Summer 2017 Multi-Arts Collectives
Under the auspices of the Creative Arts Across Disciplines project, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Vassar has offered opportunities over the next several summers for multidisciplinary teams of two or more students to work on creative arts or design-based projects. CAAD’s summer multi-arts collectives were eight-week programs for Vassar students, faculty mentors, and visiting artisits. Students with majors in different departments collaborated to realize proposed project ideas under the guidance and encrouagement of project mentors.
- Projects that involve students majoring in at least two different disciplines, at least one from the arts.
- Projects taking place mainly on campus and may involve presentation or engagement with the Poughkeepsie-area community.
- A culmination of the project in something that is presented on campus or in the Poughkeepsie area during the coming academic year, preferably in the fall. It can be in the forms of performance, installation, activity, intervention, community or educational initiative, etc.
- Projects that tie in some way with CAAD’s programming focus on the senses.
Over the course of eight weeks, 5 students from different majors worked with each other, their faculty mentors, and two artists-in-residence to answer questions, collect data, and make plans to produce their research into projects that could be shared with the campus community in the fall.
Professor Lisa Brawley served as faculty mentor to both projects, guest artists Courtney Starret and Susan Reiser were visiting mentors.
Each week of the prorgam consisted of a critique for all participants (including the guest artists and their project), open studio hours, and individual meetings. Both student projects presented their work alongside the guest artist installation (Intersections) to create a show in Vassar's Palmer Gallery.
Students: Jake Brody, Noah Trueblood
Faculty Mentor: Lisa Brawley