Off-campus, hands-on, real-world collaborations
In 2011, Art History entered into a rich partnership with DMAHL (Dallas Mexican American Historical League) that has involved students with DMAHL’s mission to collect photographs and oral histories from elders in the West Dallas Mexican American community. The first project was an undergraduate class for Meadows Scholars titled “Artspace: Mapping Sites of Social Change.” Inspired by the residence of the 2009 Meadows Prize winner Creative Time (a public arts organization), the class was designed as a next phase in the Meadows School’s initiative to explore models of art and urban engagement in 21st century Dallas. Each of the students was assigned a semester-long research project that collaborated with the work of DMAHL, under the guidance of one of three specialists: an art history faculty member, an architect and an installation artist. The collaboration continued over the summer in the form of DMAHL internships devoted to scanning, digitizing and cataloguing part of the DMAHL photo archive. Most recently Prof. Janis Bergman-Carton and SMU Art History students began work with DMAHL and the Dallas Jewish Historical Society on the exhibition "Uptown's Pike Park: From Little Jerusalem to Little Mexico: 100 Years of Settlement," to open at the Latino Cultural Center in Fall 2014.