The Certificate in Community Arts Practices (CAP) at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture positions students for an expanded civic role and arts-based field work in communities. The certificate combines critical and technical classwork led by a faculty of artists with workshops, intergenerational forums, exchanges of ideas with local partners and interdisciplinary projects based on direct engagement with communities.
The four-course CAP certificate, available at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, affords students opportunities to expand their artistic disciplines and become active community collaborators. Through a transformative pedagogy that is based in an unfolding auto-ethnographic process, students research their own identities around intersecting issues of race, class and national/religious heritages. They create a cycle of artworks informed by oral histories, visual materials and cultural practices emerging from their communities of origin, that are both ancestral and contemporary, building resonance and points of connection with the community cultures and issues they encounter in their field work.