Study Released: Making Exact Change: How U.S. Arts-Based Programs Have Made a Significant and Sustained Impact on Their Communities11.12.2005
From API news #76, November 2005, a project of the Community Arts Network (CAN)
This month, CAN is proud to present Making Exact Change: How U.S. Arts-Based Programs Have Made a Significant and Sustained Impact on Their Communities, a new book by William Cleveland. The research project contains case studies, findings and recommendations.
In 2005, we decided to further develop an idea that Cleveland proposed during the CAN Gathering in 2004: Find community arts projects that have had a permanent transformative outcome and document, analyze and study how they made a difference. Together we selected 10 outstanding U.S arts-based community programs and asked them how they define and measure their own success: What helped them make change in their communities leading to the long-term advancement of human dignity, health and/or productivity? What issues, conditions and problems held them back?
The 10 we chose are: CityKids, GRACE (Grass Roots Art and Community Effort), Isangmahal Arts Kollective, Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, Mural Arts Program, Northern Lakes Center for the Arts, Swamp Gravy, Village of Arts and Humanities, Wing Luke Asian Museum and the Zuni-Appalachian Exchange and Collaboration.
Making Exact Change analyzes their responses and presents Cleveland's findings about the best practices and most stubborn obstacles in this work. Cleveland then uses his findings to make some informed, strategic recommendations to service organizations and funders on how best to support and advance the field of community arts in the immediate future.
Making Exact Change is now available to read online — as a FREE download or for sale in print on the CAN website: CLICK HERE
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