FIELD NOTES: Approaching Town and Gown Through Music
Despite sincere efforts to close the town-and-gown gap, colleges across the nation fail more often than not. This critical relationship between the university and the city in which it resides can be complicated, causing both sides to miss out on rich opportunities. Finding ways to bring town and gown together in Greencastle, Ind., DePauw University’s School of Music embarked on a musical experiment in the late spring of 2015. With a collapsing Goodwill store as a starting point, a music icon, an alum/former Fortune 500 CEO, a courageous dean and an adventurous group of music faculty, staff and students launched Music on the Square, a laboratory for community engagement through the arts. Taking it one step further, they decided to document the experiment so others might benefit from what they learn.
Slogging/Blogging Through Change chronicles the Music on the Square project. Narrated by School of Music Dean Mark McCoy and Mark Rabideau, director of the 21CM initiative, the blog promises a regularly updated and unvarnished look at community engagement. Check out Rabideau’s first post here.