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Art and Upheaval: Artists on the World’s FrontlinesA&U cover NVP web
By William Cleveland. Foreword by Clarissa Pinkola Estés

Playwrights at war with Apartheid; painters AIDS; poets and actors confronting criminal gangs and dictators?  Sounds implausible, but it’s true. William Cleveland spent eight years traveling the globe to gather stories about artists working in communities facing, political, social and environmental upheaval. He found that when the forces of creativity and destruction meet surprising things happen.  His new book Art and Upheaval, presents a striking picture of painters, performers, and writers in the proverbial trenches fighting for freedom, making peace, and re-building civil society in six global hot spots.

Richly illustrated with photos, art and excerpted writings, Art and Upheaval brings to life the struggles and triumphs of art makers around the world---from Belfast to Johannesburg, Belgrade and beyond--- creators who are helping re-imagine and re-build their devastated communities. These dramatic stories are told against the backdrop of tragic headlines and histories that span decades. What shines through the horror, though, is the power and persistence of artists whose work gives evidence that human creativity can help us heal the deepest and most destructive of our self-inflicted wounds.  

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Art in Other Places: Artists at Work in America's Community and Social InstitutionsAOP cover By William Cleveland

A growing number of writers, performers and media and visual artists have shown that the arts can have a significant positive effect on the lives of young people, the elderly, prisoners, people with disabilities, hospital patients and others. This book recounts the histories of 22 arts programs that pioneered the burgeoning field of arts-based community development and social change in America. It is a book about artists as agents of personal and community transformation in the most challenging environments. It tells the stories of a small number of extraordinary artists and arts organizations, and their community-based partners who rediscover the arts as a powerful resource for addressing social problems and building healthy communities. Paperback, 275 pages.  

Described largely through first-hand accounts, the book provides an enlightening view of how the creative processes have been used to address and solve some of society’s most pressing problems. The book includes case studies, research, and descriptions of the wide variety of artistic, educational, and therapeutic approaches utilized by each of the 22 programs. It also recounts many of the financial and political strategies employed to build and sustain support for these unlikely endeavors.

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Making Exact Change: How U.S. arts-based programs have made a significant and sustained impact on their communities

Mec-cover In the fall of 2004, API approached the Center for the Study of Art & Community (CSA&C) for assistance  with leaning what characterizes those community arts programs that have made a lasting impact on their localities. This study was undertaken to help the growing but largely disconnected community arts field learn from its most venerable and successful colleagues. Its focus is exemplary arts-based programs that have had a significant and sustained positive impact on their communities.  For the purposes of this inquiry “significant and sustained positive impact” was defined as change leading to the long-term advancement of human dignity, health and/or productivity. “Long-term” in this context is defined as a minimum of ten years. Although many of the programs that were reviewed for the research met this threshold, ten were selected as examplars.  

The report is presented in 4 sections.  They are:

Part One: Introduction

Part Two: Case Studies

Part Three: Findings

Part Four: Recommendations