Arts in Context


TLAD-657G-01 Arts in Context

*Arts in Context Syllabus 2021 Spring


Course Assignments and Due Dates:

Assignment #1       Due March 4             Group Meeting

Prepare a 10-minute presentation: three specific opportunities/entities for the spring, summer or future you are interested in; show examples of your past studio, teaching or work experiences; and share three questions you have about your current interests and goals.                                                                                      

Academic CV of an expanded resume’.  Please show your cv in your presentation. cv-standards-and-guidelines-college-art-association-caa-advancing-the-history-interpretation-an-1

Assignment #2       Due March 11          Group Meeting        

Read a chapter in More Than My Title and be prepared to discuss it with the class. Chapter One: Discovering Hybrid Professionals Hammad, Lana, Zengqi ; Chapter Two: The Path Toward Hybrid Professional Identity Violet, Deshun, Yi; Chapter Three: Preparing for a Future of Hybrid Professionals Julie, Kai, David, Wendy.                                                            

Assignment #3.     Due March 18          Individual Meeting

Artist Designer Educator Statement Assignment #3 Artist Designer Educator Statement due March 18   

SWOT/PEST/SOAR  Analysis of self and of non-profit, residency, foundation grant, college or job opening. Assignment #3 SWOT.PEST.SOAR due March 18 

Assignment #4       Due March 25          Small Group Meeting

Timeline of Interests and Plans: Assignment #4 Timeline Interests Due March 25

Assignment #5       Due April 15             Group Meeting

Professional Interview: Assignment #5 Professional Interview due April 15

Assingment #6       Due April 22             Group Meeting

Case Study or Comparative Analysis: Assignment #6. Case Study due April 22

Final: Due May 6 and May 13 Final Impact Report Presentations in Class

Due May 28 PDF Final Impact Report due Last Name_Impact_Report_2021

Final Impact Report May 28th

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________Class One 2/25/21
Syllabus Review
Review these past graduates’ final reports.

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Impact Report 2018 Josh Tangen

Assignment #1 above due 3/4/21 


Class Two 3/4/21

Class participants introductions with slides and interests.

Assignment #2 above due 3/11/21

Watch this background on Sarabeth Berk, next weeks visitor.

TEDx talk

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Class Three 3/11/21

Student Discussion on chapters 1, 2, 3.

Sarabeth Berk  Hybrid Lives in Art and Design

Assignment #3 due 3/18/21 Artist, Educator, Designer Statement, and SWOT, PEST, SOAR

Class Four 3/18/21
Individual Meetings Alphabetically
Bring: CV, Artist/Designer/Educator Statement, SWOT, SOAR, PEST 

Every SWOT Analysis starts the overall approach thinking in facts through two high-level points of view.

  • Internal Factors – The Strengths and Weaknesses of the subject of analysis are always internal factors. In business context may include financials, talent , machinery, equipment, systems, and intellectual property. Also they can include intangibles as culture, leadership and patents. The analysis of strengths and weaknesses from and internal standpoint will be objective, and need to be assessed within a context or boundary. The analysis will focus on the advantages or disadvantages created by this internal entities.
  • External Factors – Threats and Opportunities are always external factors. These are external elements influencing the subject of analysis.

The entities involved might include market behavior, demographics, partners, suppliers, global economy, political and environmental policies, etc. The analysis will focus on new business opportunities and space for growth. Also the factors that can erode current areas of excellence or block new opportunities.

After identifying these external and internal factors the analysis will try to combine them to reach conclusions. Questions that analysts will need to answer:

  • How to use our Strengths to:
    • take advantages of new opportunities.
    • block possible threats.
    • minimize the risk of our weaknesses.
  • How to treat our Weaknesses to:
    •  reduce their impact in the future.
    • eliminate their source

Using SWOT and PEST is just a way of looking at things through categories, instead of looking generally.  These little guides can move us into more efficient ways of looking for appropriate ways of applying.

