Virtual and Site-based Community Arts Collaborative

By: Heidi Powell  

This paper addresses a case study in connecting community arts between global sites, students, scholars, and arts practice in a hybrid model of on-site and virtual engagement. This case study uses the foundation of Culture Mapping and Immersive Experiences as a point of synchronous and asynchronous exploration for virtual and on-site collaborative global research and learning in art education. It is inclusive of community arts experiences as well as researching local arts practice incorporating health and wellness and heritage memory (Powell, 2017). The paper discloses research, design and implementation as a place of virtual exchange for global arts research practice and learning through sound walks, social and culture mapping collaborations and creative arts practice. Aveling (2012) states that “we have to learn to conduct research in ways that meet the needs of Indigenous communities [all communities] and are non-exploitative, culturally appropriate and inclusive…” (p. 203). The virtual exchange format allows for others to engage in culturally immersive experiences (remote and on-site) as a collaborative endeavor while researching and learning where immersion and collaboration create meaningful ways of coming to know and understand global arts communities that researchers and participants are not traditionally a part of in an ethical way (Elliott, D. J., Silverman, M., & Bowman, W. D., 2016). This case study called “The Collabratory,” is supported through Arts-based Research (Blandy, D. & Bolin, P., 2003) and reveals the facets of the project as it relates to creative practice, arts learning, and engagement through collaborative technology.

Virtual, Technology, Arts-based Research, Arts Practice, Culture, Creative Engagement, Global
New Media, Technology and the Arts
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session

Heidi Powell

Director, Art and Art History, University of Florida, United States
United States