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UH Moment: “Creative Works Minor”

A real understanding of art, in any of its forms, requires more than thoughtful observation.  It requires context; an investigation of its connection to the world around it.  It requires a study such as the University of Houston Creative Work Minor. Listen to this week’s UH Moment.


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“Art is definitely ideas, art is passion but art is also material,” said John Harvey, poet-in-residence and director of the UH Center for Creative Work.  “Art is about location; art is about blood, right, family; And it’s also the tradition that it’s part of.”

John Harvey, Director of the UH Center for Creative WorkJohn Harvey, Director of the UH Center for Creative Work

The Creative Work Minor is new for fall and housed in the Honors College.  It’s open to students of any major and provides an interdisciplinary view about art and how it connects to other studies.

“How does political science class connect with how you think about art?  How does that philosophy class?  How does that business class,” Harvey said.  “I see it as a way of furthering the degree that you get from UH as a holistic experience, that everything connects.  Everything is shaping each other.”

Among the more than 40 classes to choose from is a capstone class, “Artists in the Region,” which focuses on writers in Texas and surrounding areas.

“The artists in the regions class allows you to step into the world of words and it becomes three dimensional; it becomes the air you breathe; it becomes the dirt you touch and that is what convinces everyone of it being alive,” he said.   

It’s Harvey’s hope that students find their perspective altered — enhanced — and that they find themselves newly connected to their world through art.

“A course like this is designed to open you up inside.”

The Creative Work minor is part of what’s happening at the University of Houston.  I’m Marisa Ramirez.

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