Creating Community Through Art: English 1102, Fall 2018 and Spring 2019
Author: Emily Boyle, M.A.T.
The purpose of the service-learning (S-L) component of this course was to engage CCGA students with the St. Marys Children’s Theatre (SMCT), a non-profit organization that provides multiple experiences in the arts to children from elementary school age to adults. At the beginning of the semester, SMCT representatives visited our class to explain their mission and offer ways for us to participate with them. In addition, much of our coursework this semester will focus on how many different forms of art, from literature to theater, can address social, political and economic concerns within a community. Students attended SMCT performances, advertised those performances, and volunteered for various SMCT events. They were required to reflect on these experiences, particularly addressing how the theatre, as an art form, builds community.