This course examines the art practices in city, town and village communities both past and present to better understand its effectiveness with multiple generations in a community. How have artists and their communities engaged and intervened with public life? Students will study historical and current artists works in communities that address public issues of inequity, social representation, natural disasters, cultural and environmental degradation, political and civil unrest and governance. How has this affected revitalization in urban and rural regions? As a field component, the class will continue research and development on the curricular design of the music school, Joudour Sahara, in M’Hamid El Ghizlane oasis , South Sahara Morocco. Bennington will launch a field work term for 2 students and faculty exchange to the school , winter of 2018 when the music school opens. Joudour Sahara is being build in the UNESCO biosphere and Bennington is collaborating with NGOS Sahara Foundation, Zaila Foundation, Playing For Change and Aziza Chaouni Design Projects to open the afterschool music program, its facilities and support the mission of cultural and environmental preservation.