October 29, 2020

The Nomad MFA announces 2021 hyperlocal curriculum and life long learning with info sessions

Hartford Art School

Nomad MFA Class of 2022, TechnoLab: Hydrofeminist METitations with Christy Gast and Camila Marambio of Ensayos. Screenshot: Nomad MFA; Photos: Julie Chen. 

The Nomad MFA announces upcoming information sessions on their current hyperlocal curriculum, and the global lifelong learning community that the program is launching in 2021.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, the Nomad MFA has developed a hyperlocal online curriculum which fosters in-depth, site-specific learning and a resilient learning community of students and faculty. These courses consider the places where students live to be a living classroom. Current examples of the Nomad MFA hyperlocal courses include: Art & Place: Land.Border.Confinement taught by Anthony Romero; River Lab taught by Mary Mattingly; and TechnoLab: Hydrofeminist METitations taught by Christy Gast and Camila Marambio of the collective research practice Ensayos.

Beginning this year, students in our program will have the ability to stay connected through ongoing residencies after they graduate, through attending alumni units in the program’s future, post-pandemic, site visits. With this adjustment, the Nomad MFA is developing into an ongoing artistic and intellectual community dedicated to regenerative culture, social change, and adaptation. This new policy complements the current online curriculum brought on by the pandemic. It promises to create lasting value for Nomad MFA alumni and faculty, as they will be able to continue contribute to, and be supported by, this educational community for years to come.

Created in 2015, the Nomad MFA is a NASAD accredited, low-residency graduate program offered by the University of Hartford’s Hartford Art School. It features a high-impact, field-based curriculum that includes art, ecology, study of place, indigenous knowledge systems, anti-racism training, decolonial studies, and the craft-to-code technology continuum. The Nomad MFA provides artists deeper ways of engaging with their home community, and a network of communities in the Americas. The curriculum addresses today’s most pressing cultural, environmental and social issues through embodied, ethical learning strategies. This singular MFA program is dedicated to regenerative culture. Courses are conducted in the field—when possible—where the program has long-term engagements with each site, including the Laberinto Institute in El Salvador; New York City solidarity economy sites; Seed Broadcast, and the Flowering Tree Permaculture Institute in rural New Mexico; Tlayadona in Oaxaca, MX; Love the Everglades Movement and the Koubek Center in Miami, FL; and the Water Bar and Public Art Saint Paul in the Twin Cities, MN. An overview of residency sites is found at

Upcoming info sessions, RSVP to mfa [​at​]

November 12, 2020: Nomad MFA Overview hosted by Director Carol Padberg and faculty Caroline Woolard. 1pm Eastern Time.

December 2, 2020: Exploring the TechnoLab: Hydrofeminist METitations. Join Christy Gast and Camila Marambio from the collective research practice Ensayos as they discuss the Hydrofeminist METitations Podcast project with Nomad MFA contributing students. 1pm Eastern Time.

December 16, 2020: River Lab: Hyperlocal, Place-Based Pedagogy with faculty Mary Mattingly. 12pm Eastern Time.

January 6, 2020: Are You Ready to Apply? with Director Carol Padberg. 2pm Eastern Time.

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