Intensive Courses in World Arts


AA5381 Arts for a Better Future (Intensive) (Summer) (3 Graduate credits)

In this grad-level course, students will learn to help a community recognize, value, and plan to use its own arts to meet local needs and goals. The course provides a compact overview of the Create Local Arts Together (CLAT) model of community engagement. The CLAT process consists of seven flexible steps grounded in ethnographic and appreciative inquiry approaches: meet a community and its arts; specify goals; select communication genre and content; analyze the genre; spark creativity; improve new works and creative systems; integrate and celebrate for continuity. Students will engage with the model through three pedagogical cycles, culminating in applying it to a real-life context. This course is also available at the undergraduate level by registering for WA3381.

See a short video here.

You may also view the Arts for a Better Future FAQ.

AA5383 Arts and Trauma Healing (Intensive) (Spring) (3 Graduate credits)

This course teaches a holistic, interactive approach to engaging Scripture in the healing process for people who suffer from the mental, emotional, and spiritual effects of trauma. It combines biblical truths with basic mental health principles expressed in ways that can be easily translated into other languages. Students learn to address both cognitive beliefs and emotions damaged by trauma, both in their own lives and in the lives of others. They learn to use participatory learning methods to train local church leaders in ways that help them to become effective care-givers. In particular, this course will emphasize the importance of performing and visual arts in trauma healing. Students will understand and be able to articulate and demonstrate the role, the value, and the effectiveness of using the arts in trauma healing from a historical and contemporary perspective. Students will be able to promote emotional and spiritual healing in traumatized communities through the use of local visual and performing arts existing in those communities.

Crafted as a “blended” course, with readings and assignments completed online during Sessions 1-2, the course also requires a two-week period of on-campus participatory afternoon classes. For details, see the Arts and Trauma Healing FAQ.

WA3381 Arts for a Better Future (Intensive) (Summer) (3 Undergraduate credits)

In this undergrad course, students will learn to help a community recognize, value, and plan to use its own arts to meet local needs and goals. The course provides a compact overview of the Create Local Arts Together (CLAT) model of community engagement. The CLAT process consists of seven flexible steps grounded in ethnographic and appreciative inquiry approaches: meet a community and its arts; specify goals; select communication genre and content; analyze the genre; spark creativity; improve new works and creative systems; integrate and celebrate for continuity. Students will engage with the model through three pedagogical cycles, culminating in applying it to a real-life context. This course is also available at the graduate level by registering for AA5381.

See a short video here.

You may also view the Arts for a Better Future FAQ.

Intensive FAQs

What is the course about?

In this course, students will learn to help a community recognize, value, and plan to use its own arts to meet local needs and goals. The course provides a compact overview of the Create Local Arts Together (CLAT) model of community engagement. The CLAT process consists of seven flexible steps grounded in ethnographic and appreciative inquiry approaches: meet a community and its arts; specify goals; select communication genre and content; analyze the genre; spark creativity; improve new works and creative systems; integrate and celebrate for continuity. Students will engage with the model through three pedagogical cycles, culminating in applying it to a real-life context.

What will the course prepare me to do?

This course prepares students to be able to:

  • Describe and analyze the purposes and interrelationships of the seven Create Local Arts Together (CLAT) steps
  • Consult with a community representative as he or she plans to draw on their artistic resources in working toward a better future
  • Document and analyze some of the artistic resources of a community, including their plans to engage those arts for a better future

Is the course only offered as an online graduate course at GIAL?

Participants have 3 options when taking Arts for a Better Future. It’s offered as:

  • A one-week intensive workshop – a one-week (on campus face-to-face) course
  • An undergraduate course (WA 3381) – for GIAL undergraduate course credit. The course includes the one-week intensive along with additional pre-class reading and writing as well as a post-class project and write-up (all submitted online).
  • A graduate course (AA 5381)– for GIAL graduate course credit. Like the undergraduate course, this version also includes the one-week intensive along with additional pre-class reading and writing. Students complete a post-class project and write-up, submitting all pre and post-class work online.

Besides the extra assignments, are there any significant differences in the “Workshop” versus the “For Credit” version of the course?

Participants in the one-week intensive workshop receive the same training as GIAL undergraduate and graduate students. At the end of the workshop, all are equipped to help communities draw on their artistic resources to respond to spiritual, social, and physical needs.

With the required post-class project, graduate students immediately apply their new skills in the context of their local communities and write up a description of the experience for their final project. Undergraduate students will write about how they plan to use their newly acquired skills with a community they know.

How are the 3 options (workshop, undergrad, and grad credit) different from one another?

How do I register for the course?

ABF Workshophttp://artsforabetterfuture.org

For Undergraduate or Graduate Credithttp://www.gial.edu/admissions/applications. Choose the easy “Gateway” application for those not wanting to take further coursework at GIAL.

When is the deadline for applying and having all my application materials for Arts for a Better Future?

All application materials (including transcripts, etc.) must be at GIAL for processing by May 1, 2015. Apply now to make sure! If you only intend to take 1-3 courses at GIAL, you can apply through the “Gateway Admission” which is faster.

