Art Street: The Design of an Arts-based Living Learning Community from the Ground Up
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
Director of ArtStreet, Academic Affairs and Learning Initiatives, Office of the Provost, University of Dayton