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Arts and Community Change

Exploring Cultural Development Policies, Practices and Dilemmas, 1st Edition

Edited by Max O. Stephenson Jr., Scott Tate


242 pages

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Arts and Community Change: Exploring Cultural Development Policies, Practices and Dilemmas addresses the growing number of communities adopting arts and culture-based development methods to influence social change.  Providing community workers and planners with strategies to develop arts policy that enriches communities and their residents, this collection critically examines the central tensions and complexities in arts policy, paying attention to issues of gentrification and stratification.

Including a variety of case studies from across the United States and Canada, these success stories and best practice approaches across many media present strategies to design appropriate policy for unique populations.

Edited by Max Stephenson, Jr. and A. Scott Tate of Virginia Tech, Arts and Community Change presents 10 chapters from artistic and community leaders; essential reading for students and practitioners in economic development and arts management.

Table of Contents

Introduction, by Max Stephenson, Jr. and A. Scott Tate 1. Making Beauty, Making Meaning, Making Community, by Arlene Goldbard 2. Rivers and Bridges: Theater in Regional Planning, by Jon Catherwood-Ginn and Robert H. Leonard 3. One New York Rising Together? Arts and Culture in Neighborhood Ecosystems, by Jan Cohen-Cruz 4. Sustaining Emergent Culture in Montreal’s Entertainment District, by Anjali Mishra 5. Digital Storytelling in Appalachia: Gathering and Sharing Community Voices and Values, by Holly Lesko and Thenmozhi Soundraajan 6. Shaping the Artful City: A Case Study of Urban Economic Reinvention, by A. Scott Tate 7. Community Cultural Development as a Site of Joy, Struggle, and Transformation, by Dudley Cocke 8. A Dialogue on Dance and Community Practice, by Liz Lerman and Jawole Zollar 9. Assessing Arts-based Social Change Endeavors: Controversies and Complexities, by Kate Preston Keeney and Pam Korza 10. Theater as a Tool for Building Peace and Justice: DAH Teatar and Bond Street Theatre, by Lyusyena Kirakosyan and Max Stephenson, Jr.

About the Editors

Max Stephenson, Jr. is Professor of Public and International Affairs, School of Public and International Affairs at Virginia Tech, USA, and Director of the Virginia Tech Institute for Policy and Governance. His current research and teaching interests include the arts and community change processes, nongovernmental organizations and international development and peacebuilding.

A. Scott Tate is an educator and community development practitioner. He currently serves as a senior economic development specialist in the Office of Economic Development at Virginia Tech, USA. His community work includes directing or co-directing the Engaging Communities and Campuses national demonstration project and the Virginia Entrepreneur Express Workshop Series.

About the Series

Community Development Research and Practice Series

This series serves community developers, planners, public administrators and others involved in practice and policy making in the realm of community development. Building on a 40 year history of publishing the journal, Community Development: Journal of the Community Development Society, the book series seeks to contribute to the growing and rapidly changing knowledge base as a resource for practitioners and researchers alike.


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Series Editor:

Rhonda G. Phillips
Purdue University, USA

Editorial Board:

Mark Brennan
Pennsylvania State University, USA

Jan Flora
Iowa State University, USA

Gary P. Green
University of Wisconsin, USA

Brian McGrath
National University of Ireland

Norman Walzer
Northern Illinois University, USA

Patricia A. Wilson
University of Texas, Austin, USA


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Cultural Policy