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Essays for Arts and Community Development

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 (February 2010)

[classified]: stories that catalyze dialogue about diversity
Four Virginia Tech students bridge the gap between university policy and individual experience. From Community Arts Perspectives, Vol. 1, No. 1. By Laura Agnich, Kimberly Baker, Megan Carney and Shannon Turner (June 2008)

A Bridge Conversation on Connecting Action and Academia in California's Central Valley
Isao Fujimoto and Tim Marema on the power of "edgewalking." By Tim Marema (March 2008)

A Bridge Conversation on Direct and Indirect Approaches to Community Change
Littleglobe and South West Organizing Project talk about finding a relationship between community-engaged arts and organizing. By Valerie Martinez, Robby Rodriguez, Molly Sturges and Rosina Roibal (June 2008)

A Bridge Conversation on Innovative Approaches to Linking Nonprofit and For-profit Models
Adam Huttler and Ruby Lerner talk about entrepreneurial strategies and changing paradigms for arts-service organizations. By Adam Forest Huttler (April 2008)

A Bridge Conversation on Listening to the Stories Underneath the Work We Do
Paula Allen and Lena Richardson talk about traditional arts and culture as resources for Native community health. By Rebecca Lena Richardson (June 2008)

A Bridge Conversation on Planning the Revolution over Collards
Tufara Waller Muhammad and Javiera Benavente talk about the long tradition of arts and culture in Southern organizing and the danger of putting the spotlight on individuals. By Javiera Benavente (June 2008)

A Bridge Conversation on Politics and Humanity
Caron Atlas and Mark Ritchie talk about balancing work and life. By Caron Atlas (March 2008)

A Bridge Conversation on the Creativity of Community Development
Gayle Isa and Jeremy Liu talk about the power of spaces “in between.” By Gayle Isa (March 2008)

A Bridge Conversation on the Power of Art To Move People
Ismael Ahmed and Anan Ameri discuss the extraordinary model of the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services. By Anan Ameri (March 2008)

A Bridge Conversation on the Spiritual Core of Indigenous Social Justice
Tia Oros Peters and Vanessa Whang talk about maintaining your vision and integrity in rooms of power. By Vanessa Whang (March 2008)

A Bridge Conversation on the Tensions and Synergies of Being Strategic and Creative
Brad Lander and Esther Robinson talk about organizing and art, anthropological listening, and whether being holistic is important. By Esther Robinson (June 2008)

Acting on a Dream
A small N.C. town uses art to preserve culture and develop community. Published in High Performance #68, Vol. XVII, No. 4, 1994. (First published in the Independent Weekly of No. Carolina, 1994.) By Linda Frye Burnham (December 1999)

An Accidental Community Artist: The Making of the PhotoBooth Project
Putting whole communities into the picture. By Christopher Irion (August 2008)

Art Action for Social Change: Kids on the Hill
A theory of change in three parts: Experiential Education, Art Action, Civic Engagement. By Mark Carter and Rebecca Yenawine (August 2008)

Art in Rebuilding Community: The Transforma Project in New Orleans
Can cultural activity produce meaningful and sustainable activity in a devastated community? By Jan Cohen-Cruz (June 2007)

Art in the House: Project Row Houses
Profile of project in Houston's Third Ward. Artist Rick Lowe combines art with community development. Published in High Performance #69/70, Vol. XVIII, No. 1/2, 1995. By Shaila Dewan (December 1999)

Artibarri: To Share and Debate in Catalonia
A community arts network animated by ideas. By Arlene Goldbard (September 2007)

Behind the Fence: Forum Theatre on Lupus, Lead Poisoning & Environmental Justice
A Buffalo, N.Y., community cleans up its SuperFund site. By John Sullivan (February 2008)

Belfast's Mount Vernon: Community Arts Shapes a New Vision
Case study of change in a community known for its paramilitary past. By Anne-Sophie Morrisette (January 2006)

