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  • Creative Community Development (Graduate Minor)

  • Overview

    The Creative Community Development graduate minor is offered through the College of Performing Arts.

    Grounded in the history of artists in place and community arts methods and theories, the Creative Community Development graduate minor brings together artists, power, and place. It is designed to prepare students to employ artists and artistic practices and programming as key strategies and tools with which to address community needs. Courses provide models for engaging with communities in a variety of roles. In particular, students taking this minor will examine the expanding range of ways performing artists, media artists, writers, and visual artists work with government agencies, private developers, NGOs (including those working in housing, transportation, environmental sustainability, prison justice, and food) to analyze, dismantle, reimagine, and revive place-based institutions and systems and rebuild them to make them more equitable, healthy, and sustainable.

    This minor provides a pathway for artists and non-artists alike to develop the necessary skills and knowledge to build collaborative longer-term relationships and programs and do this important work. The minor is offered in the recognition that people and creativity are two vital local resources that all communities have and that they can be deployed to encourage more effective and more systemic approaches to community development.

    Click here to watch the webinar Artists, Power & Place, the launch event for the new graduate minor. The event was held on April 8, 2020, and panelists included Yesmin Vega (WHEDco), Marty Pottenger (artist/activist), Sarah Calderon (ArtPlace America), and Juanli Carrión (Parsons School of Design).


    This graduate minor requires successful completion of nine credits. All students (except those in the MA Arts Management and Entrepreneurship program) are required to take (1) Artists and Community Change, (2) Creative Skills for Community Development, (3) Financing Community Cultural Development, and (4) one elective from the subject area Place and Civic Imaginaries.*

    Course availability may vary from semester to semester. Some courses may be in development and offered at a later time. Students seeking to pursue alternative coursework to fulfill the minor should consult with their advisors.

    Subject AreaCourse OptionsRequirements
    Artists as Allies in Equitable Community DevelopmentCENT 5200 Artists and Community Change2 credits
    Creative Skills for Community DevelopmentCENT 5250 Creative Skills for Community Development1 credit
    Community Development FinanceNURP 6013 Community Development Finance Lab3 credits
    Place and Civic Imaginaries*NEPS 5014 The Future Will Be Cooperative
    NURP 5008 Political Economy of the City
    NPUP 6001 Planning and Urban Citizenship
    UTNS 5105 Civic Imaginaries: Urban Commons
    PSCE 5090 Community Engagement and Design
    NINT 5417 Infrastructure for the New Social Compact
    CENT 5275 Sustainable Creative Placemaking 
    3 credits

    Students in the MA in Arts Management and Entrepreneurship are required to take (1) Sustainable Creative Placemaking (since Artists and Community Change is already a core requirement in the MA AME), (2) Financing Community Cultural Development, and (3) one additional elective from the subject area Place and Civic Imaginaries. This means they take two courses from the subject area Place and Civic Imaginaries.

    Learning Outcomes

    A student who has completed this graduate minor should be able to:

    • Effectively reflect on and use concepts related to the theory and practice of such movements as artists in place and community, social and civic practice art, and arts for social justice
    • Identify the interrelated systems, institutions, and people that create and sustain a place
    • Discern and demonstrate how and why artists and arts and culture can be effective allies and tools for equitable community planning and development
    • Successfully conceive and co-design an artistic intervention to achieve equitable community development goals and conduct related work with communities


    The Creative Community Development minor is available to all graduate students at The New School.

    Interested graduate students should consult with their Student Success advisor. The College of Performing Arts Student Success advisor is Olivia Framke at

    For any other questions about the graduate minor, including the curriculum and opportunities for faculty to be part of the graduate minor, please email

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