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During the past several months, many discussions have focused on the experiential learning opportunities that have been flourishing at Frostburg State University and their intrinsic value to the learning processes. Psychologist David Kolb defines experiential learning as “the process whereby knowledge is created through the transformation of experience. Knowledge results from the combinations of grasping and transforming experience.” It is widely acknowledged that experience is the best teacher.
When was the last time the words of a song, or a performance on a stage or a troupe of dancers grabbed hold of you, took your heart, soul, spirit and mind – and then let you go – transformed. I can think of no other, more powerful example of “experiential learning” at its best than the mind-opening experience the arts offer. Indian activist and editor Satish Kumar once said, “Art is a force of transformation and self-realization. This transformative power of the arts gives us a sense of belonging and unlocks the doors of optimism and hope.”
We began a transformation within Cultural Events Series last season. We increased our focus on integrating the arts into education, community and life. We challenged our audiences to learn more about the arts and apply this knowledge to their lives. This season we have challenged ourselves to expand the experiences and provide opportunities for our campus and community to share in this process.
This season, we want to hear from you. Your stories and comments about the impact the arts and Cultural Events Series have on you will assist us in opening the door to inspire others. We want you to share why the arts are important to you. We want to hear how a particular performance transformed you. We want you to tell us about your experiences and help us bring you new experiences. In exchange, we will provide a wealth of opportunities that allow you to embrace and expand Frostburg State University’s experiential learning.
Like us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter. Repin with us on Pinterest. Watch us on YouTube. Blog with us on Tumblr. But most important … experience with us and be transformed!
Director, Cultural Events Series at Frostburg State University