Belongings - A Neighborhood Search: Creative Alliance at The Patterson
We are born into our family, our skin color, our culture and class. Can we really choose a community? By Luisa Bieri de Rios (September 2008)

Between the Edge and the Root: Action Lab in Hunts Point
A scholar-in-residence assesses an experiment in community cultural development in the Bronx. By Jan Cohen-Cruz (July 2006)

Book Review: Art and Upheaval: Artists on the World Frontlines
What are the roles that artists can play in the midst of severe violence? By Craig Zelizer (July 2008)

Book Review: New Creative Community
CAN reviews a new book by cultural critic Arlene Goldbard. By Tom Borrup (November 2006)

Book Review: The Creative Community Builder’s Handbook
CAN reviews a new book by Tom Borrup & Partners for Livable Communities. By Libby Maynard (November 2006)

Book Review: Works of Heart
An anthology of stories by people in love with their cities. By Jennifer Roche (April 2007)

Cómo un teatro en Bolivia enfrenta los problemas de la privatización del agua
How a community-based theater in Bolivia addresses the problem of water privatization. (Spanish Language translation) By Eve Tulbert (May 2004)

CWT#3: Making City Water Tunnel #3
A first-person account of doing art with laborers on a major NYC water project. Published in High Performance #75, Vol. XX, No. 1, 1997. By Marty Pottenger (September 2002)

Campus-Community Partnerships: Supporting or Destroying the Field of Community Arts?
While higher education trains students to work in the community, are community partners experiencing funding setbacks and closure? By Sonia BasSheva Ma�jon (July 2008)

Community Arts, Popular Participation and Teatro Comunitario: Buenos Aires’ Programa Cultural en Barrios
Grassroots cultural policy and community-based theater partner to support neighborhood-level activism in Buenos Aires. By Ruth Juliet Wikler-Luker (August 2007)

Community Conversations through the Arts: Artistic Response After the Virginia Tech Tragedy
A disparate group of Blacksburg residents decides to seek community healing. By Shannon Turner (August 2008)

Community Spectacle: A Place of Magic
The artists, musicians, technicians, lanterneers and visual alchemists of Nana Projects are in it together, and so is their audience. Includes video. By Molly Ross (November 2008)

Community Works: Sambo Mockbee and the Rural Studio
A eulogy for a citizen architect. By Bruce Lindsey (September 2007)

Community, Culture and Globalization
Chapter One of "Community, Culture and Globalization," anthology published by the Rockefeller Foundation. By Don Adams and Arlene Goldbard (January 2002)

Converging Streams: The Community Arts and Sustainable Community Movements
Are we truly on the brink of a new paradigm? By Patricia A. Shifferd and Dorothy Lagerroos (November 2006)

Creative City Fever: The 2010 City, Culture and Society Conference, Munich
Has the construction of the Creative City, as practiced by cities competing for global standing, exacerbated economic disparities? By Tom Borrup (March 2010)

Creative Economy Practitioner's Toolkit: Taking Advantage of Campus and Community Resources (Part 1)
Nine strategies for arts-engaged economic-development planning. By Susan Monagan, Susan Christopherson and Suzanne Loker (August 2007)

Creative Economy Practitioner's Toolkit: Taking Advantage of Campus and Community Resources (Part 2)
By Susan Monagan, Susan Christopherson and Suzanne Loker (August 2007)

Creative Organizations: Putting Culture to Work in Community Development
A look at four amazing cross-disciplinary projects across the U.S. that are changing their cities. By Tom Borrup (January 2004)

Creativity, Faith and a Stronger Community
A sermon at the Congregational Church, Gunnison, Colorado. By Maryo Gard Ewell (August 2006)

Dialectic of Community Arts Practice and Globalization, or Is This Parade Going the Wrong Way?
Exploration of some contradictions in the methods used in community cultural development. By Tom Borrup (June 2003)

