What is it about?

Community-based studio art courses address systemic change in rural America by collaborating in art-making with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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Why is it important?

Many rural communities lack or are deficient in social services. By bringing universities courses into their communities, we can address these inadequacies and provide students with real-world experience and leadership skills.


Working on this project has been the most rewarding in my twenty years of teaching. I have seen huge changes in my students that a typical on-campus course does not provide. I believe this is the change that universities and professors need to help address change in our society.

Amy Schmierbach
Fort Hays State University

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This page is a summary of: Shift: Moving art classes into rural America, Visual Inquiry, June 2021, Intellect, DOI: 10.1386/vi_00031_1.
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