare. ( 4,000 to 16,000 dollars a year for center based childcare in the US per child.)
- 7/10 children born to single mothers are born to African American Mothers.
-  informal care ( such as grandma taking care of children) is bad.

4) Minimum Wage is low
- $7.25 per hour since 2007
- states can raise it above this
-  due to inflation, minimum wage should be roughly $15
- this change can only be made by an act of congress.
-If we raise the minimum some people will lose their jobs though,  a 10 percent raise in the minimum wage will result in the employment rate dropping 1-2 percent.
- Only 4-6 million people make minimum wage in this country.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

This I Believe #5

Post them here before class on Tuesday!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Art for an Unexpected Place

Below are the images of the classes assignment: Art for an Unexpected Place. We were instructed to create some type of art in a place or space where it would not usually be found. We received a lot of really great feedback and were excited to share our art with the community!

Kurt and Kremena's Love Lock Fence outside of Third Street Stuff.

Sara's canvas that reads "You are beautiful!" that was left in a campus bathroom.

Ashley's Flowers were placed outside of Little Theater.

Jacqueline's Ale-8 art outside of Rosenthal Commons

Kristina and Ellen's Flower Garden outside of Haupt Humanities. 

Gio's Smiling Tissue Box Art

Michaela's Paper Swans were found in a local park.

Haley's art was found on the halls of Forrer.

Sierra's Chalk Art was placed outside of Forrer near the loading dock.

Lauren sang to the people at Tolly Ho!

Luke made and left cups outside of Homegrown Press on North Limestone.

Laura left encouraging notes around campus!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Questions for Wednesday 2/5

Post your questions here about the reading for Wednesday.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

This I Believe #4

You know what to do!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Beading Progress

Over the past few weeks we have been working on our own beading, but now we are ready to get everyone else involved! Keep an eye out for workshop days coming soon!
Here is some of our work:
Pictures by our very own Luke Gnadinger!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

"New Moon" Artists

The artists of the "New Moon" sculpture in Lexington will be joining the class for our potluck Wednesday night. They will also be the visiting speakers on February 19th. For more information you can check out their project at:

The potluck will be Wednesday January 29th at 6:30 at The Gathering Place.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Class Notes 1/22

Dean Bell

Oral History- takes as its core idea the ordinary, an individual's concept of life and story. An everyday personal remembrance, crafting it to be retold. It is deeply personal and carries with it great meaning. These remembrances can hold the key to understanding how a person organizes their own life. These stories often only provide one side of the factual story.

When preparing to take an Oral History you must go in with an objective, the process is smoother when interviewer is articulated about their purpose.
- need to know what questions we will ask
- need to develop the questioning relationship - develop report, be open and honest about your own experiences. Find a common ground.
-Participant Observation, think ahead of the game.

How do we make our lives meaningful over time? - cultural artifacts in which meaning was placed such as recipes, songs, games, shared historical and sociological experiences, economic and practical boundaries. Sensory information helps make the connection to future audiences.

We discover this meaning through the words of the people, who can tell us what these things mean. Their description doesn't have to be scientific or political to be powerful.  You, as an oral historian, have to convince them that their words and advice can shape the lives of others. That different people will find different things to attach onto.

Every 10 minutes of tape leads to 30-45 minutes of transcribing- it is key to capture the cultural ambiance of it, capture nuances such as language
- Make a moral commitment to accuracy
- Consistent characterization throughout
- After send to an archive, the collections at the archive can show us the changes and similarities across generations.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

This I Believe #3

Post 'em!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Questions for Wednesday 1/21/14

Post your questions here by noon on Wednesday!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Class Notes 1/15

Rich Schein 

Different ways of viewing the cultural landscape:
Art History View: as showing property/wealth
Architecture: buildings/ urban dwellings etc. 
Landscaping: cutting trees, altering the environment 

  • you can look at the design of the landscape, but it is also very important to look at who is behind the landscape. Look at people as writing on the earth. 
  • We all write the landscape, we all alter it in some way. 
  • if we open up the landscape to all people then there are as many meanings to it as there are people. 
  • Landscape can also serve as a place of hanging up our disagreements. 

Landscape as a thing and it’s meaning 
  • Central Park- designed by Olmsted and Vox, man made in NYC. Little bit of nature in a large city, public space. All parks are based off this model. 
  • American Suburbs symbolically represents the American way of life. Leisure and affluence, nuclear family centered, safe and attractive. Mass transit, family values and shopping malls. 
  • effects equity in the work place
  • carbon foot print increased. 
  • people in a suburb may feel apart of a community, but it is often exclusionary. 
  • Gender dimension to the suburbs- mom and kids are at home, dad works.

Fire insurance Map - Rich found his house on an old fire insurance map. The houses next to it were indicated not by a drawing, but simply referenced as “negro dwellings 75ft away”.  These houses weren’t on the map because African Americans couldn’t afford the fire insurance. 
  • While they aren’t their physically on the maps, their presence can be compared to that of a ghost. Their work and labor are evident. 

