Teaching Social Practice Conference
Saturday, October 14, 2017. Noon-6pm
Location: Zeiterion Theatre, 684 Purchase St, New Bedford, MA 02740,
Cost: Free + lunch provided for those who registered by Sept 15, 2017
(walk-in seating without lunch available on the day of the event)
Event contact/coordinator: Ellen Mueller,
The conference will start with lunch and introductions, followed by presentations, activities, and a project/assignment exchange, all related to teaching social practice. Also, Emma Colburn will be organizing a family project space (a child-friendly, family-friendly space) during the conference - more info below.
[sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development, the Leduc Center for Civic Engagement, and the CVPA Dean's Office]
PRESS RELEASE URL:
Social Media Hashtags: #tspConference #umassdcvpa
Pre-registration for the event/lunch closed September 15, 2017. Some overflow seating (without lunch) is available on the day of the event.
// Group-Sourced Social Practice Reading List:
// Project/Assignment Exchange:
To participate, simply send a PDF or Word Document of a project to
- everyone who submits a project will receive a packet of all the submitted projects.
// Ride-sharing is available: Email
to gain access to the list of people offering/requesting rides.
For those traveling from further away that might like to lengthen their stay, there will be events in and around the region before and after the conference.
||-|| Mark Dion symposium at Northeastern University - Boston, MA - October 12-13, 2017
||-|| Roz Crews is programming a Sunday morning session and discussion about political art and activism in the classroom on October 15, 2017 at the New Bedford Art Museum, 608 Pleasant St, New Bedford, MA 02740.
Following the discussion, there will be a free lunch provided by the "Center for Undisciplined Research," a project organized by UMASS Dartmouth’s 2017-2018 Artist-in-Residence Roz Crews. To register for Sunday’s activities, or for details about how to get involved with the Center, email Roz at
Center for Undisciplined Research:
New Bedford Art Museum:
||-|| On Sunday October 15th, 1:30-3PM in the Star Store Lecture Hall (room 144), the Center for Undisciplined Research presents: A Field Guide to [Spatial] Intimacy (A workshop) from The Book of Everyday Instruction, Chapter Four: It’s amazing we don’t have more fights with Chloë Bass. To attend, please sign-up by emailing
FAMILY PROJECT SPACE
This is an ongoing learning space during the conference offering activities for children of parents attending workshops and exploring how documentation can be used to construct theory. Drawing from similarities between the radical pedagogies of Reggio Emilia and the Social Practice cannon, we will use processes of recording our surroundings to deepen our inquiries of, and connections to, the landscapes surrounding us for the day. You are welcome to drop in (and drop off) anytime! All ages are invited to participate. Materials will be provided. Pre-registration for the FPS encouraged but not required. Ask questions or pre-register by contacting Emma at
PRESENTATIONS / ACTIVITIES
Presentations are documented at this link, and each presenter is listed with a time-stamp for easy reference:
||-|| M. Michelle Illuminato // Portland State University -
---- Presentation: "Going Outside" and The Line project at Alfred University
||-|| Amanda Leigh Evans // Artist -
---- Presentation: Collaborative life/art in an affordable housing community
||-|| Katie Kehoe // VisArts to Adjunct Faculty, Department of Sculpture and Extended Media at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) -
---- Presentation: Criteria for considering socially engaged art
||-|| Marin Abell // Metropolitan State University of Denver -
---- Presentation: enhancing awareness, looking more closely, listening as it relates to teaching social practice
||-|| Jeff Kasper // Queens College, CUNY
---- Presentation: Action Art: student-led social practice projects in action.
||-|| Roz Crews // Artist in Residence at UMASS Dartmouth -
---- Activity: facilitating collaborative projects with a classroom of students
||-|| Lucia Monge // Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University, Nature Lab staff -
---- Presentation: interdisciplinary collaboration
||-|| Cat Tyc // CUNY (Laguardia, Bronx Community College) -
---- Presentation: CONSUME (s) ME project
||-|| Sidney Stretz // University of North Carolina Greensboro -
---- Presentation: failure in social practice
||-|| Karen Gergley // Graceland University -
---- Activity: power and privilege in the classroom
||-|| Adam Carlin // University of North Carolina Greensboro -
---- Presentation: Methods for creating experiential programs for University content, and how the model of a project space is well suited for a University
||-|| Melanie Crean // Parsons School of Design (The New School University) -
---- Presentation: social justice curriculum based on visual narrative & performance
||-|| Ross Schlemmer // Southern Connecticut State University -
---- Presentation: Social Practice and Pedagogical Intervention: Interrupting Conditions of Inequality
||-|| Chloë Bass // Queens College, CUNY -
---- Presentation/Activity: building conversational practices (between collaborative partners, within small groups, with people who are "above" us, with community, and with the media)
||-|| Molly Sherman // Texas State University -
---- Presentation: Collaborative Books and Participatory Publishing
||-|| Ruth Burke // Independent Artist -
---- Presentation: ethics of navigating communities involving farmers/livestock
||-|| Jane D. Marsching // Massachusetts College of Art and Design -
---- Presentation: Climate communities, resilience, and social practice
||-|| Carol Padberg // University of Hartford -
---- Presentation: Exchange not Extraction: Developing a Practical Ethics of Engagement
||-|| Emma Colburn and Kristi Oliver
---- Presentation: Summary of the Family Project Space, and invitation to attend pop-up exhibition
REGISTRATION FOR LUNCH IS NOW CLOSED
Overflow seating on the day of the event (without lunch) is available - email
for more information.
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