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-


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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Amidst the Complexities, Love Transforms: Notes From Bluefish Cove

Posted by on March 30, 2012 in Discuss-Debate | 18 comments

Amidst the Complexities, Love Transforms: Notes From Bluefish Cove

Director’s Notes for Last Summer At Bluefish Cove

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Sample Assignment from Bill Jahnel

Posted by on March 28, 2012 in Connecting Classrooms, Discuss-Debate | 12 comments

Sample Assignment from Bill Jahnel

This is an example of an extra credit assignment from Bill Jahnel in the Economics, History and Political Science Department

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What does marriage mean to you?

Posted by on March 23, 2012 in Discuss-Debate | 29 comments

What does marriage mean to you?

How do you define marriage? What makes it sacred? If marriage = a loving couple committing to each other for the rest of their lives, who else should be part of the equation? Some people believe a marriage is only valid if done in church by a priest, while others are content to be legally married in a courthouse. Some couples want to have a ceremony to involve all the people they love as witnesses of the solidifying of their union. Some couples already feel committed to their bond but want the law to acknowledge their bond for tax, insurance,...

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Is Homosexuality a Lifestyle Choice?

Posted by on March 21, 2012 in Discuss-Debate | 21 comments

Is Homosexuality a Lifestyle Choice?

Is Homosexuality a Lifestyle Choice?

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On Gay Marriage, Bluefish Cove Was Ahead Of It’s Time

Posted by on March 12, 2012 in Discuss-Debate | 43 comments

On Gay Marriage, Bluefish Cove Was Ahead Of It’s Time

On Gay Marriage, Bluefish Cove Was Ahead Of It’s Time

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Connecting Classrooms Program

Posted by on March 12, 2012 in Connecting Classrooms | 3 comments

Connecting Classrooms Program

Palomar Coffee Talks  invites teachers and students to participate in this integrative learning project. Pablo Picasso famously described art as, “A lie that reveals the truth.”  We offer performances and public gatherings that provide an occasion to analyze aspects of our society and the human condition from the multiple perspectives provided by differing academic disciplines. For the Fall of 2015, we are focusing on two questions raised by Bertolt Brecht’s provocative play THE GOOD PERSON OF SETZUAN: What does it mean to be a...

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Respond to Pride Fest

Posted by on March 12, 2012 in Discuss-Debate | 1 comment

This is the place to share your experiences and analysis of Palomar’s Pride Fest.

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Respond to Keynote Address

Posted by on March 12, 2012 in Discuss-Debate | 1 comment

This is the place to share your experiences and analysis of the Keynote Address.

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Respond to Day of Silence

Posted by on March 12, 2012 in Discuss-Debate | 8 comments

This is the place to share your experiences and analysis of the Day of Silence.

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