Visual artists, craftspeople, musicians, and performers have been supported by the development community for at least twenty years, yet there has been little grounded and critical research into the practices and politics of that support. This new Routledge book remedies that omission and brings together varied perspectives from artists, policy-makers, and researchers working in the Pacific, Africa, Latin America, and Europe to explore the challenges and opportunities of supporting the arts in the development context. The book offers a series of grounded analyses which cover: strategies for the sustainability of arts enterprises; innovative evaluation methods; theoretical engagements with questions of art, agency, and social change; artists’ entanglements with legal and structural frameworks; processes of cultural mapping; and the artist/donor interface.
The creative economy is increasingly recognized as a driver of development and this book also investigates the contribution made by the arts to the processes of international development, and considers how those processes can best be supported by development agencies. Contemporary Perspectives on Art and International Development gives scholars of Development Studies, Social and Cultural Geography, Anthropology, Cultural Policy, Cultural Studies, and Global Studies a contextually and thematically diverse range of insights into this emerging research field.
Introduction Part 1: Structuring the Cultural Sector for Development 1. The Creative Economy and the Development Agenda: The Use and Abuse of ‘Fast Policy’ 2. UNESCO, Cultural Industries and the International Development Agenda: Between Modest Recognition and Reluctance 3. Structuring the Culture Sector in the Pacific Islands 4. Artists as Change Agents: Structural and Policy Implications Part 2: The Interface of Art, Agency and Activism 5. Breaking the Frame: The Agency of Art’s Liminal Relationship to Development 6. System Error: Art as a Space to Produce What We Would Never Have Thought We Needed 7. Imagining Development Through Dance in Fiji 8. Anatomy of a Durational Project: Lanchonete.org, 2013–2017 Part 3: The Practical Dynamics of Art and Development 9. Using Art to Fight HIV/AIDS in Uganda 10. The Creative Interweaving of Multiple Threads: A Pragmatic Approach to Supporting the Arts in the Context of International Aid and Volunteering 11. Morris & Co. as a Strategy for Contemporary South African Craft Enterprises 12. Collaborative South African Fieldwork Community Arts Development Program 13. freeDimensional: Artists’ Safety and Creative Safe Havens Part 4. The Question of Evaluation 14. Evaluation Practices in Participatory Arts in International Development: Findings of a Systematic Literature Review 15. The What and the How: Rethinking Evaluation Practice
for the Arts and Development
There is a burgeoning interest among academics, practitioners and policy-makers in the relationships between ‘culture’ and ‘development’. This embraces the now well-recognized need to adopt culturally-sensitive approaches in development practice, the necessity of understanding the cultural dimensions of development, and more specifically the role of culture for development. Culture, in all its dimensions, is a fundamental component of sustainable development, and throughout the world we are seeing an increasing number of governmental and non-governmental agencies turning to culture as a vehicle for economic growth, for promoting social cohesion, stability and human well-being, and for tackling environmental issues. At the same time, there has been remarkably little critical debate around this relationship, and even less concerned with the interventions of cultural institutions or creative industries in development agendas. The objective of the Routledge Studies in Culture and Development series is to fill this lacuna and provide a forum for reaching across academic, practitioner and policymaker audiences.
The series editors welcome submissions for single- and jointly-authored books and edited collections concerning issues such as: the contribution of museums, heritage and cultural tourism to sustainable development; the politics of cultural diplomacy; cultural pluralism and human rights; traditional systems of environmental management; cultural industries and traditional livelihoods; and culturally-appropriate forms of conflict resolution and post-conflict recovery.