Community Art: Creative Approaches to Practice

Jill Chonody (ed.)

Published by The Arts in Society, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing

Format Price
Book: Electronic $US15.00
Book: Print $US40.00

Community Art: Creative Approaches to Practice is a collection of essays that cover a wide range of artistic endeavors including photography, street/mural art, singing, drawing, storytelling, sculpting, dance, drumming, horticulture, repurposed objects, theater, and film. Art is explored from the perspective that self-expression can be a powerful experience that raises consciousness for the person who created it as well as her/his audience. This book examines the use of art and its potential to create change for individuals, groups, and communities, and each chapter provides a description of one particular approach followed by a summary of its uses. Utilizing current literature and research evidence, the benefits of its use for particular populations are outlined. Practical tips including issues to consider prior to implementation are provided, and an example of how the technique has been used in practice illustrates its application. In the final chapter, methods for evaluation are outlined that can be useful when thinking about grant applications, funding sources, and personal evaluation of practice. This book provides an introduction to using art in practice and can be utilized by a variety of different fields, including social workers, drama and art therapists, community organizers, nurses, and students.

Book: Electronic (PDF File; 9.431MB). Book: Print (Paperback). Published by The Arts in Society, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing.

Jill Chonody

Associate Professor, Indiana University Northwest

Jill Chonody, PhD, LCSW is an associate professor of social work at Indiana University Northwest where she teaches Social Work Practice and Research Methodology courses. She is also an adjunct research fellow at the University of South Australia where she has ongoing research collaborations in psychology. She researches issues related to attitudes, in particular ageism, and is interested in scale development and psychometrics. She also seeks to incorporate photography as a research methodology as well as a creative approach to practice. Jill previously worked as a therapist for eight years in both outpatient and inpatient psychiatric facilities.


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