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Creative Vision Factory<p><strong>Anne Bowler</strong> is an associate professor of sociology in the Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in classical and contemporary theory and an advanced seminar in the sociology of art. Her research is in the area of cultural sociology, with specific focus on aesthetic-cultural theory and the sociology of art. She has also done historical work on gender. Her work has appeared in <em>Theory & Society; Poetics; Cultural Sociology; Journal of Social History;</em> and <em>Raw Vision</em>.<em> </em>Her current research centers on the rise of a national and international market for self-taught art, also known as Outsider art; theoretical and methodological issues in the sociology of art; and community arts in the context of urban gentrification. <br></p><p><strong>David Kim</strong> is an assistant professor in digital humanities. His research and teaching interests include race and gender in the US, new media studies, and the community-based archives of minoritarian cultures. Prior to Delaware, he was an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Occidental College where he co-developed and taught courses for the Center for Digital Liberal Arts, Critical Theory/Social Justice and History. Alongside of his academic work, he has developed numerous digital archives projects with cultural institutions in New York and Los Angeles.  He holds a B.A. in English and Psychology, Rutgers University; M.A. in English, New York University; M.S. in Library and Information Science, Pratt Institute; and a Ph.D. Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles.<br></p>2021<p>​This project promotes experiential learning and community engagement through an ongoing collaboration between an advanced undergraduate seminar in the sociology of art, the Wilmington Archive Project (WAP), and Creative Vision Factory (CVF). Students enrolled in SOCI/MCST 449 contribute to the living history of a community arts organization through research projects that center on cataloguing works and writing artist profiles for the CVF digital archive, founded in the fall of 2018. The collaborative nature of the seminar forms a lens through which students engage with core paradigms in arts sociology that speak to the complex historical relationship between art and social inequality, and the potential role of the arts as a medium for social justice. <br></p>abowler djkim

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