Craig Arthur | Movers & Shakers 2019 – Innovators

“If it doesn’t work out, just learn from it,” says Craig Arthur of his approach to Digging in the Crates. A community-driven program hosted at Virginia Tech’s (VTU) Newman Library, it features hip-hop study hours, a monthly seminar series, open studio hours, media literacy workshops, and partner-created events. Combining his skills as a librarian and DJ, Arthur’s programs “draw students and community members who may never have attended library events and open up doorways to conversation and art that library users may never have encountered,” says Lisa Becksford, a VTU colleague.

Craig Arthur

CURRENT POSITION

Head, Foundational Instruction & Engagement, Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg

DEGREE

MLIS, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, 2012

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“If it doesn’t work out, just learn from it,” says Craig Arthur of his approach to Digging in the Crates. A community-driven program hosted at Virginia Tech’s (VTU) Newman Library, it features hip-hop study hours, a monthly seminar series, open studio hours, media literacy workshops, and partner-created events. Combining his skills as a librarian and DJ, Arthur’s programs “draw students and community members who may never have attended library events and open up doorways to conversation and art that library users may never have encountered,” says Lisa Becksford, a VTU colleague.

One example is his workshop on DJing and fair use, which explores a history of hip-hop DJing in connection to fair use by showcasing various DJs’ artistic journeys and illustrating how sampling existing work is imperative to the creative process. By reframing traditional scholarly topics as they apply to popular culture, Digging in the Crates connects passion to professional opportunities and artists, fans, and scholars to one another so they can come together to create, share, and learn.

Community connections are key. Representatives from 11 campus units and four student organizations make up the program’s leadership board. Some students serve as creative directors, developing lesson plans, promoting events, and sharing expertise. Arthur has fostered conversations around gender, social justice, and mental health and given a voice to diverse students—some of whom, Becksford says, “may not feel at home in the academy and whose interests are often invisible.”

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JP Porcaro

Woah Craig!!! You been grinding for years, cool to see you on here!!!!

Posted : Mar 08, 2019 06:08


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