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Project Director & Managing Editor:
Ken Krafchek, Maryland Institute College of Art

Coordinating Editor:
Amalia Mesa-Bains, California State University Monterey Bay

Project coordinator:
Paula Philips, Maryland Institute College of Art

Editorial Board:
Stephani Woodson, Arizona State University
Amalia Mesa-Bains, California State University Monterey Bay
Paul Teruel, Columbia College Chicago
Marina Gutierrez, Cooper Union
Jan Cohen-Cruz, Imagining America
Ken Krafchek, Maryland Institute College of Art
Lori Hager, University of Oregon
Sonia BasSheva Ma–jon, Wesleyan University

Maryland Institute College of Art and The Community Arts Network, an online project of Art in the Public Interest

Manuscript Editor:
Linda Frye Burnham

Steven Durland



  Community Arts Perspectives

Volume II, Number 5, January 2010

Postcards from the Community Arts Convening and Research Project, 2009-2010
A final commentary on the yearlong project, its convening and its regional and national dialogues. By Amalia Mesa-Bains

International and Multicultural Community Arts Models: Practices and Global Partnership by Lori Hager (PDF)

Cross-Sector Partnerships and the Role of the Arts in Policy and Systems Change by Erik Takeshita and Anusha Venkataraman (PDF)

Confronting Failure with Band-Aids and Gauze by Nicole Garneau (PDF)

The State of Knowledge Production and Critical Discourse in the Art-and-social-justice Field by Jamie Haft (PDF)

Institutionalization of Community Arts and Its Effect on Urban Communities by Tyrese Johnson (PDF)

The Need for a Community Arts University Without Walls
Community arts training must engage community scholars in the field, community institutions, artists, students and professors as equals. By Marta Moreno Vega

The Latino Dialogue: A Shared Narrative of Hope and Power
The Latinos of Monterey County, Calif., come together to talk about their culture. By Amalia Mesa-Bains

My Iron Tri-Angel: An Urban Neighborhood Seeks To Tell Its Own Story
Residents of the Iron Triangle take control of their own narrative. By Jordan Simmons

Taking Over and Talking Back: Theater as a Forum on Gentrification
New York's citizens talk about what happens when communities change. By Caron Atlas

The Curriculum Project Dialogues
Imagining America has three key conversations about higher education — its teaching of and partnering for community cultural development — at NYU, the University of Pennsylvania and Macalester College. By Jan Cohen-Cruz

A Text as a Bridge — for You, You and You
Reflections and lessons learned during five conversations with Alternate ROOTS about Resources for Social Change. By Gwylene Gallimard and Hope Clark

Volume II, Number 4, December 2009

Lila Staples; Ashley Minner; Paula Gilovich; Karen Mack; Nicole Garneau and Sanjit Sethi; Phyllis Johnson; William Cleveland, Wendy Morris and Erik Takeshita; Jerri Allyn; Ken Krafchek, and Carol Marie Webster

Volume II, Number 3, November 2009

Sophia Chakos-Leiby; Claire Schwadron; Mairead Case, Annie Knepler and Rupal Soni; Sarah Tooley; Cinder Hypki; Laura D. Cohen; Stephanie Johnson, and Rebecca Yenawine

Volume II, Number 2, October 2009

Michael B. Schwartz, Amalia Mesa-Bains, Stephani Etheridge Woodson, Gail Marlene Schwartz, Johanna Poethig, Christina Ralls and Brett Cook

Volume II, Number 1, September 2009

Writings by Amalia Mesa-Bains, Becky Slogeris, Kate Collins, Megan Carney, Jamie Haft, Julia Di Bussolo, Prudence Browne and Brandi Rose

Volume I, 2008

Contents of the seven issues in Volume I of Community Arts Perspectives

ISSN#: Pending
Copyright: Art in the Public Interest unless otherwise noted; all other publication rights revert to the author(s) thereof.
Opinions expressed by authors of Community Arts Perspectives authors do not necessarily express those of the editors, Maryland Institute College of Art or Art in the Public Interest.
Submissions for further volumes of Community Arts Perspectives are not being acepted at this time.
Citations : Please cite essays in Community Arts Perspectives in this way:
Author last name, first name. "Article Title." Community Arts Perspectives: A Publication of the Community Arts Convening and Research Project. Pub. Community Arts Network and Maryland Institute College of Art. Volume.number (Year). Day Month Year you accessed it, plus URL.
Doe, Jane. "Teaching Dance in Prison." Community Arts Perspectives: A Publication of the Community Arts Convening and Research Project. Community Arts Network and Maryland Institute College of Art. 2.1 (2009). 8 September 2009 <URL>.