Frederick Turner- progressive agrarian views - Lexington was a city before the  “pioneer frontier”. 

1860’s in Lexington- African Americans begin to move north or participate in share cropping. 
  • 1940’s/1950’s- Lexington sprawled outward, causing many African Americans to be kicked out of their homes. ex: Cadentown- only preserved because people tapped into the preservation movement. 
Isaac Murphy- won 4 Kentucky derbies, yet is not represented at thoroughbred park. Thomas Tolliver is trying to get this amazing african american jockey recognized with a plaque installation. 

Lyric Theater- a place where jazz music was played in the east end in the 20’s/30’s/40’s. People enjoyed the entertainment regardless of race. 
- restoration was a battle, couldn’t decide what we wanted the space to be. The location itself was caught in the middle of the two side argument. Now is a community theater and events space. 

This I Believe #2

Post them here by 3 on Tuesday!

Friday, January 17, 2014 advance of our conversation with Jim Ziliak...

USDA to add Kentucky to states receiving targeted efforts on poverty--from Lexington Herald-Leader on Friday, January 17, 2014

...following our conversation with Marty...

Kentucky Senate unanimously approves bill aimed at reducing heroin deaths--from Lexington Herald-Leader on Friday, January 17, 2014

Read more here:

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Class Notes 1/8

Notes from Community Engagement Class 1 

Meet at the Bazaar. 

  1. Steven- works at the Bazaar- local bands play there, proceeds from the thrift store and coffee shop go towards a men’s and women’s shelter, night market is hosted on location . 
  1. Marty- North Limestone Neighborhood Association President- found out that the neighborhood had needs unmet while he was working on renovating homes in the neighborhood. 
  • Got involved in the neighborhood in 1998 and in 2000 the North Limestone Neighborhood Association was formed
  • Some of the associations top values include green space, diversity and public arts. 
  • We have a neighborhood tour with Marty Thursday
  1. Griffin- grew up around Bryan Station - as a child was just driving through the NoLi neighborhood his parents told him not to look out the window- perception changed when he moved into the neighborhood in 2006 
  • Arlington School was being torn down, Marty saved it and it went through a 12 million dollar renovation. 

How Lexington became Lexington- people came through lexington by the frontier highway and the Transylvania Land Company, area was critical in the western migration, lots of industrial outcropping and railroads 

  • this industrial and agricultural push led for a need of workforce housing, developed by Joseph Luigard. 
-major development in this are occurred in 1850, 1880 and 1885 

  • This neighborhood was viable until the 1960’s and continued to plummet into the 1980’s due to suburbanization, mass transit, interstates. Multi-modal planning destroyed by urbanization 
  • Many homeowners did not stick out the stagnation that occurred during this period. 
  • Predatory businesses such as liquor stores begin to infiltrate the NoLi neighborhood. They don’t promote stable property and promote the urban decay. Crime, low access to education and lack of employment is the result. 
  • Stella’s Deli opens and the neighborhood has hope 
  • Les Miller buys Al’s Bar, Griffin then starts to buy and renovate other properties in the area in hopes of boosting the image of the neighborhood. 
  • Griffin then takes on the role of the “sign waiver” of NoLi, he engages and connects people in the community. 
  • He then realizes the importance of programming in the neighborhood, begins Bullhorn to change what people think about design in Lexington and Kentucky (Kentucky Kicks Ass campaign)
  • Richard and Griffin then are inspired to apply for a grant that facilitates creative making in neighborhoods- received $425,000 to fix up homes and sell them to artists in hopes of stabilizing the neighborhood even more. 
  1. Richard - Both Richard and Griffin are now going after more grant money for the neighborhood 
Some current things going on include.... 
  • North Limestone Music Works- 23 children at Arlington Elementary have 2-3 hours of music instruction a week, promoting social change through music. Similar programs have had great success and have been shown to improve children’s standardized test scores. 
  • Night Market- artists and makers can come to sell their products and pieces while a street is closed down. Promotes mingling between neighbors and non-neighbors. Large economic impact on the neighborhood. 
  • North Limestone Vibrancy Map- a map with all the businesses on NoLi. These maps will be distributed to the welcome center etc. 

Inspirational Quote from Class- “ Art is not a mirror to reflect reality, but is a hammer to shape it”

Griffin Makes the Front Page of Lexington Herald Leader

Journalist Rich Copley joined us for class on the first Wednesday night. Though you may not have noticed him, he was taking pictures of Griffin and working on an article which was on the front page today.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Blog Assignment #1, 2014

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

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

This I Believe essay #1

Please post your essay here before class on Tuesday. Please also remember to bring a printed copy of your essay to class and be prepared to read it aloud.

Welcome to Community Engagement Through the Arts (CETA) 2014

Welcome to CETA 2013. Now that you have found our class blog, please return to see photographs of what we are up to, get updates about our visitors on Wednesday nights, and follow our collaborative, community-based public art project Northern Lights.