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Available Institutes:

ARU/FAR 503: Canceled

ARU/FAR 505: Canceled

ARU/CFT 542: Color and Textiles - Rug Weaving
June 25 - 29 & July 2 - 7, 2012 with Professor Michael Radyk

ARU 556: Creating Pathways with The Dinner Party
July 8 - 13, 2012 with
Dr. Marilyn Stewart

ARU/FAR 504: Canceled

ARU/CFT 543: Ceramics Murals and Relief Sculpture
July 16 - 27, 2012 with
Professor James Chaney

ARU/CFT 546: Canceled

ARU 525: CENTRAL PARK:  Public Spaces and Civic Culture

ARU/FAR 502: Canceled

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ARU 525:
CENTRAL PARK: Public Spaces and Civic Culture
July 30 - August 3, 2012

KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY is pleased to offer Central Park: Public Spaces and Civic Culture.  Public spaces are fundamental to the development of both high culture and civic culture. Their design, construction, and evolving use contribute to the possibilities they hold for community identity. One of the great public spaces is Central Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux. Its variety of landscapes, features, and adjacent Institutions, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, provide opportunities for both residents and tourists to belong to city and to experience culture.

This Institute will focus on Central Park as an exemplar of public spaces and the civic culture that values these initiatives. Institute participants will study the history of the park, experience the park through trips to New York City, and draw relations between the park, the city, the museum collections, artworks, and public actions. Public spaces and public art will be a topic to be considered in theoretical and practical frameworks as applied to teaching and learning.


Daily sessions begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 4:00 p.m., with the exception of trips into NYC when we will leave at 7:30 and return around 10 p.m.  The institute will meet in Sharadin Arts Building room 113. Please note that the institute is strictly limited to 14 participants.  Limited enrollment for Act 48 non-credit students.


John Howell White, Ph.D., Institute Coordinator, Professor of Art Education and Crafts, and Chair of the Department has conducted Study Institutes for the past ten years at Kutztown University. He holds an MFA in painting, a Ph.D. in art education and presents the results of his research on the history and philosophy of art education at regional and national conferences. His teaching experience includes thirteen years of teaching art in K-12 settings. Dr. White is the past-Director of Higher Education for the National Art Education Association.

GUEST PRESENTER:  William Mowder, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Kutztown University.  He holds a doctorate on American Studies from Indiana University, which draws upon the time period from out of which the park was created.  Dr. Mowder is in addition a photographer who specializes in American places.  He is also a resident a frequenter and appreciator of the Central Park. 

Required Institute Fee/Tuition $1574.30 $2290.70

ACT 48 hours available for credit and noncredit options. For an itemized list of the fee/tuition charges and ACT 48 information please see the Art Education and Crafts web site.


Students are encouraged to room on campus, in handicapped-accessible facilities, so they benefit from interaction with colleagues. Room fee includes housing in Golden Bear South Village and linens (2 sheets, 2 towels, 1 washcloth and a pillow).

Room: 5 nights (Sunday - Thursday) $185.25

Send Institute Registration Form and check to the Registrar’s Office, Administration Building, Room 115, Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA, 19530 by June 1, 2012.


Dr. John White
CENTRAL PARK: Public Spaces and Civic Culture
Department of Art Education and Crafts
Kutztown University
Kutztown, PA 19530
PHONE: (610) 683-4521 FAX: (610) 683-4502


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