Ten transformative local arts projects come alive in the revised second edition of this comics-illustrated training manual for teens, youth leaders, and young activists. This energetic guidebook demonstrates the enormous power of art in grassroots social change. It presents proven models of community-based arts programs, plus techniques, discussion questions, and plentiful resources.This improved second edition includes updated resources and guidelines, along with a new comic art introduction by illustrator Keith Knight.
Keith Knight is an award-winning cartoonist, graphic storyteller, and creator of three popular comic strips—The Knight Life, The K Chronicles, and (th)ink.
Mat Schwarzman is a theater artist, educator, and writer in the field of community-based arts since 1985, helping to establish arts education programs for teens and college students across the country.
Packing For The Trip
Meet Me at the Crossroads
A New Look
Tales From The Road
I-Am-Going-But-I-Shall-Return Chris Edaakie, Zuni Pueblo
More Than Aerobics Rhodessa Jones, San Francisco
Visual Griot Ricardo Levins Morales, Minneapolis
Coal Bucket Outlaw Tom Hansell, Kentucky / West Virginia
Comadres Mujer Artes, San Antonio
That Luminous Place Village of Arts and Humanities, Philadelphia
One Love Isangmahal Arts Kollective, Seattle
Talk Back Tory Read, Denver
Town Hall In Cyberspace Picture Projects, New York City / Internet
Jessie's Story Young Aspirations / Young Artists, New Orleans
Links to the Field
CRAFT Activities Table
Sample CRAFT Program Design
Mat Schwarzman, coauthor of Beginner's Guide to Community Based Arts has designed an online program based on the book for middle and high school teachers on how to implement art in the classroom to use as a force for social change. Hosted by Xavier University, the program allows users to move through the course on their own time with the exception of one hour of live conferencing each week on Tuesdays from 6-7pm Central Time. Apply before July 31st to ensure participation!