The University of California Institute for Research in the Arts supports embedded arts research through critical exchange

Knowledge-Exchange Corridors: The UCSD Community Stations Initiative

by Teddy Cruz and Mike Cole
August 19-September 23, 2011

Panel Discussion and Opening Reception on Friday, August 19, 2011
Calit2 Auditorium 5pm-6pm | Gallery Reception 6pm-8pm

2011 Summer Workshop Series on Fridays: August 19, 26 and September 2, 9
9am-11am at gallery@calit2

UC San Diego, 9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla CA 92093

The gallery@calit2 is pleased to announce “Knowledge-Exchange Corridors: The UCSD Community Stations Initiative,” an exhibition and summer program by Teddy Cruz and Mike Cole. The exhibition will focus on displaying two main aspects pertaining to the UCSD Community Stations Initiative. One part of the exhibition will be a descriptive mapping of this project in order to convey to the audience the meaning of this initiative and its operative dimension in building new pedagogical interfaces between UCSD and San Diego marginal communities. This part of the exhibition will comprise wall murals and video loops, diagramming the existing main sites, actors, programs involved in this project as well as the projective new activities that it will generate in the future. A second part of the exhibition will include the production of a “mini-Summer Program,” involving youth from each of the Community-based agencies involved and UCSD, engaging in a series of dialogues and exchanges across 4 weeks of interactive programming mediated by an optIPortable that will be deployed in the gallery and coordinated by instructors at each location.

The “UCSD Community Stations” is a pilot community outreach initiative that will introduce a series of collaborative projects across a collective body of university leaders from campus departments and centers and a variety of social service and cultural community-based agencies located in demographically diverse neighborhoods in San Diego. Two joint ventures will frame this initiative: The Center for Community Well-Being (CCW) –affiliated with the Division of Social Science and led by Mike Cole- will partner with the San Diego Workforce Partnership’s South Metro Center, located in South East San Diego, to focus on issues pertaining community health and service, K-12 education and job training in technology fields. The Center of Urban Ecologies (CUE)-affiliated with the Division of Arts and Humanities and led by Teddy Cruz- will partner with Casa Familiar, a social service and cultural agency located in the border neighborhood of San Ysidro, to focus on community-based arts and public culture, affordable housing and inclusive urban development. Working closely with Calit2, CCW and CUE will enable UCSD Community Stations to become corridors of knowledge-exchange that will link the specialized knowledge of the University and the ethical knowledge embedded in communities in order to produce a new form of urban pedagogy. This initiative, framed by Calit2-generated technology infrastructure, will enable San Diego communities to interact with each other while meeting their needs by leveraging a wide-array of resources at UCSD, including faculty and students.

Michael Cole is a Distinguished Professor of Communication, Psychology & Human Development, at University of California, San Diego and co-founder of Center for Community Wellbeing. Combining a background in experimental psychology and cognitive anthropology, Cole has pursued a career focused on the role of culture in human development. This work eventually led him to engage in research on the design of community-based development- enhancing environments for children from diverse cultural and social class backgrounds. The focus of his current work is the creation of University-Community Partnerships to promote community well being.

Teddy Cruz is a Professor in Public Culture in the Visual Arts Department at University of California, San Diego, and co-founder of the Center for Urban Ecologies. Teddy Cruz has been recognized internationally for his urban research of the Tijuana-San Diego border. After obtaining a Master in Design Studies from Harvard University, he was recipient of the first James Stirling memorial Lecture on the City Prize by the Canadian Center of Architecture and the London School of Economics. Most recently, his work represented the US in the 2008 Venice Architecture Biennial and was included in the Small Scale, Big Change exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Please join us at the gallery for this unique exhibition and summer program. All gallery events are FREE and open to the public.

To RSVP, please contact Trish Stone, Gallery Coordinator: tstone [at] ucsd [dot] edu
Media Contact: Doug Ramsey, dramsey [at] ucsd [dot] edu

Gallery Hours
11am- 5pm, Monday-Friday

Atkinson Hall, First Floor
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA, 92093

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