The community arts minor introduces students to the field of socially-engaged art practices and is designed for students interested in merging social activism, creative work, performance, teaching, and community development.

Students will learn how to identify, approach, and construct classes for community sites, including youth organizations, schools, and afterschool programs, as well as institutions serving other populations through the arts in a community setting. Students will examine the processes of creative thinking, community involvement, collaborative enterprise, research, and education in community arts.

Through this minor, students explore training in at least two different arts disciplines and develop their learning through service learning experiences in a supervised practicum pursuing their own art projects in the community.

See how our students engage with the community

Our Intro to Arts in the Community class built a community-based art habitat in Springfield.

Group of students working of the frame of a building
Studying Community Arts at Springfield College