Performing Arts and Community Exchange is a University of San Francisco course taught by Amie Dowling of the Performing Arts and Social Justice Program.
It is designed for students who are interested in merging social activism, performance and teaching. Students develop an understanding of the history and theory of community based arts, write grants to fund their own projects, and teach in and create work with, one off-campus community site, the San Francisco Jail #8. The off-campus classes involve voice work, movement, theater, writing assignments and discussions. Performing Arts and Community Exchange invites participants to be authors and creators, asking for a strong and personally invested commitment to an artistic workshop.
The course questions the traditional way in which service learning is "done", the delicate nature of power, the assumptions of who is teaching and who is learning, what is being taught and learned.