Further information about The Community Arts Covening and Research Project (http://www.mica.edu/communityartsconvening)

Advisory Committee
The full Advisory Committee of the Community Arts Convening and Research Project includes the Editorial Board Members, above, and Sanjit Sethi, California College of the Arts; Marta Moreno Vega, Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute; Jordan Simmons, East Bay Center for the Performing Arts; Jamie Haft, Imagining America; John Giordano, Massachusetts College of Art and Design; Marianne R. Petit, New York University Tisch School of the Arts; Caron Atlas, Pratt Institute; Dudley Cocke, Roadside Theater; Grady Hillman, Texas State University-San Marcos; Billy Yalowitz, Tyler School of Art, Temple University; Pepon Osorio, Tyler School of Art, Temple University; Robert H. Leonard, Virginia Tech University.

Funder, Sponsor and Project History

The Nathan Cummings Foundation (NCF) has provided funding to support the Community Arts Convening & Research Project, making possible two national convenings, research and publication of research and writing arising from the project concerning the work of the universities with degree-granting programs in arts and community building.

For more than five years, NCF’s Art and Culture Program has supported universities that are teaching their students how to use art as a tool for community organizing. Each year, the number of universities creating these programs has grown, and in the spirit of community-based work, these universities have shared curriculum, they have partnered on grants, and five of them published a casebook. In 2006, NCF grantees convened in New Orleans and developed a strategy for strengthening the community arts program at Xavier University in New Orleans—recommendations that are being implemented this year. Additionally, universities from across the county convened at California College of the Arts in November of 2006.

The 2008 meeting at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and the 2009 meeting at California State University Monterey Bay enabled faculty, students and community members to generate new ideas, solve problems, share practices and identify new research questions.

Maryland Institute College of Art has a long history of creative community engagement and is dedicated to the development and advancement of community arts models at several levels. Through its Master of Arts in Community Arts (MACA), under the umbrella of the College’s nationalCenter for Arts Education, MICA prepares graduate-level students in the art of building community through collaboration in the arts.  The Community Art Corps (CAC), an AmeriCorps program, works with a cadre of MACA students and other artists in intensive yearlong placements with nonprofit organizations in Baltimore, creating, supporting and sustaining community arts efforts, projects and programs. Since 1998, through the nationally renowned Community Arts Partnership program (CAP), MICA has supported ongoing community-based art projects that enrich the lives of children and families, unify and strengthen neighborhoods, and provide valuable professional development and social engagement experiences for MICA students. Through MICA’s graphic design, environmental design, illustration, and fine arts departments, students and faculty engage in real-world projects in collaboration with communities that focus on public health education, urban development, historic preservation, and empowering Baltimore communities and the surrounding region.




Community Arts Perspectives is a periodic online publication of the Community Arts Convening and Research Project. Its mission is to advance the field of community arts by providing a platform for inclusive dialogue and documentation linking academia and community. The Project is coordinated by Maryland Institute College of Art. The Community Arts Convening and Research Project is a national platform for the work of the universities with degree-granting programs in arts and community building.

The second volume of Community Arts Perspectives, published in 2009-10, contains research and other writing generated through the second convening of the Project, developed by Maryland Institute College of Art and California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) and hosted by CSUMB, April 19-21, 2009, and funded through a grant from the Nathan Cummings Foundation's Art and Culture Program. The convening provided the opportunity for college and university faculty and students and community-based practitioners to meet and share resources and models for best practices in the field; define and solve current challenges facing the field; identify and discuss new research and generate new ideas; develop strong leadership; and cultivate new partnerships.

Topics for the meeting were derived from essays written by faculty, students and community practitioners representing the community-based arts from throughout the United States. The essays were gathered in fall 2008 through a request for proposals issued by the Editorial Board of the Project. Submissions were reviewed and selected by the Board for discussion at the April national convening, then edited and published online by the Community Arts Network in Volume Two of Community Arts Perspectives, beginning in September 2009. In addition to the essays, Volume Two also includes notes from the convening and writings from Project ongoing dialogue groups meeting throughout the U.S., 2009-10.

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