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LEAP 660 - Arts Collaboration and the Community

  • 3 credits
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Join us this summer for a 'special edition' of LEAP 660,  Arts Collaboration and the Community, a course focused on building partnerships that deliver powerful community-focused programs and projects. For the summer, this course will include a community mural project to be managed and completed by the students. The course will be conducted during the 8-week summer term (June 12-August 6) and will focus on how to work with communities in identifying, designing, and delivering powerful and transformative arts programming and initiatives. The campus mural will be a real-life "laboratory" experience around how to successfully manage and deliver large-scale projects that can shape a community.  As a real-life exploration around partnership development, this course is being offered in collaboration with a number of other university partners.

Given the shortened summer term, there will be two class meetings weekly for content and assignment discussion. There will also be outside requirements as the class manages the development and execution of this highly visible and dynamic mural project. In particular, the last three weeks of the course will included more hands-on time outside of class as we complete that mural painting project.


David Pyle

David's 35-year career in the arts and business has been fueled by his education in music, painting, and chemistry. He's managed consumer brands in the artist's products category, serving as Director of Marketing for Winsor+Newton and then Brand Director for Liquitex. In 2000, his book, What Every Artist Needs to Know About Paints and Colors, was published by Krause. He served as a founding board member for Colorado Bach Ensemble. Over the last 15 years, he’s served as Publisher for the largest media brands in the fine art-making and crafting categories, most recently as Senior Vice President/Group Publisher with F+W Media managing The Artist’s Magazine, American Artist, Watercolor Artist, Interweave Knits, Love of Quilting and, online,, ArtistsNetwork.TV, and and more. Through it all he's continued to paint and he just finished a project with the Central City Opera as "Painter in Residence,” producing a series of watercolors for their 2021 season. In 2020, he left the corporate media world and launched a number of art-making initiatives, a new marketing services group called Pyle Creative Studio, and a series of educational resources for the art and science community.