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Civic Dialogue, Arts & Culture
Findings from Animating Democracy
Pam Korza, Barbara Schaffer Bacon, Andrea Assaf
Civic Dialogue, Arts & Culture explores the power of the arts and humanities to foster civic engagement and demonstrates how arts and humanities organizations can be vital civic and cultural institutions.


For more information, please visit Americans for the Arts or Animating Democracy.



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Art, Dialogue, Action, Activism
Case Studies from Animating Democracy
Barbara Schaffer Bacon, Pam Korza
Art, Dialogue, Action, Activism examines the role of dialogue in the work of cultural organizations oriented toward civic action and activism.


For more information, please visit Americans for the Arts or Animating Democracy.



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Museums and Civic Dialogue
Case Studies from Animating Democracy
Barbara Schaffer Bacon, Pam Korza
Case studies in this book examine approaches to curatorial practice, interpretation, and education prompted by civic intent; institutional challenges and changes in practice that occurred in doing this work; and the critical importance of partnerships.


For more information, please visit Americans for the Arts or Animating Democracy.



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Art in Other Places
Artists at Work in America's Community and Social Institutions
William Cleveland
Art in Other Places profiles 29 institutional and community arts programs across the United States that have pioneered the field of arts-based community building.

Frances Phillips, Walter and Elise Haas Fund - Grantmakers in the Arts Reader: Volume 11, No. 2, Fall 2000

Art in Other Places grew out of a 1986 meeting held at the University of California at Los Angeles among artists and community activists from around the United States. At that point, some of them had been working for twenty or more years as artists in social institutions – senior centers, hospitals, prisons, mental health facilities, youth centers – or in low-income communities. Author William Cleveland writes of that gathering's importance to him (then director of the ArtReach Program in... cont'd



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Art and Upheaval
Artists on the World's Frontlines
William Cleveland
Author William Cleveland tells remarkable stories from Northern Ireland, Cambodia, South Africa, United States (Watts, Los Angeles), aboriginal Australia, and Serbia, about artists who resolve conflict and heal unspeakable trauma.



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New Creative Community
The Art of Cultural Development
Arlene Goldbard
An inspiring, foundational book that defines the burgeoning field of community cultural development.



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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.



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