Pedagogy of Civic Practice and Public Performance Conference

We are thrilled to invite you to the Pedagogy of Civic Practice and Public Performance Conference, which will be hosted November 9-10, 2018, at the Department of Theatre in the Drake Performance and Event Center at The Ohio State University.

There are many different approaches to what is commonly referred to as "outreach and engagement" and even more approaches to how it is taught. Guided by the principles set forth by the Center for Performance and Civic Practice in 2012, we want to embrace the national move toward community engagement that requires equal partnership between artist and  the community. Civic practice, as defined by the CPCP  "refers to projects that bring artists into collaboration and co-design with community partners and local residents around a community-defined aspiration, challenge or vision."

In that same spirit, this convening aims to bring together local and regional stakeholders from the College of Arts and Sciences, who are undertaking work that incorporates performance into civic practice and engagement. This event allows us to draw upon our collective expertise so that we can develop an interdisciplinary graduate-level certificate in Civic Practice and Public Performance, open to students at Ohio State and professionals around the nation, building upon and supporting cutting-edge university engagement initiatives.

Together, we will:

  • articulate and define the terms of civic practice and performance, and how such practice is deployed across disciplines and professions.
  • share current best practices in the field.
  • amplify the core Discovery Theme belief that "our outstanding faculty, devoted university campuses, and engaged partners connect to form and scale teams that translate knowledge into solutions. 

It is a passion to ask questions yet to be asked and tackle problems yet to be solved."

This convening will employ collaborative approaches to making and solving through being led by its attendees. Using a structured set of meetings and times, together we will identify our shared priorities and how our varying perspectives reach towards the same goals.

  • Prior to the conference, attendees will contribute to agenda-setting discussion boards and review short reading materials.
  • At the conference, attendees will present their work to each other and then break into small groups centered on three topics: pedagogy, practice, and research.
  • Following an intial survey of the landscape, we will then collectively set the rest of the weekend's agenda as a response to these initial discussions.

Registration is closed but please contact Karie Miller to be informed of future events!

Also of interest this semester, the Department of Theatre is holding a Shakespeare and Autism Workshop that is open to the public on Saturday, November 17th. See the workshop webpage for additional details.

We hope you’ll join us for this important conversation. Your presence and input are what make the time we’ll spend together so valuable. Should you be unable to attend, you will be missed but not forgotten. See the PDF icon list of attendees to see who will be particpating.

If you have questions about the conference, please contact Karie Miller.

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