11 July 2009

Call & Response Artwork #1.

MICA MACA students are expected to integrate their own art making/artwork into their work with youth during the Summer Session. This engagement may take many forms and serve various functions--but is expected to embody the essence of a "call-and-response" experience.

Call-and-response is a form of "spontaneous verbal and non-verbal interaction between speaker and listener in which all of the statements ("calls") are punctuated by expressions ("responses") from the listener.

In African cultures, call and response is a pervasive pattern of democratic participation -- in public gatherings, in the discussion of civic affairs, in religious rituals, as well as in vocal and instrumental musical expression. It is this tradition that African men and women have transmitted over the years in various forms of expression -- in religious observance, public gatherings, even in children's rhymes, and, most notably, in music: gospel, blues, rhythm and blues, jazz and jazz extensions, hip-hop, and go-go.

MACA students are expected to create artwork by any medium necessary, paralleling CRAFT, on a weekly basis to be critiqued.


Contact: Cultivate trust, mutual understanding and commitment as a foundation for your creative partnership.

Research: Gather information about the people, places and issues you are working with.

Action: Produce a new work that benefits the community.

Feedback: Spark community reflection, dialogue and organizing to spread the impact.

Teaching: Pass on new community-building skills to sustain the impact.

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