There has been a growing interest in the role of arts and cultural practice in tackling perennial forms of social exclusion, marginalization, and oppression. Researchers and educators from different disciplines have been collaborating with community-based agencies and community groups to forge new ways to challenge these forms of exclusion. This volume discusses how various social actors, work in interdisciplinary and cross-institutional ways to push an agenda that privileges those individuals and groups, who experience and live at the front line of social inequality, discrimination, racism and oppression. For instance, what new understandings are generated through creative, interdisciplinary, action oriented work, and the implications for social action and transformation? How are community pedagogies constructed and communicated through arts-based research, contemporary and innovative mediums such as creative performances, arts, technologies, mixed-cultural practices and social media and networking?
This collection of articles, blurs the lines between cultural practice and knowledge production, with the process and products coming in the forms of theories, creative methodologies, and a range of arts. Together these act as powerful pedagogical tools for engaging in social justice and transformative work. The contributions further highlight the multifaceted and diverse ways of creating and disseminating knowledge, and the attempts to decenter text-based ways of communicating in hopes of sharing collaborative knowledge beyond the academy and engaging the ‘public’. This volume was originally published as a special issue of the International Journal of Inclusive Education.
1. Creating inclusive knowledges: exploring the transformative potential of arts and cultural practice Christopher Sonn and Alison Baker
2. Exploring links between empowerment and community-based arts and cultural practices: perspectives from Barcelona practitioners Ruben David Fernández Carrasco, Moisés Carmona Monferrer and Andrés Di Masso Tarditi
3. Using cotton, needles and threads to break the women’s silence: embroideries as a decolonising framework Puleng Segalo
4. Community arts as public pedagogy: disruptions into public memory through Aboriginal counter-storytelling Amy Quayle, Christopher Sonn and Pilar Kasat
5. A raison d’être for making a reggae opera as a pedagogical tool for psychic emancipation in (post)colonial Jamaica Deanne M. Bell
6. Building social inclusion through critical arts-based pedagogies in university classroom communities Sharon Verner Chappell and Drew Chappell
7. The process and product: crafting community portraits with young people in flexible learning settings Alison M. Baker
8. Participation in community arts: lessons from the inner-city Ornette D. Clennon, Carolyn Kagan, Rebecca Lawthom and Rachel Swindells