“Art in Schools” scholar to work and learn in South Africa
December 17, 2010

Fourth-year Fine Art student Emma May will spend the winter 2011 semester in Cape Town, South Africa as the first recipient of NSCAD’s new Art in Schools scholarship,  a unique research initiative that combines service learning with independent study.

As an artist-in-residence, Emma will assess the positive effects of creative programming on learning outcomes of grade school students.  Part of a three-person research team that includes a student from Stellenbosch University and a local artist, Emma will work at a public school in a township outside Cape Town. Together, the artists will help learners  explore creativity by developing and delivering creative “interventions” within the context of the established school curriculum, across a range of disciplines.

In addition, Emma will be given studio space in the Department of Visual Arts at Stellenbosch University and participate in a fourth-year seminar course.

“I have always focussed my practice on the ‘public’ in public art,” explains Emma, whose studio work focuses on sculpture and installation. “My single most important goal as an artist is to help people through my work, and I know this opportunity will help me build a strong foundation to do that.”

“Emma can expect to experience a vibrant and rich culture, with people who care deeply about their heritage,” explains President David B. Smith.

“Art in Schools is about harnessing creativity not only to affect learning outcomes across subject matter not even remotely related to art, but to positively and tangibly affect a community’s social welfare,” adds President Smith. “That’s the power of the creative process.”

The Art in Schools study abroad opportunity is worth 15 credits towards a degree requirement and, thanks to the generosity of a close friend of NSCAD, the entire cost of the experience - beyond regular tuition and fees – will be covered.

Emma and David
(l to r) President David B. Smith with Emma May