Art professor Kurt Gohde started the community engagement program in 2008 as a way to use art to connect Transylvania with the surrounding community. Each year, more and more community members have attended the classes, which Gohde encourages.
“The class is based on the idea that art can be used to create a dialogue about things that need to be discussed but maybe are uncomfortable to discuss in other ways,” Gohde said. “The idea is to go into the community, go to neighborhood association meetings, talk to people, and figure out how they define their primary concerns. We collaborate with as many groups and individuals as we can in the community to address those concerns.”
In each of its years, the Community Engagement Through the Arts program, taught by art professor Kurt Gohde and English professor Kremena Todorova, has grown. Some of their projects have included curating an exhibition from collections found in the neighborhood, quilt making, and installing murals in the local area.
Check out Transy's Community Engagement Through the Arts program on their blogspot.