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The Creative Activist

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Course DatesMeeting TimesStatusInstructor(s)CRNRegistration
June 29, 2020 - July 10, 20206/29 - 7/10M-F 9A-3PCancelledKali Quinn

Course Description

Where do you come from? How does this history this shape who you are, what you care about, and what/how/why you create? How do you channel your unique perspective into creating art that makes a positive difference for yourself and your communities? Students in this course will have the opportunity to discover and explore the various mediums of artistic expression in order to empower, stretch, and strengthen their voice as a socially responsible, multi-disciplined artist/creative practitioner.

Students will also have an opportunity experience a collaborative community where they will share their past creative projects and activist interests along with learning about the projects and interests of their peers and their instructor, along with powerful local guest art organizations and individual activists. The course will include reading and writing assignments and in-class discussions, as well as research into the creative contributions within American social movements and the creative cornerstones of each student's home community.

The class will view and create original movement/dance, performance/theatre, poetry/creative writing/spoken word, sound/music, and image/visual art/film activist pieces toward the creation of their own hybrid-art solo showing - a presentation that will lead into their action plan proposal at the end of the course. Students will leave this course prepared to mobilize community around their socially conscious, value-based, creative practice in their home and school settings. Technique and theoretical foundations from this course could be applied to personal fulfillment/interest, college-level scholarship in the arts, a pre-professional artistic career, arts education, or in grassroots community organizing/activist spaces.

This course is part of the Leadership Institute, a two-week academic program that helps students cultivate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes associated with effective and socially responsible leadership. This unique program consists of three integrated elements: academic content, leadership development, and the Action Plan. Our students are thoughtful and compassionate youth who are interested in social issues and creating positive change. Enrollment in this program requires several hours of online engagement prior to campus arrival. This online participation may be completed at any time where internet access is available. Once on campus, participants can look forward to full days in a community of engaged and curious learners.

Additional programmatic information may be found here.

Prerequisites: This course is open to experienced artists and those with little experience in the arts. While experience in the arts is not required, a willingness to take creative risks and engage with the group is expected.

Instructor Biography

Kāli Quinn is a facilitator of Compassionate Creativity through teaching, performing, writing, creating installations and community dialogue, and mentoring devised/solo work and emerging artists. Kali currently teaches theater at MIT and has previously taught within the Brown University/Trinity Rep MFA Program, Brown University, and acted as Stateside Faculty for Accademia dell’Arte (Arezzo, Italy). Her two solo shows and intergenerational workshops have been seen within Narrative Medicine contexts at Wake Forest Medical Center, Duke University, Lehigh University, the Full Circle Festival (VT), The Gathering of Kindness (PA), Johnson and Wales Physician Assistant Program, and the Brown University Creative Medicine Series, along with off-off Broadway and festivals throughout the US. Kali was the founder/co-artistic director of GUTWorks, a theater and multimedia company (NYC) and she has recently created performances with students at Mississippi University for Women, Bucknell University, and at The McDonogh School. She has also worked with The Pearl Theater Company, Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble, Celebration Barn, MOTH Contemporary Circus Center, New England Center for Circus Arts, Southeastern Theater Conference, Coastal Carolina University, UCSB, Dickinson College, Boston University, Emory College, Bowdoin College, Connecticut College, and Vermont Academy, along with Clowns Without Borders in Guatemala/El Salvador and Grupo Galpão in Brazil. In addition to publishing chapters on physical dramaturgy and artistic innovation, Kali completed and home-toured her new teaching memoir, I Am Compassionate Creativity, throughout the US in 2016. Kali served on the Board for the Network of Ensemble Theaters from 2009-2014 and received training at the University of Rochester, with an MFA in Ensemble-Based Physical Theater from the Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre. Kali is most passionate about traveling and seeing kindness and beauty at every turn. Kali shares what she witnesses with the hope to remind us all to care for one another and our planet.

Course Information

  • Course Code: CETA0921
  • Length: 2 weeks

Program Information

Leadership Institute

Two-week non-credit residential program focused on socially responsible leadership and creating positive change. For students completing grades 9-12 by June 2020.

Program cancelled.

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