Third Ward Initiative
Third Ward Cultural Loop
The core artistic curricular component for Third Ward Initiative initiative has centered on School of Art Professor Rick Lowe, and his Community-Engaged Art class. For the past two-years, he has engaged students in an action-learning project placing students in direct contact with residents of the neighborhood to make evident these histories. To imagine a more substantive connection between the University and the Third Ward, Lowe and the students conceived of The Cultural Loop, a social sculpture model that activates historic sites in the community–as defined by residents and students. Through creative responses aligned with the work and values of community partners like Project Row Houses, The Cultural Loop initiative seeks to co-create opportunities for naming injustices and proposing transformative and creative actions.
Summer Studios Partnership
Performing the Neighborhood
Students will continue to forge connections with the artists and arts organizations of Third Ward through curriculum-based research and innovative co-curricular pilot programs. CASE and KGMCA continue to build partnerships and collaborations that use art to generate opportunities for naming injustices, amplifying residents’ voices, and developing transformative projects to advance sound public policy. In so doing, we more equitably serve the shared future of this historically African American neighborhood.