The Metaverse is Just a Digital Re-brand

And introducing: Letters from the Metaverse Like most young children, I didn’t have much say in the matter of what I could do at any given time. My daily life revolved around movement from space to space for purposes of education, moral upbringing and practicality. Although my parents weren’t very strict, I didn’t have much... Continue Reading →

How I Met the Metaverse

The year is 2000 and something. I’m talking about how cool The Matrix looks with my brother. Since we saw the announcement that the movie would air on TV soon, our childish voices and minds revolved around The Matrix. There was no better way to spend the quiet afternoons when there was nothing to do... Continue Reading →

Week 11: Arts Education Journal Entry

When discussing the need to prioritize arts education, I wish the following quote by Kurt Vonnegut was convincing enough: “[The arts] are a very human way of making life more bearable.” That reasoning should be enough, because the arts are what we need to live in this life, but unfortunately we live in a society... Continue Reading →

Week 10: Measuring Impact Journal Entry

The study Cultural Clusters: The Implications of Cultural Assets Agglomeration for Neighborhood Revitalization takes a unique view at assessing the impact of the arts on a broader community. The study is done in the context that cities have focused their creative placemaking efforts on big, blockbuster-type projects that aim to attract large crowds through the... Continue Reading →

Week 09: Cultural Participation Journal Entry

Understanding if arts participation is going through a decline or a renaissance is a tough question to answer that requires many different data sets and lines of inquiry to fully understand. One potential route that I think could help us understand the picture better is looking at Pierre Bourdieu’s cultural capital reproduction theory, which explores... Continue Reading →

Week 08: Working with Data Journal Entry

The question I want to explore in this assignment is what does American participation in the arts look like? Collecting and evaluating this data will help us understand the question of what barriers to arts access exist that I’ve been exploring in this class so far this semester. I’m really interested in understanding how much... Continue Reading →

Week 7: Curate Good Data Visualizations

In week 2, I created a mind map focused on Access to Arts and Culture where the scenario presented the challenge around establishing data analysis to help find access blindspots that can be immediately addressed. The mind map explored many potential barriers to entry with engaging with the arts, be they awareness, monetary or proximity... Continue Reading →

Week 6: Data visualization critique

The visualizations in this slide deck are pretty rough and are missing a few things to make them useful communication tools. Across the five examples I selected below, each one would need someone to thoroughly explain the visualization, otherwise it's meaningless. It takes a while between seeing each visualization and understanding it. And often, you... Continue Reading →

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