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Workshop: Art & Social Responsibility - Discovering Your Role as an Artist

Class Information:

Through this class, we'll go through what the process of finding out what one's mission as an artist is and where/how one can lend his talents to solving a particular problem - could be any that the student is passionate about - by joining forces with an organization. The text, Rainer Maria Rilke's "Letters to a Young Poet" which will be used in the class, will help to guide the student through this process of defining for one's self what one's role as an artist is in the society. 

At the end of the class, the student will have been equipped with the tools to approach an organization for partnership. The final class project will be, using an example provided by the instructor, to send an introductory email to the organization the artist wishes to partner with in order to address a problem that affects society.

Workshop Facilitator Information:

My name is Ayokunle Falomo (pronounced AH-YAW-KOON-LAY FAH-LAW-MAW). I go by Ayo for short. I am a Houston, by way of Nigeria, creative. My medium is poetry and creative writing, and with my art, my mission is to use my pen as a shovel to unearth what makes us human.

Ever since I came about my mission for what I do as a poet, through one of my poems nonetheless, I have been passionate about helping other artists understand how they can create avenues/partner with an individual or group of individuals in an attempt to be responsible socially with what they create. 

I strongly believe in the power of the arts to change a lot about what needs improvement in our society, and there is no greater responsibility than stepping up to do the little one can do to effect those changes. It starts with you!

Deliverable:

To fulfil the requirements for the class project, the student will turn in a screeshot of the email sent to the organization the student wishes to partner with. 

Class Outline:

You can find the class outline at this link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Oy6nFyK-rCskwF3IDKIGLwKfb_Gt6DHDkAk7JlHP6Bo/edit?usp=sharing 

Reccommended Reading:

Letters To A Young Poet
by Rainer Maria Rilke

(can be accessed via: http://www.carrothers.com/rilke_main.htm)

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