Interdisciplinary Collaboration in the Creative Arts: Pedagogical Reflections and Possibilities from a Faculty Learning Community

Rhonda Pettit, Rita Kumar, H. Michael Sanders, David Freeman, David Hartz

Abstract


In 2014-15, the authors and other faculty participated in a Creative Arts Faculty Learning Community in which each of them collaborated with at least one other individual outside of their discipline to generate a creative work of writing, image, music, three-dimensional piece, or combination thereof. Their goal was to complete the work during the fall and early spring semesters in time for an exhibition and performance in late March and early April. Following a review of literature addressing interdisciplinary collaboration, two of the faculty teams describe their projects and reflect on possible applications for teaching generated by their experiences. Observations about interdisciplinary artistic collaboration, as well as broader conclusions are offered.

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