1st Edition

Using Art for Social Transformation International Perspective for Social Workers, Community Workers and Art Therapists

Edited By Eltje Bos, Ephrat Huss Copyright 2023
    296 Pages 38 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    296 Pages 38 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Social arts are manifold and are initiated by multiple actors, spaces, and direction from many directions and intentions, but generally they aim to generate personal, familial, group, community or general social transformation which can maintain and enhance personal and community resilience, communication, negotiation, and transitions, as well as help with community building and rehabilitation, civic engagement, social inclusion, and cohesion. Occurring via community empowerment, institutions, arts in health, inter-ethnic conflict, and frames of lobbying for social change, social art can transform and disrupt power relations and hegemonic narratives, destigmatize marginalized groups, and humanize society through creating empathy for the other.

    This book provides a broad range of all of the above, with multiple international examples of projects (photo-voice, community theater, crafts groups for empowerment, creative place-making, arts in institutions, and arts-based participatory research) that is initiated by social practitioners and by artists – and in collaboration between the two. The aim of this book is to help to illustrate, explore, and demystify this interdisciplinary area of practice.

    With methods and theoretical orientation as the focus of each chapter, the book can be used both in academic settings and for training social and art practitioners, as well as for social practitioners and artists in the field.

    Eltje Bos and Ephrat Huss

    Chapter One – Social action art therapy. An Israel context
    Debra Kalmanowitz, Michal Bat Or, and Tami Gavron

    Chapter Two – Applied storytelling and picture talk as ‎a tool for system intervention, behavioural change and diminishing polarization
    Arjen Barel, Nerien Abu Gazaleh, and Eltje Bos

    Chapter Three – Using arts as a contact method in group work with latency age Arab and ‎Jewish youth in Israel
    Noa Barkai-Kra

    Chapter Four – Art in society at a time of political and cultural ‎transformation: The Polish case
    Beata Bigaj-Zwonek and Jolanta Gisman-Stoch

    Chapter Five – Future IDs at Alcatraz: Transforming lives in immediate and necessary ways‎
    Gregory Sale, Rebecca Jackson, Luis Garcia, and Jacquelyn McCroskey

    Chapter Six – Group bonding through cutting, gluing, and sewing together: ‎Using arts and crafts in social work with groups: "When members see what they have done with their own hands, this is a feeling no one can take away"
    Reineth Prinsloo

    Chapter Seven – Interacting through art to re-empower prison inmates in constructing new self-appraisals
    Dave Gussak, Elizabeth Odom, and Evie Soape

    Chapter Eight – Socia(B)le art: Towards culture for all
    Blaise Patrix ‎(translation from French by Els Luberti)‎

    Chapter Nine – Jamming through life:‎ Social complexity and the arts
    Erik Jansen and Paola de Bruijn

    Chapter Ten – Social arts for recognition: Sociological perspectives on arts and youth identities ‎
    Anna Smirnova and Nina Poluektova

    Chapter Eleven – Compassion embodied the particular power of the arts
    Eva Bojner Horwitz, Tero Heinonen, Anne Birgitta Pessi, and Monica Worline‎

    Chapter Twelve – The art studio as public health practice: ‎Mitigating the negative impacts of social inequality through community care
    Catherine Hyland Moon

    Chapter Thirteen – MOMU: A multiprofessional response to a multifaceted reality
    Emilio J. Gómez-Ciriano and Hugh McLaughlin

    Chapter Fourteen – Using reader’s theater to ‎enhance reflexive social work practice, research, and education
    Izumi Sakamoto and Shelley Cohen Konrad

    Chapter Fifteen – Harnessing structure and support in music-based activities
    Brian L. Kelly

    Chapter Sixteen – Madrid, city of women: A project to empower the social participation of women in the city
    Marián López Fdz. Cao, Juan Carlos Gauli, and Nacho Moreno Segarra

    Chapter Seventeen – Oh, what a tangled web we weave!: ‎the transformative intentions of socially engaged art
    Leanne Schubert and Mel Gray

    Chapter Eighteen – The art of making public: the politics of participation in participatory art practices
    Siebren Nachtergaele, Tine Vanthuyne, and Griet Verschelden

    Chapter Nineteen – Evaluating arts projects and programmes designed for social impacts: The need for ‎improved methods
    Diana Betzler and Oto Potluka

    Chapter Twenty - Human Rights Tattoo: a Zoom conversation between Sander van Bussel, Maria Kint, and Eltje Bos about the Human Rights Tattoo project. 21 December 2021
    Sander van Bussel, Maria Kint, and Eltje Bos


    Eltje Bos (PhD) is Professor Emerita of Cultural and Social Dynamics ‎at the University of Applied Sciences Amsterdam. Also trained as a drama teacher, she focused and focuses in her work on the use of arts and creativity in social work as well as on strategies of collaboration to increase personal empowerment and ‎livability in the city.

    Ephrat Huss (PhD) is Professor of Social Work and Art Therapy at Ben-Gurion ‎University of the Negev. She heads an innovative MA social work specialization ‎that integrates arts in social practice and has 40 students doing social arts ‎projects per year. She has a background in fine arts. Her areas of research ‎are the interface between arts and social practice and arts-based research: using arts ‎as a way of accessing the voices of marginalized populations. ‎