The Story

Put The Community In Community College

 

Since coming to Palomar in 1995, I’ve noticed the paradox that our sprawling community college often lacked a sense of community. It is my passionate belief that The Performing Arts provide a unique forum for building community by bringing people together for a shared experience that opens hearts, minds and eyes. Over the years I have initiated several collaborations to explore those possibilities. The momentum has been building as the community has appreciated these projects and the technology to connect large numbers of people in dialogue has developed. The Performing Hearts Project brings all these efforts together into a multilayered collaboration on the internet, in classrooms across our campus, the community at large and in the intimate setting of our performance venues.

The Performing Hearts Project was sparked when the Palomar College Committee to Combat Hate (PC3H) invited the Theatre Program to present a play that would be relevant to the LGBTQ&A (LesbianGayBi-SexualTransgenderQueer&Allied) community and would contribute to making Palomar an open, welcoming campus. A project was born!  An invitation to dialogue and action.

The culmination of our 2011-12 project year will be a theatre production on an LGBTQ&A theme that will be chosen by a vote from our community.

 The beauty of the project is that it creates opportunities for participation in many levels and scales. Anyone can create a project that relates to our theme. It might be a classroom project that involves only a handful of students. It might involve one person standing on a street corner with a sign. It might be ambitious enough to engage a wide range of students, faculty, staff. community members, classes, committees etc. Make your project. Post pictures, videos or other documentation here on the blog. Get you participants to post comments and dialogue here on the blog.

Let’s put the community in community college.

-Michael Mufson, Professor of Theatre-


Societies in Transition

Posted by on September 2, 2014 in Societies in Transition | 1 comment

Societies in Transition

The whole world seems to be experiencing a critical juncture.  Everywhere we look conflict and crisis foment uncertainty.  How can our political, economic and social structures respond to the rising tide of environmental degradation, climate change, ideological extremism, unemployment, poverty, disease, racial injustice and war?  How do individuals cope with the instability and uncertainty of their fragile situations.  Our performance projects and associated public forums will explore these questions and look for innovative thinking and...

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Connecting Classrooms Program

Posted by on March 12, 2012 in Analyze This, Connecting Classrooms, Discuss-Debate | 0 comments

Connecting Classrooms Program

Learn More About Connecting Our Classrooms

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Critical Questions Facing Our Nation

Posted by on September 17, 2012 in The Right To Think? | 0 comments

Critical Questions Facing Our Nation

In our current political and economic climate, what are the obstacles and challenges to creating a well-informed citizenry capable of grappling with the difficult choices that face our nation?

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Participating Classes 2012-13

Posted by on August 17, 2012 in Participating Classes 2012-13 | 1 comment

Participating Classes 2012-13

Faculty Participant Join Here

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Critical Thinking Under Attack

Posted by on August 15, 2012 in The Right To Think? | 1 comment

Critical Thinking Under Attack

Critical Thinking Under Attack

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Interview with playwright Steven Dietz

Posted by on August 14, 2012 in 2012-13, Paragon Springs | 472 comments

Interview with playwright Steven Dietz

Paragon Springs  Interview of Steven Deitz and William Brown courtesy of www.timelinetheatre.com TimeLine’s Artistic Director PJ Powers [PP] chatted recently with playwright Steven Dietz [SD] and director William Brown [WB] about TimeLine’s production of PARAGON SPRINGS.   [PP] Steven, what inspired you to do an adaptation of Ibsen’s AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE?    [SD] I was approached by the Milwaukee Rep. about the adaptation. [Milwaukee Rep Artistic Director] Joe Hanreddy felt it was a timely play and could be given a new, American...

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2012-13 Theme: The Right To Think?!

Posted by on August 14, 2012 in 2012-13, Great Images, The Right To Think? | 3 comments

2012-13 Theme: The Right To Think?!

Our theme for 2012-13 is “The Right To Think?! Science, Politics and Public Perception.”  Our four theatre productions investigate different aspects of the current American discourse on the relationship between truth and ideology.   In each play, knowledge  provided by science creates personal and social crisis over questions of ethics, morality , politics, economics and the public good. These American landscapes include the issues of industrial waste and pollution, media manipulation in the interest of  economics, the uninformed...

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Ruminations on Marriage

Posted by on May 10, 2012 in Between The Silence, Discuss-Debate | 643 comments

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser. Click the arrow above to listen to this powerful  composition by Palomar Music faculty Madelyn Byrne.  The source material for this composition was over 11 hours of recorded audio interviews with Palomar faculty and staffon the subject of marriage.  Madelyn culled the interviews down and added many layers of music and sound  to create this remarkable  7 minute...

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May Day Flyers Half Page

Posted by on April 22, 2012 in Occupy Theatre | 5 comments

May-Day-Half-Page-Titanic - right click and save as to download the pdf version of the flyers in english and spanish      ...

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