How much does the course cost?

For the ABF Workshop:

$130 per person covers

  • registration and materials for the event
  • no housing/meals
  • code “NHM” needed at registration

$225 per person covers

  • registration and materials for the event
  • no housing/all meals provided
  • code “NH” needed at registration

$350 per person covers

  • a shared room Sunday-Friday nights at the Guest House
  • all meals
  • materials for the course
  • registration for the event
  • no “code” needed

For undergraduate and graduate credit hours:

The link to tuition and fees is here: http://www.gial.edu/tuition-fees/. You may pay for housing and/or food through the workshop course website at http://artsforabetterfuture.org.

What housing is available for the on-campus part of the course?

Additional information on housing may be found here: http://www.artsforabetterfuture.org/room–board.html

Are there scholarships available?

There are scholarships that you may apply for if you are a full-time GIAL student, but not if this is your only course at GIAL.

When does the online course work start?

The course runs during the summer session (late May through mid-August), so the “online” course work (reading and written responses – no classes) will start in May. But we will mail out the syllabus to all who are registered in early May so you can start reading early if you wish. After the residential part of the course, you will submit your final project online (August).

Does the online component include recorded lectures?

No. The course is not really “online” as all teacher input is face-to-face during the week long intensive. There are no recorded lectures or videos posted online. It’s only “online” in that the assignments are submitted online.

When should I arrive and depart?

It is very important to plan your travel so that you can be there for Sunday evening intros of the residential period and all of the class sessions Monday through Friday at 5:00 PM.

What is the residential part of the course like?

  • We begin with a dinner and “get to know you” session on Sunday evening.
  • Class runs each morning from 9 – 12 and each afternoon from 2 – 5.

ABF takes students through three cycles of the CLAT process. CLAT consists of 7 steps that guide an arts advocate in their work helping a community draw on their arts to reach their physical, spiritual, and social goals. It’s basically a participatory method of engagement:

Phase One: Brian Schrag tells/shows/performs the story of his engagement with the Mono community in NW Democratic Republic of Congo. Phase One gives participants a mental framework of the CLAT process.

Phase Two: Instructors Brian Schrag and Robin Harris work through a more detailed demonstration of each of the 7 CLAT steps, using Robin’s experiences, data, and relationships from a group in northern Siberia. This phase includes helping students work with a representative of the Siberian group. Participants learn basic elements of a song/dance form foreign to them, and then compose within it. Phase Two results in paradigm shifts in most participants, viscerally understanding the importance and methods of encouraging people to create using locally-grounded art forms.

Phase Three: We divide the participants into smaller groups planning to apply the CLAT process to communities they know. Phase Three allows them to make initial plans to integrate local arts into extensions of the Kingdom of Heaven in contexts they care about.

What textbooks are used?

Schrag, Brian. 2013. Creating Local Arts Together: A Manual to Help Communities Reach their Kingdom Goals. Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library.

[Purchase at http://ethnodoxologyhandbook.com/manual or at GIAL’s Center for Excellence in World Arts—http://www.gial.edu/cewa—if you are in Dallas.]

What percent of the focus is on performing arts vs. visual arts?

We attempt to cover all artistic domains equally in this course (visual arts, music, drama, dance, and oral verbal arts like poetry and storytelling) so that students are prepared to facilitate all kinds of artistic expressions, according to the needs of the community.

What background material could I read to prepare for the course?

No background material is required other than Creating Local Arts Together: A Manual to Help Communities Reach their Kingdom Goals (CLAT Manual). Non-credit students are not required to read the CLAT Manual; however, we highly recommend that they do, if at all possible, and that they take notes while reading.

Who teaches the course?

Brian Schrag, PhD, serves as head of SIL International’s Ethnomusicology and Arts Group. He worked as an arts consultant in Central Africa and founded the World Arts program at the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics (GIAL). Brian loves to make people laugh, sing, and imagine heaven.

Robin Harris, PhD, has M.A.s in Intercultural Studies and Ethnomusicology and a Ph.D. in Music (Ethnomusicology). She lived for a decade in northern Russia as well as a number of years in Alaska and Canada. She is the Director of the Center for Excellence in World Arts at GIAL, the President of the International Council of Ethnodoxologists (ICE), and serves as an Arts Consultant with SIL International

Who teaches the course?

Mary Beth Saurman has worked as an Ethnomusicology and EthnoArts Consultant and Coordinator for SIL Int’l for two decades, advocating for the music and arts of ethnic minority groups. Before that she worked as a Music and Dance Therapist for 9 years and as a Creative Arts Therapist for 5 years. She earned a BS in Music Therapy, an MA in Intercultural Studies – Ethnomusicology, and is a PhD Candidate at the University of Bern (Switzerland) with a focus on ethnoarts and multilingual education. She currently lives in Thailand and trains others as catalysts for culturally relevant arts.

What is the course about?

