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Intermedia Artist in Community

This interdisciplinary practice-based research seminar is centered on students participating in internships at Iowa City nonprofit organizations. The course, open to upper-division and graduate students, is comprised of fieldwork and class seminars. Initial meetings identify issues of artists working in communities, and describe the local nonprofit landscape. Related readings focus on artists and civic engagement, and the new roles available to artists in society. Over the semester, students work with local nonprofits, applying their skills and abilities to a variety of collaborative projects. Class and individual meetings allow students to report on their experiences and get peer and instructor feedback on their internships. Discussions also look at the broader issues of community practice. Assignments include keeping an electronic journal, producing an interim report, individual projects, and completing a final portfolio. Grading is based on individual projects, attendance, and participation.