Antioch University Seattle Partners with Leading Community Arts Organizations to Benefit Students

This fall, Richard Hugo House and Pratt Fine Arts Center join Freehold to offer courses to Antioch’s B.A. students. More than a dozen students have taken advantage of new course offerings in fine arts, writing and drama to complement those offered at Antioch.

“This is a continuation of Antioch’s long-standing tradition of making sure students are learning outside the classroom, as well as inside, and of combining theory and practice,” says Bryan Tomasovich, director of Antioch’s B.A. in Liberal Studies program.

Students receive academic credit, have an opportunity to interact with a different group of students and faculty and through their classroom participation, bring an academic slant to courses offered to the general public.

The partnerships seek to enhance the community as well as benefiting students. “Antioch’s commitment to social justice and lifelong learning is a perfect complement to Freehold’s vision of creating a place dedicated to continued experimentation in training and performance,” comments Zoe Fitzgerald, managing director of Freehold.

“We couldn’t have come up with a better partner for this kind of collaboration,” says Alix Wilber, program director for Richard Hugo House. “Antioch’s educational philosophy aligns so closely with our own. We are looking forward to introducing Antioch students to Hugo House and at the same time helping to spread the word about our own community opportunities available through Antioch.”

For Antioch, this is the continuation of a strategy to closely align the university with many excellent organizations and resources in the community and provide more opportunities for student learning and collaboration. “This innovative partnership will be a model for other schools to find creative ways to share resources,” states Michelle Bufano, executive director for Pratt Fine Arts Center.

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