Creative Collaboration in SLA Programs and Courses
Creative collaboration in the School of Liberal Arts takes many forms. Students work with faculty both in and out of the classroom in order to hone their craft as writers, performers, researchers, and designers. Equally important, students collaborate with faculty in leading events and organizations such as the Literary Arts Society, the Marist College Club of Theatre Arts (MCCTA), and various departmental honor societies in order to master the "arts" of planning, logistics, and budgeting. These skills provide students with experience in turning their creative ideas into tangible realities.
The Marist Theatre Program and MCCTA provide students with the opportunity to experience theatre as actors, dancers, designers, playwrights, producers, and directors. Mainstage productions in both Fall and Spring (such as the Spring 2017 production of Cabaret, pictured here) are major events on the College's calendar.
Dictionary definitions might initially seem like a promising starting point for artistic self-expression. But the poetry reading and chapbook developed by senior-level poetry students in the "OED Project" demonstrated that literary inspiration can be found in the reference section of the library.
Lively conversation--and good food--lead to the generation of innovative ideas, even in contexts not traditionally seen as "creative." Here, history majors and faculty exchange ideas about current events, interesting new research, and post-college opportunities at the History Department's Spring Social.
For 2 years running, the Marist Poetry Project has offered a community-wide venue for students, faculty, and staff to share their favorite poems with one another. A month-long series of events, including poetry podcasts and the annual Poetry Slam, enables the community to celebrate language at its most adventurous.