SPRING 2015    |    Interdisciplinary Artist in Residence


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Course: Design Studies/Art/Dance/Theatre & Drama 469/Chican@ & Latin@ Studies 330/Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies (LACIS) 440

Topic Title: Community Arts Practice

Instructor: Laura Anderson Barbata, Spring 2015 Artist in Residence

UW Instructor of Record: Carolyn Kallenborn, Design Studies Department

Day/Time: Wednesdays 6-8pm and Fridays 8:50-11:50am

Location: Wednesdays, meets before Weekly Community Conversations (locations here); Fridays, in 3254 Nancy Nicholas Hall

Limit: 20

Credits: 3

Prereq: Consent required. The application deadline has passed, but there may be a small number of spots still available. Please email Jay (jay.burlingham@wisc.edu) if you are interested in enrolling in the course.


Barbata will teach a course intended to be a collaboration incubator. While the students in the course will be artists, designers, dancers, historians, theatrical performers, and musicians, they will work on how to meaningfully engage other students, other classes, and community organization so that the final event is something larger and broader than the usual reach of a single course.

This final event will be a large public Caribeean carnival-like procession in downtown Madison. While it will have roots in the traditions of various cultures, it will not be a folkloric performance, but rather a contemporary intervention relevant to the Madison community. It will have parade-like aspects, but it will be more improvisational and interactive than performative per se. The performance of the event itself is only one aspect. The collaboration leading up to it and what happens afterwards are just as important. Barbata and her students will work with various departments on the UW–Madison campus, as well as community groups, in order to create the final event.