Site/Environment/Communities

We are a group of SAIC students and faculty working together to create sustainable art and design projects informed by and in response to local communities.

We are currently engaged with communities on the South Side, Logan Square, West Side, and sites at Grand/Maine (near the chocolate factory).

We will examine strategies for working on site, gaining an understanding of the complex intersection of the social, cultural, built, and natural environment that is so essential to the creation of artist’s interventions, independently or in collaboration with others, in and out of the art world. Working individually and in groups, students will conduct research, critically and creatively analyze site, identify opportunities and issues, and develop and present project proposals. The specifics of location, materials, communities, participants, partnering institutions, funding and facilitation will be identified throughout this process. This course provides pragmatic preparation for actually undertaking projects outside of the studio.

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