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Arts 101

What is community arts? See our collection of introductory essays covering a variety of aspects of community arts, Overview Essays

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Just the Facts
Is there any research on community arts? See our annotated directory, Studies and Statistics

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Basic Training
Where can I get training in community arts? See our annotated directory, Places to Study

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Higher Education
How is community arts taught at the college/ university level? See our learning resource, CANuniversity

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Outside the Box
What can community arts learn from other fields? See our learning resource, Cross-Sector Resources

Special Projects

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Making Exact Change
How U.S. arts-based programs have made a significant and sustained impact on their communities, with case studies of ten exemplary organizations

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The CAN Report
Something new emerges in the field of community cultural development: A report from the Community Arts Network Gathering, May 2004

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The Citizen Artist:
20 Years of Art in the Public Arena

An anthology of articles from High Performance magazine tracing artist involvement in the broader culture

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Performing Communities:
The Grassroots Ensemble Theater Research Project

CAN's inquiry into ensemble theater deeply rooted in eight U.S. communities

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Everybody Say Hallelujah
Commentary on the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange community performance initiative, 1998-2002

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Connecting Californians:
finding the art of community change

Exploration of story as a powerful means of building community

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Spirit of the Northwest:
claiming community identity 1998-2000

An arts initiative that took place in six widely scattered Northwest rural communities

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The ROOTS Reader
An anthology of writing by and about the artists of Alternate ROOTS (1987- present)


Most Recent CAN Essays

Poems in the Public Interest
By Linda Frye Burnham (April 2010)
Something Different Is Stirring: DIY Culture in Silicon Valley
By Tom Borrup (April 2010)
Book Excerpt - Suzanne Lacy: Spaces Between
By Sharon Irish (April 2010)
Book Excerpt - By Heart: Poetry, Prison, and Two Lives
By Judith Tannenbaum and Spoon Jackson (March 2010)
Creative City Fever: The 2010 City, Culture and Society Conference, Munich
By Tom Borrup (March 2010)

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Most Recent CAN Links
Inside Stories
New Lens
Meaningful Media
Zinn Education Project
Bay Area Native American Indian Network

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