CCCX 299 Topics in Creative Communities
Section 01 Title: The Art of Drag
Taught by: Kelly Schmader, Business and Entrepreneurship
In the Art of Drag, students will explore the artform of drag and gender performance as it pertains to community building, nightlife, and performance art. Students will analyze the role of drag in Columbia College Chicago, in Chicago itself, and in its current status as a global phenomenon. Texts include queer theory on drag as performance from scholars such as Judith Butler, ethnographies of drag such as Mother Camp by Esther Newton, and films such as Paris is Burning. Students will develop a contextual understanding of drag and its history in 20th century queer history and performance, as well as contemporary Chicago drag and the issues facing the artform today. The course will help establish student relationships with current working drag performers in Chicago, drag nights and venues, and help students identify areas where the community could be uplifted and supported. Students will be able to choose among options for a final group project which include creating a unique drag performance, researching the history of a particular project or point in time in Chicago drag, or developing a new way for drag to interact with the Columbia College Chicago community.
Creative Communities builds on the foundational experience of First Semester Experience (Big Chicago). In this class students will draw on their interests and skills to investigate and understand global and local creative ecosystems that are built around communities of interest, communities of practice, and/or communities of purpose. Students will develop tools for responsive engagement with contemporary creative practices, materials, and concepts, as well as strategies and skills for working with interdisciplinary collaborators, in order to contribute to community and public good. Course content encourages integrative thinking and is specific to the expertise and experience of the faculty instructors and the department offering the course.
Each course has specific learning outcomes associated with the investigation of some aspect of Columbia College Chicago's diverse, urban setting and an introduction to community engagement and issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Spring 2020 Creative Communities Courses
Although individual courses have course-specific learning outcomes associated with understanding Columbia College Chicago’s urban setting, all of the courses share the same expectations for the student learning experience. In the Creative Communities course, students will:
- Develop and apply principles, skills, and vocabulary common to engaged creative practices.
- Develop and deepen their understanding of the city of Chicago as a socially and artistically relevant location in a global world.
- Research, document, and critically reflect on the creative ecosystem of a community, with consideration to urban context.