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.

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.