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Creative Learning Hubs

Creative Learning Hubs at Columbia are an opportunity to collaborate with students, faculty and guest artists from multiple majors and disciplines in a supportive environment that allows for creative risk-taking and the fluid exchange of idea development.

Three Hubs will be offered this year:

Hip Hop Constellation



Hip Hop is over forty years old, just coming into its prime. It is an inherently post-modern, interdisciplinary, creative, political and global culture. Hip hop is also a multi-million dollar industry that is increasingly studied at elite academically focused institutions such as Stanford, Harvard, Columbia University, New York University, Brown, etc. but has yet to be fully engage in a cross-curricular expansive way in an arts and media institution. By answering the question, Where does Hip Hop currently live, and where and how could it live at Columbia College Chicago?, we pave the way for sustainable groundbreaking Hip Hop studies in an arts college in academia, one that will be able to span the performative, the visual, the industrial and the theoretical dimensions of this cultural phenomenon.

The Hip Hop Constellation will hold various events throughout the year. Find out more here:

http://www.colum.edu/Dance_Center/performances/b-real/

Re/Sounding Black Chicago

This hub is now available for spring 2014! Find it under 'School of FPA' in the course Schedule on Oasis.

Course Number: 74-3100

Meeting Time: Wednesdays 12:30 p.m. to 3:20 p.m.

Prerequisite: Writing & Rhetoric II

Course Description: Re/Sounding Black Chicago is a creative learning hub based at the Center for Black Music Research (CBMR) designed for students to explore the relationships between music, sound culture, and African American life in Chicago through a multi-disciplinary approach. Drawing from case-specific strategies of direct experience, ethnography, critical analysis, seminar-style discussions and team-based creative response, students will experience how to HEAR the city, analyze and discuss the effect of sound on a community, and respond creatively to this experience through a final project.

Digital Investigation Pod (DIP)

This Pod/Hub will encourage faculty, staff, students both graduate and undergraduate as well as alumni to explore the limits of digital imaging.

Regular scheduled classes will be able to plug in and out of the activities of DIP via short-term workshops, artist forums and experiential projects that achieve real world outcomes. Students will learn to be innovators of creative practice and will be free from a quantity-based learning model. DIP will act as a break from the regular class routine for all parties and contribute to the experiential learning goals of the department.

Student access will not be limited by the standard course prerequisites they are met with in other courses of study. DIP will run on the prerequisites of innovation and promise of outcomes.    

Photography students interesting in the Digital Investigation Pod should talk to their faculty for more information.


Hip Hop Constellation

Hip Hop is over forty years old, just coming into its prime. It is an inherently post-modern, interdisciplinary, creative, political and global culture. Hip hop is also a multi-million dollar industry that is increasingly studied at elite academically focused institutions such as Stanford, Harvard, Columbia University, New York University, Brown, etc. but has yet to be fully engage in a cross-curricular expansive way in an arts and media institution. By answering the question, Where does Hip Hop currently live, and where and how could it live at Columbia College Chicago?, we pave the way for sustainable groundbreaking Hip Hop studies in an arts college in academia, one that will be able to span the performative, the visual, the industrial and the theoretical dimensions of this cultural phenomenon.

The Hip Hop Constellation will hold various events throughout the year. We hope you were able to attend the B-Fresh Holistic Hip Hop Workshop on Friday, October 18th. More hip hop events will be announced in the coming months.