The Faculty of Culture + Community

Students from a Community Projects class
Posted: Mon, 2013-03-04 07:59

The Faculty of Culture + Community forges meaningful and engaged partnerships with community organizations, institutions, industry and universities. These partnerships inspire innovative curriculum that responds to changing social conditions. Comprised of diverse curriculum areas including the Foundation program, Critical + Cultural Studies and the CRCP Major, Community Projects and the interdisciplinary SPACE (Social Practice and Community Engagement) Minor, this faculty offers students experiential learning opportunities in a variety of community contexts.

Through community projects, Emily Carr students gain direct experience with cross-disciplinary practices while focusing on real world issues and problems through applied art, media and design. Community projects offer students the opportunity to utilize their knowledge and skill as creative practitioners, develop community networks and provide meaningful service to citizen groups, non-profit organizations, arts groups the public school system and other related organizations. Faculty knowledgeable in social practice, facilitate these projects in collaboration with supportive community partners.

Community project courses focus on issues related to social and ecological sustainability, health and education in partnerships with organizations such as: Vancouver School Board, David Suzuki Foundation, Doctor Peter AIDS Foundation, Pivot Legal Foundation, Elections BC, South Hill BIA, and City Studio with the City of Vancouver. These organizations share an interest in addressing issues in their communities by raising awareness and exploring different solutions or possibilities with creative practitioners.

Community project courses offered this spring include:

Natural Capital with Sarah Van Borek
Natural Capital is a media arts-based public education project in partnership with Canada's leading environmental organization, the David Suzuki Foundation (DSF). Through a dynamic and collaborative approach to documentary practices, students will build meaningful community connections and create digital narratives featuring diverse community perspectives on nature's benefits in Vancouver.

Art + Pedagogy with Holly Schmidt
Art + Pedagogy is an education project offered in partnership with the Vancouver School Board. Students have the opportunity to develop and deliver an art program for elementary school students as part of the West 1 Community School Team’s after-school programming initiative.

Food Not Bombs with Natalie Doonan (on-line)
This course is offered in collaboration with Food Not Bombs who has been recovering and sharing free vegan or vegetarian food with the public in over 1,000 cities internationally, since 1980.  Students will learn how to apply their unique skills as practicing artists, in working with issues of social, and especially food justice.