"Some of the most powerful change happens in the intersections of generations, cultures, sectors, and geographies. Collected here are stories about these intersections and the people who make them. They are strategic artists and creative organizers, activist anthropologists, poetic politicians, and loving family members. All are engaged in the deeply creative act of believing that something else is possible. They are bridges with deep foundations and squatters who bring their communities with them. They may not always be visible (or even want to be visible), but they see in the plural and listen with curiosity and compassion."
The 24 stories that comprise this collection offer an opportunity to consider the signifcant, transformative power of making connections in everyday life.Some of the most creative strategies live in these connections and this series of essays seeks to learn from a diverse group of creative people who are building bridges and creating hybrid and integrated programs, strategies, and lives.
Bridge Conversations is a publication of the Arts & Democracy Project which strives to build the momentum of a growing movement that links arts and culture, participatory democracy, and social justice. Their work is based on the creative power of arts and culture as a catalyst for action--especially among people who have been traditionally disenfranchised. Their programs link the national and the local, reflecting the belief that social change, policymaking, and field building are best grounded in the nuanced and dynamic contexts of community practice. The Arts & Democracy Project support cultural organizing and cross-sector collaborators; raise the visibility of transformative work; cross-pollinate cultural practitioners with activists, organizers, and policymakers; and create spaces for relfection such as these Bridge Conversations.
Introduction: Something Else is Possible
Activating the Creativity of Community Development
Aesthetics and Mathematics of Social Change
Anthropology as Social Activism
Breaking Out of a Bifurcated World
Connecting Action and Academia in California's Central Valley
Creating with a Sense of Strategic Practice
Creating Transformative Spaces
Crossing the Borders of Culture and Politics
Direct and Indirect Approaches to Community Change
Finding Common Language Bewtween Artists and Community Organizers
Incarceration, Fatherhood, and Artmaking
Innovative Approaches to Linking Nonprofit and For-profit Models
Interweave of Culture and Ecology
Listening to the Stories Underneath the Work We Do
Multifaceted Art of Community Planning
New Paradigms of Artful Change
Organic and Traditional Bridging
Planning the Revolution over Collards
Politics and Humnanity
Power of Art to Move People
Spiritual Core of Indigenous Social Justice
Tensions and Synergies of Being Strategic and Creative
Theater and Banned Cultural Expression in Belarus
Who Will Carry the Work Forward?