Growing Together: Artists & Farmers Meet in Lancashire
Conference Report: Creative Rural Industries, Lancaster, England, September 2006. By Linda Frye Burnham (October 2006)

Help Wanted! Communities Reach Out
Are communities ready to ask for help from artists? We ask around. By Linda Frye Burnham and Steven Durland (February 2007)

INROADS: The Intersection of Art & Civic Dialogue
Introduction to the use of civic dialogue in community development from the staff of the Animating Democracy Initiative. By Andrea Assaf, Pam Korza and Barbara Schaffer-Bacon (August 2002)

Insights from Arts and Civic Engagement: 13 Profiles
Pathways to building a participatory culture. By Rebecca Lena Richardson (November 2008)

Just a Little Drop of Water: How a community based theater in Bolivia addresses the problem of water privatization
How a community-based theater in Bolivia addresses the problem of water privatization By Eve Tulbert (May 2004)

LA Commons: Engaging Youth in Community-based Cultural Tourism
Artists, teens and city planners leverage local cultural assets to develop the economic and social capital of L.A.'s ethnic neighborhoods. By Karen Mack (December 2009)

LAPD, Skid Row & The Real Deal
Two founders talks about the Los Angeles Poverty Department, a performance group that grew out of a 1985 workshop for the homeless of Los Angeles. Published in High Performance #43, Vol. XI, No. 3, 1988. By Elia Arce and John Malpede (September 2002)

Letter from an Artist: Invisible Lines
About a project in Oakland, Calif., with the artist's whole neighborhood. By Lauren Elder (July 2003)

Living in the Questions of Animating Democracy
CAN reviews a new book, "Civic Dialogue, Arts & Culture: Findings from Animating Democracy." By Kate Collins (January 2006)

Living with the Doors Open: An interview with Blondell Cummings
Cummings talks about her process of developing work inside a community. First published in High Performance #69/70, Vol. XVIII, No. 1/2, 1995. (December 1999)

Making Exact Change: How U.S. arts-based programs have made a significant and sustained impact on their communities
CAN's study of ten programs and how they've made a difference. By William Cleveland (November 2005)

Making the Road
The school-to-work learning cycle of a community-based artist: It never stops being a work in progress. By Julia Di Bussolo (September 2009)

Mapping the Field: Arts-Based Community Development
Overview from the director of the Center for the Study of Art and Community. By William Cleveland (May 2002)

Mildred Howard and Amalia Mesa-Bains: A Conversation on Community and Public Art
Reflections on the role of the artist in culturally diverse communities. By Amalia Mesa-Bains (October 2009)

Muraleando — Community Arts in a Havana Barrio
Community-development arts project in the streets of Cuba. By Henri Ewaskio (July 2004)

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 (February 2010)

Nayo Watkins: Creating Art, Transforming Lives, One Community at a Time
Profile of the theater artist and Civil Rights activist who strengthens communities through the creative process. By Andrea Hamilton (April 2003)

Neighborhood-based Cultural Programs and the Emerging Eco-industrial Era
The practices, tools and techniques employed in community-based art are symbiotic with the green-job training process and struggles for self-determination. By Michael B. Schwartz (October 2009)

New Beginnings for Old Stories? A Problematic Institution/Community Partnership
Another Middle East dilemma — in Baltimore. By Sarah Tooley (November 2009)

New Orleans, As It Is
Community art in New Orleans before, during and after Hurricane Katrina. By Mat Schwarzman (April 2006)

One Mosaic, Many Voices: Piecing Together the Story of Baltimore's 1968 Riots
People who lived through violence 40 years ago come together to tell their stories. By Christina Ralls (October 2009)

Partnering for GOOD: Sojourn Theatre Cuts a Deal
A new partnership model for local arts and businesses. By Maureen Towey (November 2007)

Pictures on the Land: Dutchess County "Farm Again" crop art
Crop art as community development. This story was first published in High Performance #68, Vol. XVII, No. 4, 1994. By Steven Durland (December 1999)

