Linking three existing programs— art management, the faculty exhibit program, and library community galleries— the Creative Works program at Kennedy Library supports curiosity-based scholarship, creativity, and research at Cal Poly.
The program provides experiential learning opportunities with the university art collection (including an internship program, access to the collection through an online catalog, and course integration); collaborative faculty-driven exhibits; and adaptable gallery spaces for students and faculty to showcase their scholarly and creative work in a variety of ways. The program includes a publishing component through the production of visually rich digital exhibit catalogs.
This combined organization introduces the three programs and their display spaces to a participatory platform model, which reinforces the central tenet that the campus community drives the programming by placing their research, scholarship and creativity as the catalyst for participation. This core principle of the Creative Works Program aligns with the library’s mission and values. The intent of these program areas steadfastly considers the focus of Cal Poly students and faculty research areas, enabling the library to offer up-to-date support to the scholarship of our campus community.