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Popular media—film, television, celebrity, online games, and online videos—is a powerful way for the creative community to depict critical social issues and engage people in contributing to social change.  This paper focuses primarily on popular...
Last Updated: September 4, 2013
Open space documentary is an emerging framework for community-based media. Intentional participatory media experiments are proliferating across rapidly developing and evolving distribution platforms.
Last Updated: September 4, 2013
Youth media is a diverse array of practices in which young people collaborate with artists and educators to express themselves creatively, communicate with peers across borders, and participate in community dialogue and problem solving. Social...
Last Updated: September 4, 2013
In towns all across the United States, young people are using music and art to make interesting, creative, and positive things happen in their communities. They are punks, rappers, educators, singer-songwriters, artists, and community organizers who...
Last Updated: September 4, 2013
A May 22 Funder Exchange on Evaluating Arts & Social Impact, presented by Americans for the Arts’ Animating Democracy program and hosted by the Nathan Cummings Foundation, brought together funders, evaluation professionals, and arts...
Last Updated: September 20, 2013
In this paper, long-time community arts chronicler Linda Frye Burnham offers snapshots of selected projects that help capture the range of community arts projects and programs happening today. They are led by veteran and up-and-coming artists and...
Last Updated: October 29, 2013
As a long-time activist and co-founder of the Boston-based Design Studio for Social Intervention (DS4SI), Lori Lobenstine discusses making meaning and creating change in the public sphere through the integration of social justice strategies with art...
Last Updated: January 13, 2014
The Idea Book for Liz Lerman and the Dance Exchange’s The Matter of Origins: Evaluation Findings presents research measures and findings by Michigan State University (MSU, 2011) from an evaluation of Dance Exchange’s Matter of Origins project. ...
Last Updated: June 20, 2014
Democratic Vistas Profiles: Essays in the Arts and Democracy is a series of literary profiles featuring artists and arts leaders who live and work at the intersection of the arts and democratic life. Democratic Vistas set out to find great writers...
Last Updated: August 14, 2014
With the cities of Evanston & Chicago, Illinois, Hartford, Connecticut, and Portland, Oregon as lenses, BUILT explored the changing United States city, and the challenges of housing, infrastructure, neighborhood cohesion, and equity all present...
Last Updated: August 14, 2014
The musical voice of Arab America in the Bay Area is ASWAT, the Arabic Music Ensemble sponsored by Zawaya. True to Zawaya’s commitment to pluralism and inclusion, Aswat is a multi-ethnic and multi-racial music ensemble that reaches out to the...
Last Updated: August 14, 2014
The Split This Rock Poetry Festival explores and celebrates the many ways that poetry can act as an agent for change: reaching across differences, considering personal and social responsibility, asserting the centrality of the right to free speech,...
Last Updated: August 14, 2014
Before I Die is an interactive public art project that invites people to share their hopes and dreams in public space. Originally created on an abandoned house in Candy's neighborhood in New Orleans after she lost someone she loved, the project has...
Last Updated: August 14, 2014
The Zion Canyon Song Cycle is the result of a lively blend of civic dialogue, creativity, oral history, participatory democracy, and music. The Cycle is comprised of sixteen original songs that celebrate the history, community preoccupations, and...
Last Updated: August 14, 2014
I am working with a variety of social justice activist organizations to apply ethnography - the writing of culture - as storytelling. I both write for them and train them to write for themselves as empowerment and as a means of demonstrating their...
Last Updated: August 14, 2014

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