Articles and Essays

Selected articles and essays by William Cleveland available for online viewing and/or download.

Between Grace and Fear: The Role of the Arts in a Time of Change
Talking with creative thinkers about a major shift in worldview. From Community Arts Perspectives, Vol. 1, No. 1. (June 2008) edit

Days and Nights with DAH
A journey to Yugoslavia, a visit with DAH Teatar, a reflection on art and war. (February 2005) edit

"Creative Spaces" in the Land of the Long White Cloud
Report on community arts conference in New Zealand. (October 2003)

Truth UP: 23 Insights, admonitions and ideas about youth arts from the great masters
Insights gathered from young people about successful creative collaborations and partnerships. (August 2003)

Between Me and the Giant: Imagination Workshop
About a group of actors at work in a neuropsychiatric institute., from Cleveland's book, "Art in Other Places: Artists at Work in America's Community and Social Institutions," published by Praeger, 1992. Published in High Performance #67, Vol. XVII, No. 3, 1994. (September 2002)

Mapping the Field: Arts-Based Community Development
Overview of the ABCD sector from the director of the Center for the Study of Art and Community. (May 2002)

Common Sense and Common Ground
Survival skills for artists working in communities and social institutions. (September 2001)

Measuring Change in Continental Harmony
Patricia Shifferd of the American Composers Forum (ACF) and William Cleveland of the Center for the Study of Art and Community devised a method for studying the effects of Continental Harmony, a large ACF music initiative. (June 2001)

Bridges, Translations and Change: The Arts as Infrastructure in 21st Century America
Why the arts are, or should be, important in society. First published in High Performance #58/59, Vol. XV, No. 2/3, 1992. (December 1999)

Chaos, Art and the Age of Uncertainty
Integrating the arts into culture. This speech was originally delivered on November 1, 1997 at the annual conference of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies. (December 1999)

Imagination Workshop: Disciplining the Imagination
A project at UCLA that brings theater to the clients at a psychiatric facility. Published in High Performance #67, Vol. XVII, No. 3, 1994. (December 1999)

Learning Culture and Change: A Place-based Community Arts Training Model
A description of an arts-based community development training model that emphasizes emphasizes collaborative curriculum design and cross-sector training. Collaborative design creates training content that is both community specific and community sensitive. This approach helps builds sustained partnerships among artists, arts administrators, human service providers and participants from other sectors. (2009)

Making Exact Change: How U.S. arts-based programs have made a significant and sustained impact on their communities (2007)