Creative Audience

Explore new ideas and interests with Northern Vermont University-Johnson's Creative Audience course. 

Creative Audience is a 1-credit course without a single classroom or meeting time that has been a part of the Johnson academic and first-year experience since 2009. You'll earn credit and take a step toward completing your general education requirements while enjoying a diverse range of events at Johnson. Creative Audience comprises arts, cultural, academic and athletics events offered throughout the school year, much of it connected to the current year’s Common Book. All students are required to take two semesters of Creative Audience, which involves attending four Creative Audience events per semester.

The goals of the Creative Audience course are in keeping with the Northern Vermont University’s mission that students gain self-awareness and confidence, tolerance for and appreciation of cultural and intellectual diversity, and the ability to think through and solve problems creatively. You’ll be exposed to new concepts and interests with topics that in some cases support the Common Reading Initiative.

Spring 2020 Remote Creative Audience Events

Students enrolled in Creative Audience should look for more details and assignments in Canvas through the NVU Portal.

Questions? Email

NVU Student Production: And (directed by Skylar Bradley)

Monday, May 1, 2020 | 8 a.m.
Link to remote event

Join the Creative Audience class and the greater NVU community as we enjoy the NVU student production "And," directed by Skylar Bradley.
Aaron has something big on his mind, and he's having trouble getting it off his chest. He grapples with the fact that billions of different moments are happening simultaneously - the comic next to the tragic, the life-changing next to the mundane. Ultimately, he goes through this mental exercise to try to come to terms with the fact that he was playing a video game at the same time something was happening to his sister in the room right next to him.

Art/Photography - Recreate Your Favorite Painting

Monday, April 13 | 8 a.m.

Join the Creative Audience class and the greater NVU community and take the Getty Challenge!

We invite you (and your families) to join us this week's Creative Audience "event."

Inspired by a challenge put out by the Getty Museum, we challenge you (and our Creative Audience students) to recreate a work of art with objects (and people...and pets) in your home.

Choose your favorite artwork and then recreate that artwork with items, objects, pets and people in your own space. Take a photo. Post the original artwork and your photo on Instagram or Facebook and use the hashtag #NVUGetty. Also email it directly to us at

Can't think of a favorite painting off the top of your head? Take a virtual tour of one of the following museums to get inspired:
• Louvre – online tours at 
• Rijksmuseum: Visit the museum online at Alternately you can experience this multimedia tour using the Rijksmuseum app on your mobile phone at: The app will guide you step by step along artworks in the museum.
• Explore the Uffizi Galleries and discover the wonders of Florence's famous museum. Visit: 
• Musee D’Orsay: Visit:

Have fun with it! We can't wait to see what your creative minds come up with!

Netflix Documentary: Crip Camp

This documentary is available on Netflix and is assigned for Creative Audience students during the week of March 30.

Camp Jened was a summer camp in the Catskills for disabled teens. Directors Nicole Newnham and Jim LeBrecht (a former Jened camper) deliver a film about a group of campers turned activists who shaped the future of the disability-rights movement and changed accessibility legislation for everyone. Filled with the spirit, music, and humor of the era, Newnham and LeBrecht speak firsthand to the seeds of empowerment that were planted at Camp Jened. Incredible camp footage from 1971 captures how the campers were finally seen beyond their disabilities. The film also shows how Camp Jened alumni led the fight for disability rights in the United States and beyond.

Creative Audience students were asked the following:

  • Why was Camp Jened such an important breeding ground for activism for so many of its campers? 
  • Did you have any stereotypes about people with disabilities before watching this film? After watching Crip Camp, do you feel like your views have changed? 

Dance: Alvin Ailey "Revelations"

This performance is available online here.

Witness an iconic masterpiece of American dance, Alvin Ailey’s Revelations. Described by The New York Times as “one of the great works of the human spirit,” this stunning, soulful tour de force draws on African-American spirituals, song-sermons, gospel songs, and holy blues. Featuring Wayne McGregor’s sumptuous Chroma, set to a score by Joby Talbot with orchestrations of songs by The White Stripes; Ronald K. Brown’s Grace, a powerful meeting of modern and West African dance with a soundtrack by Duke Ellington, Roy Davis, and Fela Kuti; and Robert Battle’s humorous, high-flying Takademe. 

Creative Audience students were asked the following:

  • Did you notice any interesting relationships among the dancers as individuals or in a group? Please explain.
  • How would you say the mood shifted throughout each piece?

Shakespeare: Twelfth Night (National Theatre Live)

This is the event for the week of April 23-30 streaming free on YouTube from 7 p.m. on April 23 until 7 p.m. on April 30, 2020.
This performance is available online here.

Tamsin Greig is Malvolia in a new twist on Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity. A ship is wrecked on the rocks. Viola is washed ashore but her twin brother Sebastian is lost. Determined to survive on her own, she steps out to explore a new land. So begins a whirlwind of mistaken identity and unrequited love. The nearby households of Olivia and Orsino are overrun with passion. Even Olivia's upright housekeeper Malvolia is swept up in the madness. Where music is the food of love, and nobody is quite what they seem, anything proves possible.