Arts

Senior Capstone Students visting the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona,Spain One of the most powerful learning opportunities for a student is studying abroad.  The impactful, sensory experience of being far away ultimately brings us closer to ourselves, naturally offering a platform to examine how we identify and relate to the world around us. 

Queer Rock Camp is an annual summer camp that works to engage LGBTQ-identified youth through performance and musical self-expression, as well as empower youth of diverse backgrounds in peer alliance and community building skills.  Students in this Capstone will examine contemporary social issues related to the lives of LGBTQ youth.  Students will also participate in Queer Rock Camp volunteering, programming & the creation of a final communication plan that will document camp activities to secure on-going community support and sustainability for the camp.

Inside/Out Prison Exchange: Imagining Justice

 

The Music in the Schools capstone introduces elementary aged children involved in SUN (Schools Uniting Neighborhoods) programs to musical games, concepts, instruments, and songs from various cultures around the world.  Basic educational teaching strategies, child development concepts, and pedagogical techniques are developed and then translated by PSU students into fun, interactive lessons that, hopefully, will inspire the children, themselves representing various cultures, to go further into learning about music.  The AM class works at the SUN program based at Alice Ott Middle School and t

Multimedia Production

In Multimedia Production, Capstone students work with a variety of community partners. Students will interact with each other in the class, in different groups, and with a local community demographic primarily through survey and interviews. They will also launch surveys over the internet interacting with remote individuals and groups as well. Students should feel comfortable communicating at high level spoken and written English.

Community-Based Art as a Force for Social Change  What can art do? This course will examine the potential that creative acts have to effect social, political,local and personal change through the social application of art in the context of an arts program geared towards homeless and transitional populations facilitated and directed by PSU students.

In this Capstone, students will work intensively to create written work individually and in collaboration with others. Students will investigate a variety of forms and sources of writing as mechanisms for both personal expression and social change, will generate new writing in weekly writing group sessions, will serve as writing partners/coaches with each other, and will work cooperatively in small groups to design and complete writing projects in collaboration with community partners.

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