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LEAP 200 - Advocacy in the Visual and Performing Arts (AUCC 3C)

  • 3 credits
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The importance of the role of advocacy for the arts, issues of censorship, public funding, arts education, and artists' advocacy through the arts.

Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate good understanding of political institutions and their role in the arts.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the perils of censorship at the international, national, state, and local levels, including impact on policy advocacy using the arts.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the intersection of public policies with everyday life in the context of the arts and arts advocacy.
  • Evaluate the role of the arts in public education, and in fostering civic engagement, political engagement, and the exercise of democracy, especially for advocacy purposes.
  • Identify and assess the various roles played by visual and performing artists as engaged citizens in using the arts to affect society and as a medium for public discourse.
  • Implement relevant strategies and rhetorical skills useful in advocacy activities through an understanding of policy cycles and government institutions.

This course meets the All-University Core Curriculum (AUCC) requirements for Social/Behavioral Sciences (Category 3C).

Textbooks and Materials

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Emelie Borello
Emelie Borello

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Emelie Borello is currently an instructor for the undergraduate LEAP courses and a recent graduate from the LEAP master’s degree program. She has a strong background in management, human resources, and project planning as well as a decade of experience as a director and designer in the local Fort Collins community theatre. In addition to teaching, Emelie is working toward her PhD in the study of festivals and the communities that they serve, as well as continuing research in the field of theatre and its relationship to audience experiences.