May 2016

June 2016 Community News and Events

Photos courtesy of Friends of Aiyyana Maracle. Celebrating the Life of Aiyyana Maracle Former MFAIA-VT community member Aiyyana Maracle was a multi-disciplinary artist, scholar, educator, and a great-grandma 4-times over; a sovereign Haudenosaunee woman. For half-a-century, Aiyyana was actively involved with the merging of Ogwehoweh art and culture into the Euro-centric world and consciousness that surrounds us. She had been […]

MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts Info Sessions May 13, 24 and June 1, 9, 2016

  MFA alumni transform their communities! Meet our alumni guests to hear about how the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts has made a difference in their careers and in their lives. We look forward to speaking with you and taking your questions. Video conference: May 13, 4:00pm (EDT) / 1:00pm (PDT) Phone conference: May 24, 6:30pm […]

MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts Advanced Workshop in Performance Creation

This semester my colleague, Rachael Van Fossen, and I have been co-facilitating a group study titled Advanced Workshop in Performance Creation. While the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts program is best known for offering a way for students to pursue self-directed learning in one-to-one dialogue with a faculty advisor, increasingly the program’s Vermont site is offering […]

April 2016

April 2016 Community News and Events

Left – Rising: Small World Map, detail of work in progress. Center – Sharon Siskin introduces graduates during the MFAIA-WA Spring 2016 Commencement Ceremony. Right – Where There is Life — mirror, wood, herbs, seeds, 62”x 66” 12”, 1994. Photos courtesy of Sharon Siskin.  Activities with Sharon Siskin MFAIA-WA Faculty Advisor Sharon Siskin recently exhibited an installation entitled: Where There […]

March 2016

Goddard College MFAIA Info Sessions for Fall 2016 Admissions

What’s That You Tried To Say? – an experimental work on playwright Samuel Beckett instigated by alumnus Mark O’Maley Information Sessions Vermont Site: Join Peter Hocking, the MFAIA-VT faculty admissions liaison, and Chip Cummings, the MFAIA admissions counselor, to learn more about the program. We’re offering hour-long conference calls on the following dates: May 24, 06:30 […]

February 2016

Art Animates Social Consciousness—Jazz, Basketry and Burlesque

One week after the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts (MFAIA) residency in Vermont and the day before she upstaged Coldplay in the Super Bowl halftime show, Beyoncé released “Formation,” her first new song in over a year. The next day, she “slayed” the halftime show in a pointed act of semiotic and political acumen. With the […]

January 2016

February 2016 Community News and Events

Photo Credit: Su-Ying Lee and Jennifer L. Davis How To Make Space and Female Migrant Domestic Workers in Hong Kong Curated by Jennifer Davis & Su-Ying Lee, How To Make Space is an exhibition that frames the temporary architectures built by Hong Kong’s population of female migrant domestic workers (MDWs) as gestures of female spatial […]

December 2015

Artist As Witness

While talking with my friend, Catharine Slusar (MFAIA 2015), about her recent production of Erik Ehn’s The Saint Plays, she mentioned that the Greek etymology of the word martyr is ‘to witness.’ Having just completed the principle work on an MFA in Creative Writing, in which one thread of my inquiry was focused on the […]

November 2015

December 2015 Community News and Events

October 2015 was a very busy month for MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts-Washington Faculty Advisor Seitu Jones. On October 9th & 10th he moderated a panel on food justice and spoke about his work at Harvard’s Black In Design conference. From October 12th through the 16th he was artist in residence for the Athens Arts Commission’s Public Art Planning […]

Living Within Tension: Collaborative Learning in the Arts

In his essay, “Thirteen Ways of Looking at Community,” Parker Palmer writes, “The most common connotation of the word community in our culture is intimacy, but this is a trap.” Too often I fall for the trap, avoiding a more complicated reality. Unlike intimacy, which is always a choice, and which requires reciprocity, in the […]