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Title:Art remastered: Connecting the art museum and the local music community through interdisciplinary collaboration and creative response
Author(s):Glowacki, Kamila
Advisor(s):Lucero, Jorge
Department / Program:Art & Design
Discipline:Art Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):museum education
interdisciplinary collaboration
creative response
Abstract:Art Remastered was a creative project that invited the local music community of Urbana-Champaign to create original content in response to the artwork on display at Krannert Art Museum. Six local musicians from various backgrounds and music genres were tasked with selecting an artwork to creatively respond to during a 15-minute performance. The form of the creative response was up to each musician’s discretion but was generally understood as a song. After weeks of preparation, performances occurred in succession in front of the selected artworks at Krannert Art Museum. During the performances, the exchange that occurred between musician, museum, and audience created a conversation between different communities and highlighted the multiplicity of meanings that are possible in any given artwork. The second iteration of Art Remastered took place on February 23, 2018. The creation of Art Remastered was considered through an arts-based research methodology, and data was collected through conventional qualitative methodologies in the form of interviews with musicians and audience members as well as my own observations before, during, and after the event. Interpretation of the data resulted in four overarching themes: connecting the local music scene and the museum, moments of dissonance, engagement with the artwork, and future engagement. As a museum educator and musician, I am interested in collaging both worlds and exploring the potential of producing creative work within my place of employment. The four overarching themes have been distilled into proposals for creative practitioners working within institutions. The proposals address structural changes around issues of photography, balancing informative and interpretive teaching within educational programming, and dedicating funding, time, and space in the work week and budget to pursue new ideas. Each proposal was crafted with the intent to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration with community members and not shy away from unexpected juxtapositions. Asking community members, like local musicians, to replace museum experts in the role of representing the museum and the artworks on display continues the intellectual mission of the museum while expanding audiences beyond the university.
Issue Date:2018-04-23
Rights Information:Copyright 2018 Kamila Glowacki
Date Available in IDEALS:2018-09-04
Date Deposited:2018-05

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