Pittsburgh Project REMIX: Animating a Historical Landmark
Contemporary stories and historical research examine the forces shaping the Steel City in the post-industrial age. By Megan Carney (September 2009)

Reclaiming Culture: ¡Que Viva La Posada!
Culture is alive in the Mayfair community of east San Jose, California. By Aryeh Shell (January 2008)

Richard Florida's High-class Glasses
Was he wrong about "The Rise of the Creative Class"? By Ann Daly (October 2004)

Sharing the Future: Boston: IBA / Arte y Cultura
A profile of the Arte y Cultura project in Boston. Published in High Performance #68, Vol. XVII, No. 4, 1994. By Alan West (December 1999)

Sharing the Future: Philadelphia: The Village of Arts and Humanities
A profile of artist Lily Yeh's North Philadelphia project. Published in High Performance #68, Vol. XVII, No. 4, 1994. By Gil Ott (December 1999)

Sharing the Future: San Antonio: The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center
A profile of the Latino community cultural center. Published in High Performance #68, Vol. XVII, No. 4, 1994. By Lynn Gosnell (December 1999)

Sharing the Future: The arts and community development
Introduction to case studies of arts programs in Boston, Philadelphia and San Antonio. Published in High Performance #68, Vol. XVII, No. 4, 1994. By Gil Ott (December 1999)

Signs of Welcome, Signs of the Possible: Public Practice in Rural California
Suzanne Lacy's Public Practice students work with residents of a small California town to create Laton Live! REUNION / REUNION. By Emily Roehl (June 2009)

Small Town America ReDesigns Itself into Prosperity
A design workshop by the NEA and the National Trust for Historic Preservation has been quietly promoting small-town economic development and viability. By Jennifer Roche (July 2005)

Something Different Is Stirring: DIY Culture in Silicon Valley
A glimpse of our cultural future in one of the first truly global metropolitan regions. By Tom Borrup (April 2010)

South Dakota Celebrates a Black Pioneer
A tiny town on the northern plains is going down in African-American film history. By Susan Stoneback (July 2006)

Spirit of the Northwest
"Spirit of the Northwest: Claiming Community Identity," an arts initiative among the states arts councils of Washington, Idaho and Oregon, took place in six widely scattered Northwest rural communities that were all under enormous stress, struggling with economic, racial and spiritual issues as well as severe isolation and natural disasters. (March 2001)

Structuring a Catalytic Arts Education Program: The Saturday Program at Cooper Union
Student teachers run a powerful community program for teens in New York, founded by undergraduates in the 1960s. From Community Arts Perspectives, Vol. 1, No. 1. By Karma Mayet Johnson (June 2008)

Talk About Change: A Conference in Belfast
"Arts -- Towards an Inclusive Society" at the Community Arts Forum in Northern Ireland. Includes videos! By Linda Frye Burnham (January 2006)

The CAN Report: The State of the Field of Community Cultural Development: Something New Emerges
A report from the Community Arts Network Gathering, May 2004. By Linda Frye Burnham, Steven Durland and Maryo Gard Ewell (August 2004)

The Citizen Artist
A visual artist talks about her involvement in her local neighborhood. Publishedx in High Performance #75, Vol. XX, No. 1, 1997. By Aida Mancillas (September 2002)

The Collaboration Among Youth, Organizers and Artists
Working together on gang violence in Baltimore. By Whitney Frazier (September 2008)

The Community Artist from the Community
A community arts grad student goes to work in the Native American community where she grew up. By Ashley Minner (August 2008)

The Community Cultural Development Field
First chapter of Don Adams and Arlene Goldbard's "Creative Community: The Art of Cultural Development," book commissioned by Rockefeller Foundation in 2001. By Don Adams and Arlene Goldbard (August 2001)

