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Battery Dance employed a pre and post program participant survey to assess its program, Dancing to Connect - Iraq. In doing so, the dance company and the program participants explored areas of self-expression, attitude and perception changes, and...
Last Updated: July 19, 2013
  Understanding how knowledge moves through communities can help evaluators select the components of a program that are best suited for scaling up. “Scaling” is the practice of replicating programs for implementation at new locations, by other...
Last Updated: July 19, 2013
Sparkwise, a new kind of digital dashboard developed by design and innovation firm, Tomorrow Partners, uses visually compelling platforms to share the stories of impact of films and visual media. Measuring the impact of films and visual media is...
Last Updated: July 19, 2013
Marty Pottenger discusses Art at Work in Portland, ME and the evaluative practices that were used in assessing participant impact.  This resource captures Pottenger’s contribution from Animating Democracy’s 2012 Social Impact & Evaluation Blog...
Last Updated: August 21, 2013
Porch Light (an initiative of the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program in partnership with the City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services) Powerpoint presented at the Animating Democracy/Americans...
Last Updated: August 23, 2013
Cultural organizing exists at the intersection of art and activism This paper explores the power of cultural organizing with examples of groups and individuals placing art and culture at the center of organizing strategies: organizing from a...
Last Updated: September 4, 2013
Folk arts include a constellation of artistic activities and cultural expressions in community life that are informal, often popular in orientation, amateur, voluntary, and occurring in myriad social contexts. As expressions of deep cultural...
Last Updated: September 4, 2013
The modern-day arts-based community development movement is founded on the belief that the arts can be a powerful agent of personal, institutional, and community change. Since its beginnings in the 1970s, the movement has grown from a very small and...
Last Updated: September 4, 2013
Artists who are committed to social justice through their work must navigate a complex contemporary art world characterized by numerous political positions and aesthetic expectations. In this paper, Nato Thompson observes two overarching approaches...
Last Updated: September 4, 2013
Youth media is a diverse array of practices in which young people collaborate with artists and educators to express themselves creatively, communicate with peers across borders, and participate in community dialogue and problem solving. Social...
Last Updated: September 4, 2013
In towns all across the United States, young people are using music and art to make interesting, creative, and positive things happen in their communities. They are punks, rappers, educators, singer-songwriters, artists, and community organizers who...
Last Updated: September 4, 2013
Filled with resources, blogs, current events and much more on arts in the prison community; the Prison Art Coalition is a valuable tool to create awareness and promote the arts for the incarcerated.
Last Updated: October 21, 2013
In this paper, long-time community arts chronicler Linda Frye Burnham offers snapshots of selected projects that help capture the range of community arts projects and programs happening today. They are led by veteran and up-and-coming artists and...
Last Updated: October 29, 2013
As a long-time activist and co-founder of the Boston-based Design Studio for Social Intervention (DS4SI), Lori Lobenstine discusses making meaning and creating change in the public sphere through the integration of social justice strategies with art...
Last Updated: January 13, 2014
This groundbreaking report from the Tucson Pima Arts Council, People, Land, Arts, Culture, and Engagement: Taking Stock of the PLACE Initiative,  deepens and elevates the meaning of creative placemaking through a thoughtful analysis of its authentic...
Last Updated: February 18, 2014

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