Connecting Art with Science and the University with the Community: The Prodigy Experience

  • Jerry Miller University of South Florida
  • Robin Ersing University of South Florida
Keywords: Higher Education, Community Engagement, Arts, Crime Prevention


Prodigy is an example of a program that is successful due to its being a program that is community engaged. Prodigy is a community arts program, crime prevention and diversion program, serving ten thousand people in seven counties. This article discusses the roles, challenges, and successes of the partnerships with the School of Social Work at the University of South Florida and over fifteen community agencies.