At the same time that arts funding and programming in schools are declining, exciting community-based art programs have successfully been able to build community, foster change, and enrich children's lives. Engaging Classrooms and Communities through Art provides a comprehensive and accessible guide to the design and implementation of community-based art programs for educators, community leaders, and artists. The book combines case studies with diverse groups across the country that are using different media - including mural arts, dance, and video - with an informed introduction to the theory and history of community-based art. It is a perfect handbook for those looking to transform their communities through art.
Beth Krensky Beth Krensky is an assistant professor of art education and the Area Head of Art Teaching at the University of Utah. She is an artist, activist and educator. She is one of the founding members of the international artist collective, the Artnauts.Seana Lowe Steffen currently works with Mapleton Public Schools as an instructional guide training and coaching teachers in Expeditionary Learning. She has been a faculty member and was the founding director of INVST Community Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Section I. Understanding Community Art Chapter 1. Introduction to Community Art and Community-Based Art Education Chapter 2. The Practice of Community Art: From Setting the Stage to Making Art Chapter 3. The Art Practitioner: Making the most of Opportunities and Challenges Chapter 4. The Participants: Seeing the Power of Community Art Chapter 5. The Theory behind the Practice Section II. Modeling the Practice of Community Art Chapter 6. Murals Chapter 7. Photography Chapter 8. Graphics in Posters and Billboards Chapter 9. Video Chapter 10. Dance Appendices Appendix A. A Brief History of Murals Appendix B. A Brief History of Photography Appendix C. A Brief History of Posters and Billboards Appendix D. A Brief History of Video Appendix E. A Brief History of Dance Appendix F. General Resources