Students on an exploratory field trip of art in urban spaces, Phoenix, AZ, 2019, photo by author.
Johanna Taylor’s classes connect interdisciplinary scholarship and real-world examples to inspire students to become active in creating their own narratives, seeing themselves as not just living in the world but realizing that they can be agents of transformation. Classes bring professionals into the classroom to share their experiences as artists, administrators, and city officials as well as take students into the field to study.
Since 2017, she has been teaching core classes in the MA in Creative Enterprise and Cultural Leadership program at Arizona State University. These classes have included a methods course called Creativity and Design Thinking, which connects students with a real world example in partnership with the City of Tempe to consider how to support artists and designers. The class taught both design thinking approaches and qualitative research methods through hands on assignments in the classroom and in the field. The seminar Media Production and Distribution in the Creative Industries explores how changing structures of media influence the creative and cultural industries. She also focused the program’s proposal development course on creative strategy development, writing, and idea pitching. In leading a field experience trip, Taylor immersed students in the creative and cultural industries in New York City including site visits and meetings to BRIC, LMCC, Harlem Stage, and other organizations. She has also taught classes about art, community, and public spaces, including a collaborative lab course that partnered business school students with art and design students working with a local business improvement district.
Prior to joining ASU, she taught undergraduate classes at Parsons the New School for Design about art and urbanism, socially engaged art, and seminars for first year students in writing and research methods. She also taught a class for undergraduates about activating urban spaces at Stanford University as a fellow of the Stanford Arts Institute.