Finding Voice: A Visual Arts Approach to Engaging Social Change

Finding Voice: A Visual Arts Approach to Engaging Social Change

by Kim Shelley Berman


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In Finding Voice, Kim Berman demonstrates how she was able to use visual arts training in disenfranchised communities as a tool for political and social transformation in South Africa. Using her own fieldwork as a case study, Berman shows how hands-on work in the arts with learners of all ages and backgrounds can contribute to economic stability by developing new skills, as well as enhancing public health and gender justice within communities. Berman’s work, and the community artwork her book documents, present the visual arts as a crucial channel for citizens to find their individual voices and to become agents for change in the arenas of human rights and democracy.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780472053667
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 12/22/2017
Series: New Public Scholarship Series
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Kim S. Berman is Associate Professor in the Department of Visual Art at the University of Johannesburg and the Executive Director of Artist Proof Studio.


Table of Contents

Introduction: Mapping the Journey 1

1 Methodologies and Methods of Change 9

2 Building an Arts Organization: Artist Proof Studio 21

3 Engaging Government Policies: Phumani Paper 73

4 Engaging the Academy 107

5 Assessing Arts for Social Change 135

Conclusion Renovating Democracy: Voice and Resilience 177

Appendix Making a Paper Prayer: Workshop Structure 187

Notes 191

References 207

Index 219

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