AADM 6609: Arts and Community
1) List the seven unifying principles of community cultural development and write a one or two sentence explanation of each of them in your own words.
1. Active participation in cultural life is an essential goal of community cultural development. Different weight is carried with different art forms (usually western art versus contemporary art). Everyone should have the opportunity to participate and that helps to create a societal good.
2. Diversity is a social asset, part of the cultural commonwealth, requiring protection and nourishment. Different elements of cultures thrive when there is diversity. Resources need to be protected and cultivated to create a healthy eco-system.
3. All cultures are essentially equal and society should not promote any one as superior to the others. This discusses the literal notion of value and determining where money and resources are being placed. There should not be a value system for different societies as well as a hierarchy system.
4. Culture is an effective crucible for social transformation, one that can be less polarizing and create deeper connections than other social-change arenas. Society needs to be concerned with creating deeper connections than other social change.
5. Cultural expression is a means of emancipation, not the primary end in itself; the process is as important as the product. This separates the marketplace notion that something is only valuable if you can sell it. The artistic process stems creativity and there are long term effects from the process.
6. Cultural is a dynamic, protean whole and there is no value in creating artificial boundaries within it. No arts organization is more valuable than another.
7. Artists have roles as agents of transformation that are more socially valuable than mainstream art world roles—and certainly equal in legitimacy. Majority of artists’ work is not rewarded in the same way that other roles or professions are. It is our responsibility to lift up artists to positions of respect and promote the value of artists.
2) What are the intrinsic and instrumental definitions of artistic practice? Describe the relationship between the two designations. What does this mean in practice?
Intrinsic benefits refer to the effects inherent in the arts experience that add value to people lives. Most obvious examples are the sheer joy one can feel in response to a piece of music or movements in a dance. Intrinsic benefits of the arts are intangible and lie beyond the traditional measureable tools of social science.
Instrumental definitions of artistic practice parallels to the artistic and creative process. This can be seen in either artistic institutions or an artistic expression such as a painting or composition. By sheer definition, instrumental value is good because it provides the means for acquiring something else of value. In applied artistic practice, one can be taught to find the intrinsic value and benefits in the artistic process and product. There is worth throughout the entire creative process. Therefore the arts are instrumental because they are intrinsic.
3) Describe the ways that individuals in a community can have meaningful participation in arts activities. Give examples of two projects that represent this and briefly describe how they were participatory.
There is a shift in how audiences and community members want to perceive art these days. A desire to be more involved is being expressed and people are placing value on a more immersive and interactive experience rather than simply observation. Embracing this shift will help arts organizations expand their audience base and allow community members to have a deeper meaningful arts experience. Community creative interests lie beyond attendance, it lies within spoken word, sharing playlists, dance competitions, refashioning artistic content, and other artistic expressions. The need for audiences to help shape…