CAAD is an experimental laboratory for trying out new models of research, pedagogy, and practice, that foreground critical making and doing as complementary activities to critical thinking. CAAD programming is loosely organized around the senses, with 2014-15’s theme of “Vision,” 2015-16’s theme of “Sound,” and 2016-17’s theme of “Touch.”
- After a year of depending on digital forms of learning, we are especially looking forward to working with tangible materials in physical space.The central project of summer 2021 will be to prototype a multidisciplinary workshop space in Old Laundry Building: to develop conceptual models for the workshop’s physical layout, to outline a list of key materials, and also to develop protocols and systems that would support the ongoing use of this kind of shared workshop space.Click to learn more and to apply.
- DeLanna Studi, Cherokee performance artist, activist and winner of the 2016 Butcher Scholar Award from The Autry Museum of the American West, has written AND SO WE WALKED: An Artist’s Journey Along the Trail of Tears, a frank, heartwarming and inspiring story about a contemporary Cherokee woman and her father who embark on an incredible 900-mile journey along the Trail of Tears to truly understand her own identity and the conflicts of her nation.
Filmed during MODfest 2021 at Poughkeepsie's Revel 32, the creators of the new musical MEXODUS, Brian Quijada & Nygel D. Robinson, added another track to their concept album. Special thanks to our collaborators and Powerhouse partners, New York Stage & Film. Find out more about this exciting project at https://www.vassar.edu/modfest/2021/mexodus-a-new-musical.html