MA IN ART & SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT (launching in 2015 )
With faculty oversight, mentorship and peer review throughout the program, candidates benefit from the exchange of ideas in shared courses with the MFA in Community Practice program and participate in a culminating symposium event in collaboration with Mural Arts as part of the successful completion of the program and to earn the degree.
Who is an MA in Art & Social Engagement Student at Moore?
Candidates may include:
• Students with backgrounds in Liberal Arts
• Art Administrators
• Museum employees
Candidates may reside outside of Philadelphia in the fall and spring and come to Moore for 6 weeks during the summer terms due to the nature of the program’s full-time instruction at that time. This program encourages a critical place-based approach to these practices in order for candidates to develop deep engagement in contexts of their choosing.
What is required for the thesis?
The program is structured to provide candidates the ability to gain a deeper understanding of art historical, cultural and philosophical theories central to community-based social art practices and levels of engagement in the public sphere while they develop and refine their individual research and assessment skills based on race, cultural and class analysis through the investigation of an essential question related to social engagement within diverse communities. Candidates are expected to conduct comprehensive fieldwork by directly engaging with community organizers, political activists, non-profit organizations and others as a means to broaden their experiential knowledge, and in order to write a well-informed scholarly thesis paper. Each term’s course work requires candidates to participate in documenting their observations of community projects by written assignments, journaling, oral and visual presentations and peer review. Field research and personal discovery will culminate in an original thesis presented as part of Moore’s graduate thesis exhibition. Participation in a public symposium co-hosted by Moore and Mural Arts during the final summer term, will provide candidates for this master’s program to apply their collaborative skills and advocacy across cultures and in arts organizations.
“The Mural Arts/Moore partnership will provide a springboard to Philadelphia, which is uniquely poised to be a laboratory for innovative, collaborative learning for socially engaged creative practice. Starting in summer 2015, opportunities like the planned co-hosted symposium and public convening with artists, curators and community activists will further expose students to influential thought leaders and current trends in socially engaged, community practice on a local and global scale.” Dona Lantz, Academic Dean
The Meal, 2012, Courtesy of City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. Photo by Steve Weinik