Art Street: The Design of an Arts-based Living Learning Community from the Ground Up

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In Fall 2004, the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio opened ArtStreet, a new, architecturally innovative, multi-arts facility created to serve the entire campus community, which includes a student residence accommodating 58 juniors and seniors of diverse majors. The physical design of ArtStreet to support its arts-based living/learning philosophy is distinctive among US universities, and was recognized in the 2006 Chronicle of Higher Education Campus Architecture Issue. Through its unique environment and broad range of programs designed to involve students of all academic disciplines, ArtStreet fosters student-generated initiatives, faculty and student engagement beyond the classroom, student exploration of arts and culture, cross-disciplinary and cross-departmental creative collaboration, and interaction with the greater Dayton, Ohio community, to connect living and learning both within and outside of the classroom setting.


Keywords: Art Education, Living Learning Community, Cross-disciplinary Collaboration, Learning Space Design, Student Engagement
Stream: Art and Education
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Susan Byrnes

Director of ArtStreet, Academic Affairs and Learning Initiatives, Office of the Provost, University of Dayton
Dayton, Ohio, USA

Susan Byrnes has served as the first full-time director of ArtStreet since 2005. She is an artist, art administrator, and art educator. She holds a BFA in photography from Syracuse University, in Syracuse, NY, and an MFA in sculpture from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, MI. She has previously served as Executive Director for the Peter Sparling Dance Company, a modern dance company in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and as an art career advisor for students at Alfred University’s New York State College of Ceramics. She exhibits sculpture, installation, and performance work nationally throughout the United States. Susan also produces arts-based broadcasts for college radio, previously at Alfred University, and currently at the University of Dayton. She has taught at Alfred University, Eastern Michigan University, Mesalands Community College, and Mohawk Valley Community College.

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