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Congratulations to Nashman Affiliate Faculty, Dr. Maranda Ward, who recently published a a research article on youth identity formation through participatory action research. To read the full article, click here.  

Dr. Ward used Promising Futures, the arts-based peer education program she developed, as her study site in conducting this research. Dr. Ward sought to understand how the identities of urban youth labeled as ‘at-risk’ was affected by their role as peer mentors for students traditionally labeled as ‘at-risk’ by academic standards.   

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Got extra free time on your hands and interested in learning more about the relationship of place-based art and civic-engagement?  

The Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that runs national service programs such as AmeriCorps, produces a regular webinar series from the Office of Research and Evaluation.  

One recent webinar featured four panelists from the National Endowment for the Arts who shared how their research sought to measure and understand the interactions between place-based art, civic-engagement, social cohesion, and other community-level outcomes.  

Check out the webinar here. Be sure to keep up with future webinars in the series by checking out this link. 

If you are interested in finding others who also focus on community-engagement and the arts, find out how to get involved in the Faculty Learning Community on the topic.  

The Community Engagement and the Arts Faculty Learning Community (FLC) is nearing the end of its calendar year of work, after having met consistently for the year 

The many members of the FLC, led by Leslie Jacobson, Professor Emerita of Theatre, have centered much of their discussion on how to facilitate greater community engaged scholarship in the arts at GW. More recently, they have focused on learning about better ways to ‘tell our story’ through assessment methods that accurately capture the depth of the work done through community engaged arts. They are currently in the process of determining a way to share their work with the GW community.  

If you are interested in getting involved with a FLC that will be convening for the coming year, check out more information here 

Molly Sturges is this year’s Corcoran Visiting Professor for Community Engagement. She adapted one of her pieces called “Waking the Oracle,” for the GW community. It is described as “A multi-arts rave focusing on arts, spirituality, and climate justice.”  

The show will run October 31-November 3 in the Black Box theater in Building XX. Buy tickets here 

The Community Engagement and the Arts Faculty Learning Community (FLC) held their first meeting of the academic year this week. They were joined by Molly Sturges, this year’s Corcoran Visiting Professor for Community Engagement. Molly spoke to the FLC about her community engaged work 

Molly founded an artist led nonprofit in New Mexico called Littleglobe. More information regarding the work that they do can be found here: Molly also worked as the founder, artistic director, and composer for “FIREROCK: Pass the Spark”, which is a community-engaged piece focusing on climate change which is now performed around the nation. Further details on this can be found here:  

During this year at GW, Molly is focusing on launching her latest piece, “Waking the Oracle”, which will be performed by students from the Corcoran School of Art and Design, as well as community partners.  

The FLC thoroughly enjoyed hearing from Molly and are looking forward to their meetings for the rest of the year.  

For more information on all of GW’s Faculty Learning Communities, check out this link: and for information on how to join this FLC click here 

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