Sources For The Meeting On Arts And Civic Engagement

Below is a list of readings related to Saguaro VII: The Arts and Social Capital, including either direct links or PDF downloads where available. For our official set of recommendations, please see our BetterTogether report.

Putnam, Robert. Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2000. [especially chapter 24]

Participation in the Arts

Balfe, Judith Higgins, and Rolf Myersohn. "Arts Participation by the Baby Boomers: A Report for the Research Division of the National Endowment for the Arts," Graduate Center, City University of New York, February 1995.

Falk, John H. "Visitors: Who Does, Who Doesn’t, and Why?" Museum News, March/April 1998.

Levine, Lawrence. Highbrow/Lowbrow. Harvard University Press: Cambridge, MA, 1988.

National Endowment for the Arts, 1997 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts.

Peters, Moni, and Maya Cherbo. "The Missing Sector: The Unincorporated Arts."  Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society, Vol. 26, Issue 2, Summer 1998. pp. 115-128.

The Impact of the Arts on Social Capital

Argyle, Michael. The Psychology of Happiness. (Routledge, 2002)

Bacon, Barbara Schaffer, et al. "Animating Democracy: The Artistic Imagination as a Force in Civic Dialogue." Report to the Ford Foundation submitted by the Americans for the Arts and the Institute for Community Development and the Arts. April, 1999.

Cleveland, William. "Chaos, Art, and the Age of Uncertainty." Speech delivered to annual assembly of National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, Nov. 1, 1997.

Heath, Shirley Brice, and Elisabeth Soep. "Youth Development and the Arts in Nonschool Hours." Grantmakers and the Arts, Vol. 9, No. 1 (Spring 1998).

Heath, Shirley Brice. "Living the Arts through Language and Learning: A Report on Community-Based Youth Organizations." Americans for the Arts Monograph, Vol. 2, No. 7, Nov. 1998.

Jackson, Maria-Rosario. "Arts and Culture Indicators Community Building Project: January 1996-May 1998. A Report to the Rockefeller Foundation," The Urban Institute, Fall 1998.

Snell, Tricia. "American Creativity at Risk: Restoring Creativity as a Priority in Public Policy, Cultural Philanthropy, and Education." Alliance of Artists’ Communities, November 8-10, 1996.

"Use or Ornament? The Social Impact of Participation in the Arts," Summary of study by Comedia Research Group, England, 1997.

Art and Community Revitalization

"Challenge America: A Proposal for FY 2000 to Strengthen Communities through the Arts." National Endowment for the Arts, 1999.

Glentzer, Molly. "Art with a Heart." Hope Magazine, Sept./Oct. 1996.

Walker, Reagan. "Handmade in America: North Carolina Aims to Prove Art, Economic Development Can Mix." The Atlanta Constitution. April 4, 1999.

Weisberg, Lois. "The Gallery 37 Model: A Resource Manual for Designing an Arts-Based Youth Employment Program." City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, 1999.

Yeh, Lily. "Village of Arts and Humanities." Grantmakers in the Arts, Vol. 10, No. 1. Spring 1999, pp. 25-27.

Museums and Civic Engagement

Arthurs, Alberta. "Making Change: Museums and Public Life," transcript of lecture for the Arts and Humanities in Public Life Conference at the University of Chicago, January 19, 1999.

Coffey, Michelle. "Teen Programs: Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN," National Association of Artists Organizations Bulletin, Fall 1997.

Duitz, Mindy. "The Soul of a Museum: Commitment to Community at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum." In Museums and Communities, edited by Ivan Karp, Christine Mullen Kreamer and Steven Lavine. Smithsonian Institution Press, 1992.

Gaither, Edmund Barry. "Hey! That's Mine": Thoughts on Pluralism and American Museums." In Museums and Communities, edited by Ivan Karp, Christine Mullen Kreamer and Steven Lavine. Smithsonian Institution Press, 1992.

Gopnik, Adam. "The Death of an Audience." The New Yorker, Oct. 5, 1992.

Pitman, Bonnie. "Excellence and Equity: Moving Forward." Museum News, Jan/Feb 1993.

Tchen, John Kuo Wei. Excerpts from "Creating a Dialogic Museum: The Chinatown History Museum Experiment." In Museums and Communities, edited by Ivan Karp, Christine Mullen Kreamer and Steven Lavine. Smithsonian Institution Press, 1992.

"Toledo Museum of Art: Interests of Local Employers and Museum Merge in Toledo." Engaging the Entire Community: A New Role for Permanent Collections, Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund report, 1999.

Performing Arts Institutions Engaging Their Communities

Coppock, Bruce. "Speech to Grantmakers in the Arts," Oct. 10, 1995.

O’Neill, Phyllis, and James Bau Graves et al. "House Island Project: Advancing the Heritage of Main’s Ethnic Communities," Portland, ME: Portland Performing Arts, Inc., 1996.

Artists involving citizens in the creative process

Burnham, Linda. "The Cutting Edge is Enormous: Liz Lerman and Richard Owen Geer." In The Citizen Artist: 20 Years of Art in the Public Arena, edited by Linda Frye Burnham and Steven Durland. New York: Critical Press, 1997.

Cocke, Dudley. "Theater of Place." Grantmakers in the Arts, Vol. 10, No. 1 Spring 1999.

Paterson, Douglas L. and Mark Weinberg, "We Are All Theater: An Interview with Augusto Boal." In The Citizen Artist: 20 Years of Art in the Public Arena, edited by Linda Frye Burnham and Steven Durland. New York: Critical Press, 1997.

Vidal, John. "This Man Could Give Archer a Few Tips," The Guardian (London), November 26, 1998.

The arts as treatment for social ills

Cleveland, William. "Between Me and the Giant: Imagination Workshop."  In The Citizen Artist: 20 Years of Art in the Public Arena, edited by Linda Frye Burnham and Steven Durland. New York: Critical Press, 1997.

Durland, Steven. "Maintaining Humanity: Interview with Grady Hillman About Arts-In-Corrections." In The Citizen Artist: 20 Years of Art in the Public Arena, edited by Linda Frye Burnham and Steven Durland. New York: Critical Press, 1997.

Perlstein, Susan. "We Are All Connected: Elders Share the Arts."  In The Citizen Artist: 20 Years of Art in the Public Arena, edited by Linda Frye Burnham and Steven Durland. New York: Critical Press, 1997.

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