Please think of one’s own strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) Personal_SWOT_Analysis- when selecting grants, jobs, applications.  Then look at the organization in terms of a  SWOT anaylsis by perusing the website carefully, to examine what is good, weak, presents an opportunity for you and if and what the downsides of the organization are.

Please look on Alliance for Artists Communities, TransArtists, ResArtist (links below) for appropriate residencies that are open to your discipline and evaluate one or two in terms of both a SWOT and then PEST lens.


Class Five 3/25/21

Small Group Meetings

Discuss Assignment #4 Timeline of Interests and Plans

Next Assignment is #5: Professional Interview due April 15th

Professional Interview Tips:

When emailing the person to set up the appointment tell a little about yourself and include an up to date academic cv.

Introduce the professional interview as an educational assignment for a graduate seminar Arts in Context, a professional practice seminar. The interview is for “educational purposes” only.

Be prepared to have more questions than needed so that you can follow up with one or two more or ask follow up questions that can further clarify or elucidate any points. The interviewee may answer by sending images that illustrate an issue or any images that may add to the answers.

The interview can be done totally through email, or via skype, zoom, hangout, etc.  No in-person interviews are expected in this “stay-at-home” time.

When you write up the interview, include a bio of the person you interviewed and a sample of work or citation of work by that person if possible.

The Professional Interview is an inquiry into the history, trajectory, methodologies,  tips and reflections of a professional in one’s interested discipline from local to national. Include a bio of the person you are interviewing as an introduction to your final sharing.

 Interview Samples on Blogsite:

Interview with Professor Michael Rogers


Class Six 4/1/21

Group Meeting, Sharing Interview Questions and Interviewee Profile

Assignment #6 given and due April 22


Class Seven 4/8/21

Guest Heather McMordie Alum MFA Printmaking; Residencies, Teaching, Non-Profit Experiences. DownCity Design, Community Outreach Coordinator Vista, The Frabric Workshop, Sitka, Church Studios, Splash Family Residencies                                                                                                            

Class Eight  4/15/21
Presentations of Professional Interviews
Class Nine  4/22/21
Case Study Presentations
Class Ten  4/29/21
Individual Meetings (reverse alphabetically)
Class Eleven  5/6/21
Final Impact Report Presentations
Class Twelve   5/13/21
Final Impact Report Presentations
5/28/21 Final Summative or Impact Report Includes:
Academic CV (longer more complete resume’)
Artist/Designer/Scholar Project Statement.
Inventory and Timeline of grants, jobs, research, opportunities.
10 images of new work with inventory sheet (if you are a maker, otherwise a writing sample will be good.)
SWOT (self and external) SOAR self
PEST (self and/or external)
Professional Interview; bio, images, questions, answers
Case Study: can be a graph, chart, or drawing.
(Roster of exhibitions, grants, residencies, internships, or  professional opportunities you have applied for and/or you worked on this term or that you have compiled for the future.)
Extra: Concept Map overlaying personal and professional swots/pests/work/research.
Concept Mapping: conceptmapping2013
Sample Arts Non-Profit View:

RISD Internship Site:

RISD Summer Internship is open now for registration and goes until May 2021


Sites Shown in First Class:
Residency Sites:
Alliance for Artists Communities

TransArtists  International Residencies
Res Arts  International Residencies
Academic Job Sites:
Colleage Art Association
Academic Keys
Higher Education
New York Foundation for the Arts


RI Arts Charrette 2013

non-profit-lists RI





writinggrantproposal-saic-sullivan Writing Interview Protocols and Conducting Interviews: Tips for Students New to the Field of Qualitative Research



Arts in Context Gathering PEST


Alliance for Artists Communities

Click to access 2013-GAAH-Bringing_the_Arts_to_Life_ebook.pdf

Click to access 2013-GAAH-Bringing_the_Arts_to_Life_ebook.pdf