Journal of Undergraduate Research


societal borderlands, interaction, art


Fine Arts and Communications




Social practice is a growing area in art that is seeking to expand what art is through what it does. Artists working in this way are more interested in the interactions and situations they might create than the things they produce. This project was a social practice artwork that was made up of a community art group that facilitated the collaboration and interaction of neighbors in Provo, UT. For three years, I have been leading this project in the form of a community art class that invites parents, their children, and others from around the city to create individual and collaborative art projects. The intention is to facilitate the opportunity for people from different backgrounds to connect. Over the past three years I’ve tried a variety of pedagogical approaches and was eager to do larger more permanent projects. This ORCA project was conducted to enable that ambition and to better understand the perspective of the participants.