Artist Citizen Curriculum
Community-based projects are an essential part of a Curtis education, informing students’ development as artists and empowering them to invent careers with impact after their graduation.
The most inspiring professional musicians of today conceive and realize projects rooted in their art, and understand how to engage audiences of all kinds, deeply and fully. At the Curtis Institute of Music, students develop these skills by leading community-based projects that meaningfully affect the lives of others. In the process they become artist-citizens who are committed to deploying their world-class artistry to engage audiences and transform lives.
Community engagement has been part of the Curtis student experience for over 20 years. In 2014 the school launched a new artist-citizen curriculum to equip students with the essential skills they will need as musicians in the 21st century. At each stage of the curriculum, Curtis students work with their peers and community partners in Philadelphia to provide rich artistic experiences through performance. Graduates have the option to continue their work in the community through the Community Artist Fellowship program, which tailors placements to the discipline, experience, and interests of young Curtis alumni.