The CFA is committed to elevating the place of art and artists at Wesleyan in ways that innovatively strengthen teaching, student learning, and artmaking. We are also re-imagining the role of artists’ engagement in curricular and co-curricular life. Like scholars in other fields, generative performing artists need time for research and development. The current pressured cycle of commission-premiere-tour does not allow time for artists to percolate ideas and interact with experts in other disciplines to advance their research and thinking. College campuses can serve as the incubators of new works, offering performing artists opportunities to step back, reflect, explore, and experiment outside the pressures of running companies and ongoing producing.
It is the Center for the Arts' belief that:
- Infusing the arts into other disciplines allows students to draw on their personal experiences, which adds dimension and impact to their learning.
- Art-making allows for ensemble learning and diminishes the hierarchy between student and teacher.
- Art helps students think about their thinking.
- Kinesthetic learning shortens the distance to knowledge and enriches the knowing.
- Today’s problems are too complex to be solved by distinct disciplines; we need integrated approaches and we need leaders who can draw on multiple knowledge sets. Teaching students via art-embedded courses prepares them for the challenges of the future.
Crossing Disciplines describes our efforts to integrate artists into the curricular and co-curricular life at Wesleyan. Our initiative includes modules, courses, performances, and other collaborative projects that are designed to generate academic and artistic connections among students, faculty, and artists.This website is an opportunity to give viewers examples of how Wesleyan has been exploring the integration of artists across campus.