Art in Other Places: Artists at Work in America's Community and Social Institutions / Edition 1

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During the past 15 years, artists have established a remarkable record of innovation and success in institutional settings. Their work with hospital patients, prisoners, the elderly, the disabled, the mentally ill, and others has shown that the arts can have a significant positive impact on the lives of these people. This book recounts the histories of 22 institutional and community arts programs across the country pioneering this approach through activities such as creative writing and the performing and visual arts.

Consisting largely of first-hand accounts, the book demonstrates how the creative processes have been used to address and solve some of society's most pressing problems. Included are case studies, research, and descriptions of the wide variety of artistic, educational, and therapeutic approaches utilized by each of the 22 programs. Also described are many of the financial and political strategies used to build and sustain support for these unlikely endeavors. This work will provide valuable insights for artists, educators, social service providers, and community leaders.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275940546
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/24/1992
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.54 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

WILLIAM CLEVELAND is director of the Center for the Study of Art and Community near Sacramento.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I The Elderly 9
1 Inside Other Places: The Nursing Home Setting 11
2 Madeline Rugh: Conversations with the Elders 15
3 Liz Lerman: Dancers of the Third Age 25
4 Susan Perlstein: Elders Share the Arts 33
Pt. II Prisons 45
5 Inside Other Places: "Inside" 47
6 Geese Theater: America's National Prison Theater Company 51
7 Grady Hillman: Jailin' and Writin' in Texas 65
8 Arts-In-Corrections: Art from California Prisons 75
Pt. III People With Disabilities 89
9 Inside Other Places: Programs for the Developmentally Disabled 91
10 Victoria Ann-Lewis: Other Voices, Other Solutions 95
11 CLIMB Theater Company: Theater-in-Reverse 105
12 The Short Centers: "My Name Is Pat and I'm an Artist" 113
Pt. IV People With Mental Illness 123
13 Inside Other Places: Mental Health Facilities 125
14 Imagination Workshop: Disciplining the Imagination 129
15 Edith Kelman: Strange Apples 139
16 Art Programming in the California Department of Mental Health: The Adventures of a Do-Gooder at DMH 151
Pt. V Hospitals 161
17 Inside Other Places: America's Health Care System 163
18 Duke University Hospital Cultural Services: A Hospital Art Community 165
19 Hospital Audiences Incorporated: The Healing Role of the Arts 171
20 Art That Heals: The Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Care Center 185
Pt. VI Youth at Risk 193
21 Inside Other Places: Youth in Placement 195
22 Laurie Meadoff: The CityKids Empire 197
23 Artsreach Ensemble: Inside Out at the California Youth Authority 211
24 Young Saints: "Didn't It Rain" 223
Pt. VII Community 233
25 Inside Other Places: In Search of Community 235
26 Judy Baca: SPARC - The Social and Public Arts Resource Center 237
27 Brandywine Workshop: Printmaking and the Streets 245
28 TheaterWorker's Project: Steelworkers Speak 253
29 Rebecca Rice: Building Bridges 259
Notes 271
Directory of Programs 277
Index 281
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