All first-year seminars share an emphasis on navigating the Berklee experience, building a foundation for success as a student and an artist, and creating a sense of community among students and faculty. This seminar challenges students to examine and redefine the way we view artistic space. Students will explore various definitions of art, investigate the presence and role of art in the community, and discover where art is created and performed. In the 21st century, artistic spaces have been redefined and expanded beyond the studio or concert hall. Public art, collaborative projects and spaces, and accessibility to art will be explored. Students will look at ways that art can be used beyond traditional boundaries. This course helps students discover and advocate for issues facing artists and creates a safe, reflective space for discourse and debate. It gives students tools to understand the role of art in society, to put their own and their classmates’ beliefs and values in context, and expose their own biases. Students will draw upon their skills and concerns as artists to reach for a more informed, nuanced, and open-minded grasp of the role of art in society.