Community arts


Community arts

Community Art could be loosely defined as a way of creating art in which professional artists collaborate more or less intensively with people who don't normally actively engage in the arts. Community arts, also sometimes known as "dialogical art", "community-engaged" or "community-based art," refers to artistic activity based in a community setting. Works from this genre can be of any art forms and is characterized by interaction or dialogue with the community. The term was defined in the late-1960s and spawned a movement which grew in the United States, Canada, the UK, Ireland, and Australia.

Often community art is based in deprived areas, with a community oriented, grassroots approach. Members of a local community will come together to express concerns or issues through an artistic process, sometimes this may involve professional artists or actors. These communal artistic processes act as a catalyst to trigger events or changes within a community or even at a national or international level.

In English-speaking countries community art is often seen as the work of community arts centre. Visual arts (fine art, video, new media art), music, and theater are common mediums in community art centers. Many arts companies in the UK do some community-based work, which typically involves developing participation by non-professional members of local communities.

Contents

Community art and public art

The term community art refers also to field of community, neighborhood and public art practice with roots in social justice and popular and informal education methods. In the art world, community art signifies a particular art making practice, emphasizing community involvement and collaboration. Community art is most often art for social change and involves some empowerment of the community members who come together to create artwork/s with artists. This is a growing national, international, regional and local field. Recently community arts and sustainability work or environmental action have begun to interface, including urban revitalization projects creating artwork at a neighbourhood level.

In Scandinavia, the term community art means more often contemporary art project.

Online community art

A community can be seen in many ways, it can refer to different kind of groups. There are also virtual communities or online communities. Internet art has many different forms, but often there is some kind of community that is created for a project or it is an effect of an art project.

Community theatre

Community theatre includes theatre made by, with, and for a community—it may refer to theatre that is made entirely by a community with no outside help, or to a collaboration between community members and professional theatre artists, or to performance made entirely by professionals that is addressed to a particular community. Community theatres range in size from small groups led by single individuals that perform in borrowed spaces to large permanent companies with well-equipped facilities of their own. Many community theatres are successful, non-profit businesses with a large active membership and, often, a full-time professional staff. Community theatre is often devised and may draw on popular theatrical forms, such as carnival, circus, and parades, as well as performance modes from commercial theatre. Community theatre is understood to contribute to the social capital of a community, insofar as it develops the skills, community spirit, and artistic sensibilities of those who participate, whether as producers or audience-members.

Key artists

Done

See also

Further reading

  • Cleveland, William (author). Art and Upheaval: Artists on the World's Frontlines. Oakland, CA: New Village Press, 2008.
  • Elizabeth, Lynne and Suzanne Young. Works of Heart: Building Village Through the Arts. Oakland, CA: New Village Press, 2006.
  • Fox, John. Eyes on Stalks. London: Methuen, 2002.
  • Goldbard, Arlene. New Creative Community: The Art of Cultural Development. Oakland, CA: New Village Press, 2006.
  • Hirschkop, Ken. Mikhail Bakhtin: An Aesthetic for Democracy. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.
  • Kester, Grant. Conversation Pieces: Community + Communication in Modern Art. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2004.
  • Knight, Keith and Mat Schwarzman. Beginner's Guide to Community-Based Arts. Oakland, CA: New Village Press, 2006.
  • Kwon, Miwon. One Place after Another Site-Specific Art and Locational Identity. Boston: MIT Press. 2004.
  • Lacy, Suzanne. Mapping the Terrain: New Genre Public Art. Seattle: Bay Press, 1995.
  • Pete Moser and George McKay, eds. (2005) Community Music: A Handbook. Russell House Publishing.
  • Helen Crummy (1992) Let The People Sing. Craigmillar Communiversity
  • "An Outburst of Frankness: Community Arts in Ireland - A Reader" edited by Sandy Fitzgerald. Tasc at New Island, 2004.

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Community Arts Music Association — (CAMA) of Santa Barbara is the oldest arts organization in Santa Barbara, California, USA. CAMA began in the fall of 1919 when a group of community minded Santa Barbarans came together in the years following World War I to create the Civic Music… …   Wikipedia

  • Community Arts Partnership — The Community Arts Partnership (usually known as CAP) was established in 1990,and is the first program of its kind in the U.S. The program links the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) to community art centers and public schools throughout …   Wikipedia

  • Community Arts Board — noun a board of the Australia Council, established in 1977 …   Australian English dictionary

  • Hall Garth Community Arts College — Infobox UK school name = Hall Garth Community Arts College size = latitude = longitude = dms = motto = motto pl = established = approx = closed = c approx = type = Community religion = president = head label = Headteacher head = Stephen Taylor r… …   Wikipedia

  • Foxford School and Community Arts College — Infobox UK school name = Foxford School and Community Arts College size = 260px latitude = longitude = dms = motto = motto pl = established = approx = closed = c approx = type = Comprehensive religion = Non denominational president = head label …   Wikipedia

  • Firth Park Community Arts College — Infobox UK school name = Firth Park Community Arts College size = latitude = longitude = dms = dms motto = motto pl = established = approx = closed = c approx = type = religion = president = head label = Headteacher head = Mrs Mo Laycock r head… …   Wikipedia

  • Celtic Blue Rock Community Arts Festival — The Celtic Blue Rock Community Arts Festival (known as Blue Rock to locals) is a charity based festival showcasing local bands, craftsmen and stalls in Llanfyrnach, Wales. This year s festival was held between the 1st and 3rd August and attracted …   Wikipedia

  • Community art — Community art, also known as dialogical art or community based art, is an art form based in a community setting. Works from this genre can be of any art forms and is characterized by interaction or dialogue with the community. The term was… …   Wikipedia

  • Arts in McNairy — (AiM) is an organization dedicated to furthering the arts in and around McNairy County in Tennessee. AiM exists to: • Foster and encourage the development of the arts in McNairy County, Tennessee •Provide opportunities for participation in the… …   Wikipedia

  • Arts Etobicoke — was founded in 1973. they are located Etobicoke, Ontario. They are an incorporated not for profit arts council governed by a 13 member volunteer Board of Directors from business, the arts and the community. They serve 1000s of students in their… …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.