1st Edition

Arts Programming for the Anthropocene Art in Community and Environment

By Bill Gilbert, Anicca Cox Copyright 2019
    274 Pages 30 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    274 Pages 30 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Arts Programming for the Anthropocene argues for a role for the arts as an engaged, professional practice in contemporary culture, charting the evolution of arts over the previous half century from a primarily solitary practice involved with its own internal dialogue to one actively seeking a larger discourse. The chapters investigate the origin and evolution of five academic field programs on three continents, mapping developments in field pedagogy in the arts over the past twenty years. Drawing upon the collective experience of artists and academicians in the United States, Australia, and Greece operating in a wide range of social and environmental contexts, it makes the case for the necessity of an update to ensure the real world relevance and applicability of tertiary arts education.

    Based on thirty years of experimentation in arts pedagogy, including the creation of the Land Arts of the American West (LAAW) program and Art and Ecology discipline at the University of New Mexico, this book is written for arts practitioners, aspiring artists, art educators, and those interested in how the arts can contribute to strengthening cultural resiliency in the face of rapid environmental change.

    1. Introduction  2. A Place to Stand: The Rationale For Field Programming  3. Art In Academia  4. Five Programs  5. Land Arts of the American West: A Case Study  6. Conclusion  7. Bibliography  8. Manual: Nuts and Bolts Of Field Programming


    Bill Gilbert is Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Art and Ecology and Lannan Endowed Chair of Land Arts of the American West at the University of New Mexico. He completed his undergraduate work at Swarthmore College and Pitzer College and received a MFA in Ceramics from the University of Montana.

    Anicca Cox has a BA in photography from the University of New Mexico, an MA in rhetoric and composition from Humboldt State University and is currently pursuing her doctoral degree at Michigan State University in their Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures program.

    "Finally a down-to-earth, practical guide to navigating the challenges and opportunities of developing place-based field learning programs in the arts! Higher education has been yearning for innovative pedagogical models to address 21st century problems from interdisciplinary perspectives. This book offers a cross-cultural set of field-tested examples that are imaginative, instructive, and inspirational."Teri Reub, University at Buffalo, USA

    "Part sourcebook, part institutional critique, part post-commodity road trip, Arts Programming for the Anthropocene records and analyses the legendary annual voyages of the Land Arts of the American West program, one of the most innovative learning environments in the world. It offers alternatives for students and teachers alike who are otherwise mired in what has become the universal bureaucracy of institutionalized art studies." William Fox, Nevada Museum of Art, USA

    "An important book to help reimagine pedagogy and practice in the arts, Arts Programming for the Anthropocene offers insight to individuals and institutions seeking to meet contemporary challenges in a time of pressing environmental crisis."Alan Boldon, University of Brighton, UK

    "Once your children have been let out of the house to explore their environments and once they have (hopefully) been educated about the complex relationship of culture to nature, this book provides the next step -- a much needed manual for ecological artists and educators out in the world. With encouragement to work locally, often with indigenous communities, and the story of the founding of the renowned Land Arts of the American West programs, GiIbert provides a new model for universities and art schools that successfully combines art and life."Lucy R. Lippard, author of Undermining: A Wild Ride Through Land use, Politics and Art in the Changing West

    "Bill Gilbert is a leader in the field of art and environment and a champion for relevant and cooperative community engagement. Arts Programming for the Anthropocene provides a road map for how to creatively respond to our time of human species as a geological force."Christie Davis, Program Director for Art, Lannan Foundation