Meaning Making as a Creative Act: Strategies for the Classroom

September 12, 2019, 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Intended audience: 
Academic Support Staff, Faculty, Graduate Students, Instructors, Post-doctoral students, Researchers

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Do your classroom goals include creating space for multiple perspectives and cultivating tolerance for ambiguity? Do you want your students to stay open to the possibility of many "right answers" (or even, "no absolutely right answer")? Do you welcome critical thinking from your students that is deepened by the power of close observation or diverse interpretations? How about connecting students to their own culture, or to the culture of others?

If any of these show up in your teaching goals, you will find value in the role of live works of art in your syllabus. Great works of art can function as beautifully nuanced but completely accessible texts, with the right vocabulary to engage with them and connect them to your core discipline--whether in the humanities or the sciences.

Artistic literacy--an emergent way of engaging with art that embraces audience meaning-making as a creative act-- provides a flexible framework that can deepen your curriculum, create true engagement with core concepts in your discipline, and foster community through both shared experience and individual perspectives.

In this session, you will get an overview of the Artistic Literacy framework, discover how it can connect with your curriculum and research, and join a cohort of instructors and faculty to explore a live performance at Cal Performances in late September.


Registration is unavailable. Registration closed on September 11, 2019 - 5:00pm.


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Series description

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Hosted by the department of Artistic Literacy at Cal Performances, this series showcases examples of successful performing arts-integrated courses at Berkeley and highlights funding opportunities for instructors to propose, develop, and teach innovative, interdisciplinary courses in collaboration with teaching artists and other guests. The series also includes invitations for teaching faculty to attend special Cal Performances events and participate in rich, interdisciplinary conversation.