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Transformational Impact Fellowship

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Transcript of Transformational Impact Fellowship

Transformational Impact Fellowship
Arts Council of Indianapolis
Benjamin Day Smith, D.M.A.
Assistant Professor of Music and Arts Technology, IUPUI
The
Transformational
Impact

Inter-generational
Ties
Technology
Education
Transformational
Awareness
The Actors
Me
ACI
Harrison Center for the Arts
IUPUI
Undergraduates
Artist Team
Student Artists
The Communities
Overview
3 Impacts
Young people
A/V Tech Training
Capture sounds/video
Intentional conversations w/ elders; songs, environment
Create sound-art narratives
Present and preserve
"Hear Indy"
Musician
Teacher
Father
Composer, Sound Artist, Fiddler, Banjo-ist, DJ
Software Engineer
Artist
Interactive Media, Computer Graphics, Video
Tool maker, Creative Computing
Music Technology,
Computer Graphics
Vision
Technology that is intentionally, actively, driven and developed BY us.
Fighting a culture of technological determination.
Giving students training in, access to, and experience with professional quality A/V equipment and software.
marketable skill!
Reach under-privileged groups
Requiring dialogue between students and elders.
Intentional conversations.
Time together = stronger bonds
awareness OF transformations
How Indianapolis, neighborhoods, schools, churches, communities have already changed
Increased visibility of diverse populations, sub-cultures
Increased awareness for all participants!
Students become the Artists
Technology training
Awareness of community history/transformations
Better observers/listeners
Artistic Experience
Relationships with elders
Mentor-ship, teaching experience
(Product) Stories of community, collected and disseminated
(Experience) Youth asking questions, drawing out songs and stories
languages
ancestral culture?
Impact: deep, life-long, intangible?
Evaluation
Interviews (listening):
Observation:
Quantification:
# of participants
# of art pieces
attendance at events
...
Success of teaching
Transference of skills
Quality of art works
...
Attempt to assess impact of inter-generational engagement, story telling, experience at events
Challenges
Requires buy in from existing organizations
How to prove the value of artist-led-interventions!
Repeat cycle 4x with different students over 2 years.
Conscious Transformation on a Local Level Through Awareness of Changes We Stand On
Logistics–managing all the moving pieces
Schools, Arts centers
Youth!
Take time to reflect, together
Reaching students
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