Corcoran's Community Engagement Initiative
"Innovative Engagement Through Creative Research and Practices"
Coming Fall 2018
Corcoran Connects aims to make social impacts through mutually beneficial partnerships between GW's Corcoran School of the Arts and Design and community organizations in the greater Washington, D.C. area. With the Corcoran’s proximity to the White House, policymakers, and other governmental institutions, we recognize the rich opportunities - and civic duty - available to address critical issues here in the nation's Capital. By providing students with in-field experience under the direction of a faculty member, such as the interior architecture program working with DC Central Kitchen to help redesign their space or creating small garden boxes in Ward 7 or 8 with the design program, we aim to find solutions to important current issues.
What is Project-Based Learning?
Project-Based Learning (PBL) organizes learning around projects or complex tasks precipitated by a problem and resolved through collaborative engagement. In this particular model of community engagement pedagogy, students relate to the community as “consultants” working for a “client” opposed to participants in a one-time group community service project. In addition, reflection is an important part of this model in that it links community experiences to course content, reasserting the importance of community work.
If you have a relationship with a local organization, have an idea for a project but no partner or known an organization with a need, please reach! You, or the potential community partner, should contact Samantha Steen at [email protected] or (202) 994-0496.