Professor Leigh Wilson Smiley was the first facutly member in the School to be awarded the Foxworth Creative Enterprise Initiative Grant. She created a course, Community Partnership in the Performing Arts, which matched local high school students in the Latino community with University of Maryland students. See video below.
Community Partnership for the Performing Arts from TDPS on Vimeo.
This year, Professor Leslie Felbain was awarded the Foxworth Initiative Grant for her course, Theatre of the Oppressed. The Foxworth Initiative supports Professor Felbain's interest in sharing her field in the humanities with the wider communities in the Metro-DC area. Leslie's course, Theatre of the Oppressed, signifies the College's ongoing agenda to educate "global citizens who think creatively about the challenges of the 21st century".
The Foxworth Creative Enterprise Initiative is made possible by the generous support of Domonique and Ashley Foxworth, proud alumni of the College of Arts and Humanities (ARHU). The initiative provides support for the development of courses that commit to practices of civic engagement and pedagogical work with underrepresented communities. It reflects our desire to support a learning environment that brings students in contact with their surrounding communities as community partners and allies in practices of transformation and social justice. We are particularly interested in projects that provide students with the skills and critical thinking that support continued community engagement and social justice beyond their college career.