Date of Award

Summer 8-22-2020

Level of Access Assigned by Author

Open-Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)




Susan Smith

Second Committee Member

Sheridan Kelley-Adams

Third Committee Member

Walter Tisdale


The following thesis explores dialogue and creative exchange as artistic practice. Through community-based work rooted in participation and collaboration, art emboldens and empowers practitioners of the everyday experience that informs who we are and how we communicate. This work has been informed by our current societal crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic. A time where our lives have become as virtual as they are rooted in face to face interaction. Though we as a global community face monumental uncertainty, significant obstacles to overcome and the experience of loss that has impacted so many aspects of our lives, we are also presented with the opportunity to imagine and redefine what life will be moving beyond this experience. Here, in these spaces, is where the strength and courage of artistic practice may realize its potential on behalf of change.

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