Beginner's Guide to Community-Based Arts, 2nd Edition

Ten Graphic Stories about Artists, Educators & Activists Across the U.S.

With Ellen Forney
Other Lily Yeh

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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.


Title Beginner's Guide to Community-Based Arts, 2nd Edition
Subtitle Ten Graphic Stories about Artists, Educators & Activists Across the U.S.
Edition 2
Other Lily Yeh
Publisher New Village Press
ART037000 ART / Art & Politics
CGN007000 COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Nonfiction
Audience 01 General / trade
03 Young Adult
Credit Keith Knight and MatSchwarzman
Title First Published 21 August 2017
Subject Scheme Identifier Code      93 Thema subject category: XAK      93 Thema subject category: AB      93 Thema subject category: XQA
Includes Bibliography; Appendices; Commentaries


Packing For The Trip
Meet Me at the Crossroads
A New Look
Let's Go!

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

Baggage Claim

Artist Profiles
Links to the Field
CRAFT Activities Table
Sample CRAFT Program Design



SDPB radio
Feb 26, 2018
"America always wants to look forward. We'll never solve our problems if we don't look into the past and learn from our

- Chris Laughery and Lori Walsh, SDPB radio


Teach Art for Social Change - Mat Schwarzman
Online, October 3-November 13 CDT

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!

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