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People talk about how important it is to think like an artist and ‘work outside the box’—or about how creative thinkers are the future of the workforce. However, innovators often lack the support needed to show their true potential. With the most interdisciplinary RLC on campus to date, focusing on hands-on thinking, making, and culture, Shapers creates a network of creative thinkers and lifelong connections essential to excelling in the creative economy. Together as Shapers and Creators, we will envision the future and work together to build it.

— Tom Friel, Newcomb Art Museum

Shapers & Creators

The Shapers and Creators RLC provides a needed social group and outlet for creative thinkers at Tulane. Participating students come from all backgrounds and departments, but are united as visual thinkers and problem solvers, actively engaged with creative learning. Through this immersion, they become a peer group of hands-on learners and thinkers, exploring positive methods to produce creative concepts.

  • Work with faculty, staff, visiting artists, architects and engineers to expand their skill sets while creating unique works, both in and out of the Residence hall
  • Take part in robust programming in the Newcomb Art Museum
  • Explore the art and culture of New Orleans and create an interdisciplinary creative network at Tulane University

Based in the Departments of Art, Architecture, Dance, Theater, Science and Engineering, the Shapers and Creators RLC aims to engage hands on thinking from many disciplines. The core group of students will work with faculty, staff, visiting artists, architects and engineers to expand their skill sets while creating unique works, both in and out of the Residence Hall. Members will take part in robust programming in the Newcomb Art Museum, the state of the art Maker Space, as well as exploring the art and culture of New Orleans and create an interdisciplinary creative network at Tulane University.

Affiliated TIDES

All first-year students at Tulane Universities are required to take a TIDES course. Members of Residential Learning Communities have the opportunity to enroll in a TIDES course that explores the concepts and values of their community in depth. In 2017, the affiliated course for Shapers and Creators is:

  • "The Architecture of Place" (TIDE 1013-01). Thursdays 11:00am-12:15pm. How can architecture define a place? How do buildings support social constructs and cultural patterns? How do spatial relationships, proportions, and forms shape how we move through and experience places? How do the lines, curves, textures, and colors of walls, roofs, railings and other built elements impact our senses, emotions, and memories? All of these questions will be explored as students learn about the particular built environment that makes New Orleans so unmistakably New Orleans. Students will be coached in using photography, drawing, and writing to record their impressions of the built environment.

Living Options

The Shapers and Makers Residential Learning Community is in the Warren Residence Hall.

How to Apply

You may apply for the Shapers & Creators RLC through the student housing application process. Your answers to some supplemental, RLC-specific questions will be evaluated by a committee. If you are accepted, you will be notified and be sent more information on the room selection and roommate process.

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