The Creative Economy: Views from Abroad
A report from the Creative Clusters international conference in Glasgow, and thoughts on what community-based art can bring to the table. By Tom Borrup (January 2009)

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 (January 2010)

The Dandelion School Transformation Project in China
Barefoot Artists help Chinese students "find angels in hell." By Lily Yeh and Kelly Tannen (August 2008)

The Funder's Tale
An award-winning Canadian storyteller ponders his new job: community-arts grants officer. By Dan Yashinsky (June 2007)

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 (February 2010)

The New Hybridity: HOME, New Orleans and Emerging Forms of Community/ University/Arts Collaboration
The ins and outs of a conflicted and fragile undertaking. By Ron Bechet and Amy Koritz (September 2008)

The Partnering of Artists and Communities: New Methods Evolving in the Durham CAPP
Discussion of 11 projects in ROOTS' Community/Artists Partnership Project that were underway in Durham, N.C., that would be part of the ROOTS Community Arts Revival in January 1994. Published in High Performance #64, Vol. XVI, No. 4, 1993. By Nayo Barbara Malcolm Watkins (October 2003)

The Porch — A Cultural Center in the Seventh Ward of New Orleans
Starting a cultural organization in a neighborhood struggling with survival. By Ron Bechet, Willie Birch and Helen Regis (July 2008)

Third Space: Youth, Arts and Community Development
A white paper on the new opportunities for training teaching artists by a community-arts faculty member at the University of Oregon. Part 7 of "A Landmark Year." By Lori Hager (October 2006)

Toward Asset-Based Community Cultural Development: A Journey Through the Disparate Worlds of Community Building
Review of strategies in community building by artists, urban planners and community developers. By Tom Borrup (April 2003)

Town Artist: An Interview with David Harding
The artist talk about his stint as the town artist of Glenrothes, Scotland, 1968-1978. Published in High Performance #34, Vol. IX, No. 2, 1986. By Moira Roth (September 2002)

Training and Partnerships in Rutgers’ Transcultural New Jersey Public Service Arts Program
The service-learning and civic-engagement movement in higher education is increasingly challenging conventional academic culture. By Linda Melamed and Isabel Nazario (July 2008)

Urban Alchemy: In Search of a Formula for the City of Tomorrow
Report on "Transforming Communities through the Arts," meeting of architects, landscape architects, urban planners, designers, journalists, artists, philanthropists and community developers at Chicago Cultural Center, in November 2003 By Tom Borrup (December 2003)

Viewpoint: Community Collaborative Arts
Community art is an edgy collective experience with aesthetic qualities of its own. From Community Arts Perspectives, Vol. 1, No. 1. By Johanna Poethig (June 2008)

Walaalo! Diverse Ambitions in Community-based Arts
A compendium of case studies looks at New WORLD Theater's collaboration with women of the Somali refugee community in western Massachusetts. By Ayaan Agane (September 2009)

What's Revolutionary About Valuing Assets as a Strategy in Cultural Work?
Some radical new insights on asset-based community building and its values. By Tom Borrup (September 2005)

When Stories Talk to Stories: The Dialogue of Dance
The associate artistic director of Liz Lerman Dance Exchange writes about the creation of civic dialogue during the company's nationwide "Hallelujah" initiative, 1998-2002. By Peter DiMuro (March 2003)

Yes in My Front Yard: Participation and the Public Art Process
An examaination of approaches to the public art process. Published in High Performance #68, Vol. XVII, No. 4, 1994. By Marie Gee (December 1999)

 
 


New Essays: Community Development
Something Different Is Stirring: DIY Culture in Silicon Valley
A glimpse of our cultural future in one of the first truly global metropolitan regions. By Tom Borrup (April 2010)
Creative City Fever: The 2010 City, Culture and Society Conference, Munich
Has the construction of the Creative City, as practiced by cities competing for global standing, exacerbated economic disparities? By Tom Borrup (March 2010)
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 (February 2010)

 


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