Community Arts
College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Edinboro University

Combine your passion for civic engagement with your love of the arts.

When you choose the Art Education - Community Arts concentration at Edinboro University, you prepare yourself for a satisfying career that celebrates the arts in the world around us. This new interdisciplinary program offers you the unique opportunity to share your talents while you stand up for social justice.

Thanks to a well-balanced curriculum, you will gain a breadth of skills in the arts, as well as a background in other topics that interest you, such as anthropology, sociology and communication. Field experiences will help you become comfortable working with people from all backgrounds, including those in struggling communities, individuals with mental or physical disabilities and victims of racial, domestic or commercial exploitation and abuse.

You’ll graduate well-prepared to tackle the work of community arts professionals, coordinating and implementing project-based initiatives and using art as a medium for educating communities that are affected by poverty, drugs, violence and neglect.

Expert Faculty

Accomplished faculty and staff instruct, guide and inspire Edinboro students to achieve and lead. EU faculty are recognized for their commitment to student success and creating a personal and engaging academic environment.

Experiential Learning

The Edinboro experience extends well beyond the classroom. EU students prepare for careers and life through opportunities for hands-on learning, collaborative research with faculty, global travel and internships.

Modern Facilities

Fighting Scots live, work and play in state-of-the-art facilities on EU’s picturesque 585-acre campus. Located just 20 miles south of Erie, Pennsylvania’s fourth-largest city, Edinboro is bustling with exciting activities.

The Art Department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Why choose Edinboro?

The Art Department at Edinboro is one of the largest in the nation, and meets the same rigorous standards as the finest art programs in the nation. With a concentration in Community Arts, you will hone your skills under the guidance of highly regarded faculty while you explore ways to use the arts to impact society. As a student, you will enjoy:

Access to a variety of visual arts studios, as well as theatre and music facilities.

Opportunities in community arts programming and art therapy.

Close access to cultural organizations and events that the metropolitan area of Erie offers.

Field experiences in a variety of settings, with all ages and various populations.

What can you do with this degree?

Plenty. With a B.S. in Art Education - Community Arts, you can work closely with community groups to help individuals discover their true potential, or help a non-profit organization implement projects that bring the arts to people who might not otherwise have that opportunity. Your responsibilities may include:

Performing administrative activities such as fundraising, bid writing and budget management.

Establishing a pool of professionals that hires or works on projects.

Crafting art work in the community.

Supporting and managing volunteers.

Helping community groups decide on the kind of art work to be developed for their community.

Publicizing and marketing projects through the press and social media.

Forming liaisons with companies, schools, local authorities, specialist workers and freelance professionals.

Teaching individuals various art techniques through classes and workshops.

Cultivating new groups and helping existing groups.

"Cultural workers in the arts can make a significant difference in their community."

Dr. Jay Hanes, Associate Professor