This course teaches a holistic, interactive approach to engaging Scripture in the healing process for people who suffer from the mental, emotional, and spiritual effects of trauma. It combines biblical truths with basic mental health principles expressed in ways that can be easily translated into other languages. Students learn to address both beliefs and emotions damaged by trauma, both in their own lives and in the lives of others. They learn to use participatory learning methods to train local church leaders in ways that help them to become effective care-givers. In particular, this course will emphasize the importance of performing and visual arts in trauma healing. Students will understand and be able to articulate and demonstrate the role, the value, and the effectiveness of using the arts in trauma healing from a historical and contemporary perspective. Students will be able to promote emotional and spiritual healing in traumatized communities through the use of local visual and performing arts existing in those communities.

What will the course prepare me to do?

This course prepares students to be able to:

  • Explain the scope of trauma in the world and its impact on individuals and communities.
  • Respond in in helpful, culturally appropriate ways to trauma, in their own lives and the lives of others.
  • Deliver basic trauma care in a healing group
  • Demonstrate understanding of the theory and practice of using the arts in the healing process.
  • Research trauma in a community and evaluate current responses, including those incorporating arts
  • Help communities discover how to use their art forms in the trauma healing process.

When is the deadline for applying and having all my application materials for Arts in Trauma Healing?

All application materials (including transcripts, etc.) must be at GIAL for processing by the first week in December. Apply now to make sure! If you only intend to take 1-3 courses at GIAL, you can apply through the “Gateway Admission” which is faster.

What does a 3-unit grad course like this cost?

The link to tuition and fees is here: http://www.gial.edu/admissions/tuition-and-fees-graduate

Are there scholarships available?

There are scholarships that you may apply for if you are a full-time GIAL student, but not if this is your only course at GIAL.

When does the online course work start?

The course runs Spring Sessions 1-2, so the “online” course work (reading and written responses – no classes) will start in early January. But we will mail out the syllabus to all who are registered in mid-December so you can start reading early if you wish. After the residential part of the course, you will submit your final project online (early March).

What is the residential part of the course like?

  • We begin with a dinner and “get to know you” session on the Sunday night before class starts.
  • Monday morning, Feb 6, is ORIENTATION for new students just arriving on campus.
  • Class runs each afternoon, 1:25 – 5 PM, Monday through Friday.

When should I arrive and depart?

  • It is very important to plan your travel so that you can be there by Sunday afternoon so you can join us for the introductory session that evening.
  • The intensive starts on Feb 6 and runs each afternoon through Friday, February 17th , at 5:00 PM.

What housing is available for the on-campus part of the course?

Prices and other information about housing on our GIAL campus can be found here: http://www.gial.edu/student-life/housing and to reserve housing you can write to housing_dallas@sil.org. You are expected to arrange for your own housing.

Approximate hours of work per week?

Unless you are a fast worker, graduate level courses generally require approximately 2-3 times the amount of homework in relation to instructional time (which is 40 hours), so approximately 150 hours (plus or minus 20 hrs) spread over two months. This is only an average amount of work… some students work more slowly or more quickly.

What textbooks are used?

Final list of textbooks will go out to registrants in December, but here is the tentative list:

Advance purchase (for use in reading during January)

o Herman, Judith. 1992. Trauma and Recovery: the aftermath of violence—from domestic abuse to political terror. NY, NY. [For vendors, see here]

o Schrag, Brian. 2013. Creating Local Arts Together: A Manual to Help Communities Reach their Kingdom Goals. Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library. [Purchase here or at GIAL’s Center for Excellence in World Arts, if you are in Dallas]

o Mollica, Richard F. 2008. Healing Invisible Wounds: Paths to Hope and Recovery in a Violent World. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Publishers. [For vendors, see here]

o Malchiodi, Cathy A. 2005. Expressive Therapies. NY: Guilford Press. [For vendors, see here]

Purchase on campus (during the residential portion of the course)

o Hill, Harriet, Margaret Hill, Richard Bagge, Pat Miersma. 2013. Healing the Wounds of Trauma: How the Church Can Help. American Bible Society, NY, NY.

o Hill, Harriet and Margaret Hill. 2013. Trauma Healing Facilitator’s Classic Handbook Handbook. NY, NY: American Bible Society.

o Hill, Harriet and Margaret Hill. 2013. Story-based Trauma Healing: Stories, Songs, and Exercises. NY, NY: American Bible Society.

o Hill, Harriet, Margaret Hill, Debbie Braaksma, Lyn Westman. 2013. Healing Children’s Wounds of Trauma: Facilitator’s Book and Healing Hearts Club Story and Activity Book. NY, NY: American Bible Society.

What percent of the focus is on performing arts vs. visual arts?

We attempt to cover all artistic domains equally in this course (visual arts, music, drama, dance, and oral verbal arts like poetry and storytelling) so that students are prepared to facilitate all kinds of artistic expressions, according to the needs of the traumatized person or community.

What background material could I read to prepare for the course?

You should begin the course reading as soon as you’re able (and have the syllabus). Background material on the Trauma Healing Institute (THI) site http://thi.americanbible.org would provide some information as well. Dr. Harriet Hill, who directs THI, helped to develop this course. You can also look at the film trailer for a new documentary done on THI: www.americanbible.org/hope-rising