Interdisciplinary and Global Approaches to Arts Appreciation

By Charlotte Collins, Edward Eanes and Karen Robinson.

Published by The Arts Collection

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Contemporary visual and performing artists have increasingly turned to interdisciplinary forms and global cross-fertilization in the development of artistic work. Those who are both arts educators and practitioners recognize the significant role the arts play in fostering global understanding, as well as the importance of educating future audiences to comprehend and appreciate the connections across aesthetic disciplines. In response to these trends, Kennesaw State University’s arts appreciation faculty have chosen to feature interdisciplinary and global learning components as central ingredients in course design and delivery. In a panel prepared for the International Symposium on the Arts in Society, three KSU professors who design the arts appreciation courses in music, theatre/performance studies, and visual art presented a spectrum of student projects, audience-interactive arts events, and assessment instruments that foster interdisciplinary and global learning.

Keywords: Global, Interdisciplinary, Arts Appreciation

The International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp.27-30. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 484.786KB).

Prof. Charlotte Collins

Associate Professor of Art, College of The Arts Core Coordinator, Visual Arts Department, College of the Arts, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA, USA

Professor Charlotte Collins has taught art for all age levels including K-12 and Higher Education (College and University) since 1978. She has served as the College of the Arts Core Coordinator for the Department of Visual Arts at Kennesaw State University since 2002. As a member of the General Education Council, she is in charge of the curriculum for the Arts in Society: Visual Arts courses for the university. She also currently serves on the F.A.T.E. curriculum guidelines committee for arts foundation courses, and helps plan curriculum for 2-D Design courses. Her Teaching Lessons can be found in the McGraw-Hill On-Line Learning Site that supplements Mark Getlein’s Living With Art textbook.

Dr. Edward Eanes

Assistant Professor of Music, College of the Arts, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA, USA

Professor Edward Eanes is currently an Assistant Professor of Music History and Coordinator for Arts in Society: Music at Kennesaw State University. After completing degrees in violin performance at Furman University and Florida State University, Eanes received a Ph.D. in Musicology from Louisiana State University in 1995. In 1999, Scarecrow Press published his book Giuseppe Ferrata: Emigré Pianist and Composer. Other publications include articles in the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians and reviews for MLA Notes. He has presented papers at the national conferences of the College Music Society, the Society for American Music, the Music Library Association, and the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities.

Prof. Karen Robinson

Associate Professor, Department of Theatre and Performance Studies, College of the Arts, Kennesaw State University, Atlanta, GA, USA

Professor Karen Robinson is a director, dramaturg, and Associate Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies at Kennesaw State University where she serves as a resident stage director and coordinator of the department's general education course: Arts in Society: Theatre and Performance. She has worked as director, dramaturg, and/or stage manager for educational and professional theatres in New York City, North Carolina, California, and Georgia. An Associate Artist with Georgia Shakespeare in Atlanta, she has directed over 13 productions for the company. In 2005, she directed a world premier adaptation of the Chinese folk novel Monkey King that toured to Shanghai. Professor Robinson holds an M.F.A. in Directing from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.

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