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Beginner's Guide to Community-Based Arts, 2nd Edition
Ten Graphic Stories about Artists, Educators & Activists Across the U.S.
Keith Knight, Mat Schwarzman
Ten transformative local arts projects come alive in this illustrated training manual for youth leaders and teachers. This energetic guidebook demonstrates the enormous power of art in grass-roots social change.



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Asphalt to Ecosystems
Design Ideas for Schoolyard Transformation
Sharon Gamson Danks
Case studies from North America, Scandinavia, Japan, and Great Britain demonstrate natural outdoor teaching environments that support hands-on learning in science, math, language, and art in ways that nurture healthy imagination and socialization.


A groundbreaking and informative book with examples from around the world that will inspire others to create green engaging environments for their children. To educate the next generation of earth stewards we need to immerse them in settings where an ecological viewpoint becomes second nature. Sharon Danks shows us the way.

—Clare Cooper Marcus, Professor Emerita, Departments of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, University of California, Berkeley. Co-author, Healing... cont'd



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What We See
Advancing the Observations of Jane Jacobs
Janine Benyus, Hillary Brown, Robert Cowan, David Crombie, Pierre Desrochers, Matias Sendoa Echanove, Nan Ellin, Mindy Thompson Fullilove, Hon AIA, MD, Jan Gehl, Arlene Goldbard, Roberta Brandes Gratz, Ken Greenberg, Nabeel Hamdi, Chester Hartman, Sanford Ikeda, Allan Jacobs, Daniel Kemmis, Samuli Leppälä, Jamie Lerner, Elizabeth Macdonald, Clare Cooper Marcus, Richard Register, Mary Rowe, Janette Sadik-Khan, Saskia Sassen, Ronald Shiffman, FAICP, Honorary AIA, Robert Sirman, Michael Sorkin, Rahul Srivastava, James Stockard, Ray Suarez, Deanne Taylor, Alexie Torres-Flemming, Susan Witt, Peter Zlonicky
An enlivening discussion of critical issues affecting our cities and economies, What We See revises the insights of urbanist-activist Jane Jacobs through the fresh observations of leading contemporary thinkers in many fields.

Suzanne Mantell - Publisher's Weekly

The idea for What We See originated with the Jacobs-oriented Center for the Living City as a celebration honoring Jacobs, but the book took on a different form under Elizabeth's guidance. "I thought Jane would not have wanted a book about her," Elizabeth says, noting that two histories centering on her and a biography have recently been published. “Instead, we invited people from diverse fields to write their own ideas about how things work and describe the systems they see... cont'd



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Building Commons and Community
Karl Linn
Building Commons and Community documents 45 years of the late Karl Linn's legacy creating neighborhood spaces for communities and by communities. In this richly-illustrated landscape-format hardcover book, Linn presents his philosophies and practical wisd

Alice Walker, author, The Color Purple

Karl Linn's compassion, humanity and insight into what makes good community design—and what, in fact, makes community itself—is exactly what much of the world needs to develop if we are to evolve beyond our current frightful state of affairs. He saw the need for space and safety, beauty and joy in people's lives—especially the lives of poor children—and he filled it by the truckload. His was a quietly heroic life, lived close to the root of what really matters: an understanding that the... cont'd



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Works of Heart
Building Village through the Arts
Citizen artists revitalize place, celebrate culture and inspire social change in this book of beautiful community-based arts projects. Nine communities from the United States and Canada show the genius, passion and practicality of their creativity.

Elsie Wood - Chidren, Youth and Environment

Building vibrant communities is high on social and civic agendas. Models of programs and projects are increasingly becoming recognized through literature, media and internet. A leading voice is New Village Press, a publishing house dedicated to producing books dealing with community building, community development, and community-based art. Lynne Elizabeth is current director of the press and one of the editors of Works of Heart. In the preface she praises the late Jane Jacobs for... cont'd



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Doing Time in the Garden
Life Lessons through Prison Horticulture
James Jiler
Inspiring firsthand account of how in-prison vocational training programs at Riker's Island Jail lead to meaningful post-release employment and reduce recidivism — the GreenHouse and GreenTeam run by James Jiler for the Horticultural Society of New York.

The Community Arts Network

Today CAN brings you an excerpt from a new book by New Village Press; Doing Time in the Garden: Life Lessons Through Prison Horticulture by James Jiler. It's the first comprehensive guide to creating in-prison and post-release horticultural training programs. Jiler directs the Greenhouse Project, a horticultural job-training program for male and female inmates at New York City's Rikers Island jail system. He also directs the GreenTeam of ex-offenders who work with community groups... cont'd



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Beginner's Guide to Community-Based Arts
Ten Graphic Stories about Artists, Educators & Activists Across the U.S.
Keith Knight, Mat Schwarzman
Ten transformative local arts projects come alive in this illustrated training manual for youth leaders and teachers. This energetic guidebook demonstrates the enormous power of art in grass-roots social change.

Erica Kohl - CommunityArtsNetwork

"Beginner's Guide to Community-Based Arts" is a rich combination of life stories, curriculum ideas and insights about the importance of nurturing creativity to confront the difficult circumstances many people find themselves living in these days. Cartoonist Keith Knight (The "K" Chronicles" and "(th)ink”) and author Mat Schwarzman (Crossroads Project for Art, Learning and Community of New Orleans) crisscross the country profiling ten community-based arts projects that encourage people with... cont'd



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New Village Journal: Issue 2
Community Scale Economies
This second issue of the New Village Journal focuses on the locally spawned commerce which supports a neighborhood or city and contributes to its being uniquely home. The stories here demonstrate that even when global enterprise threatens to homogenize the American culture or big-box retail to replace Main Street, human creativity prevails.



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New Village Journal: Issue 1
Community Revitalization
The premier issue of the New Village Journal — a collection of energizing inspiration and practical wisdom about community building and revitalization. Stories range from community gardening in DC to housing for the homeless in Chicago, San Francisco, and NYC to youth gang violence prevention across the country.