Book Review: Beginner's Guide to Community-Based Arts: Ten Graphic Stories about Artists, Educators & Activists Across the U.S.11.12.2005
From API news #76, November 2005, a project of the Community Arts Network (CAN)
CAN has released a book review of an in-depth study of the community arts field: Beginner's Guide to Community-Based Arts: Ten Graphic Stories about Artists, Educators & Activists Across the U.S. by Keith Knight and Mat Schwarzman (Oakland, Calif.: New Village Press, October 2005).
In the guide, says reviewer Erica Kohl, cartoonist Knight (The "K Chronicles" and "(th)ink") and author Schwarzman (Crossroads Project for Art, Learning and Community of New Orleans) "crisscross the country profiling 10 community-based arts projects that encourage people with little recognized power to share their perspectives, ideas and images with broader publics to effect change." Organized around Schwarzman's CRAFT method (Contact, Research, Action, Feedback and Teaching), each section ends with a set of practical activities, projects and teaching techniques to start a community-based art process.
Kohl calls the new book "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." (This is the project originally called "Building the Code.")
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