In IAS, we talk a lot about how UW Bothell can contribute to the sustainable and just development of the region where it is located. This aspiration is sometimes captured in the term “anchor institution,” which refers to institutions that intentionally partner with other community organizations and individuals to build public services and capacity across a region.
In this edition of Intersections, we focus on three stories that demonstrate what this aspiration can mean in practice. They differ in their focus: two IAS faculty members who ran a course that brought internationally-known artists to campus; three IAS students’ experience as media-makers in that course; an IAS alum working in the City of Bellevue. What they have in common is a focus on arts as a medium and method for inquiry and discovery, for learning across social and cultural differences, and for engaging social change.
Our faculty feature examines Global Media Lab, an intensive media production class co-taught by Artists-in-Residence Anida Yoeu Ali and Masahiro Sugano. Global Media Lab gave students opportunities to engage with a national and international selection of professional artists, collaborating in the production of video and live performance to support these artists’ visions.
Our student feature extends the focus on Global Media Lab by highlighting the experiences of three of the twenty two students who took the spring 2018 class. Read about what it was like to collaborate on 14 film projects in one quarter from the students’ perspective. You can also view a selection of videos the class produced.
Our alumni feature turns to the career of Master in Cultural Studies graduate Josh Heim as he has built cultural systems to diversify artistic production and access to the arts. Josh applies the perspectives he gained through the Master of Arts in Cultural Studies program to policy making in support of emerging artistic communities in the United States.
As always, you can learn more about what students, faculty, and alumni are doing on the IAS News Blog. To keep up to date on IAS events open to the campus and the public, you can also subscribe to a weekly digest of upcoming events. If you are an IAS alum, discover ways to connect and get involved by visiting our alumni page online.
Past issues of Intersections are accessible from the right sidebar here.
Feel free to send comments on these stories or ideas for others to IASinfo@uw.edu.
Dean, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences