Between Grace and Fear: The Role of the Arts in a Time of Change

By William Cleveland and Patricia Shifferd.

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

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

This book is a series of interviews with social theorists and scholars, philanthropists, scientists, theologians, artists, community development and community arts activists. Several recent books, including The Great Turning by David Korten, and A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink, have made the argument that a new way of organizing our relationships to each other and to nature will be necessary in the coming years. The subjects, some 30 in all, were all asked to comment on this eventuality and to provide their perceptions of what role that artists and arts organizations should play in contributing to a more just and sustainable society.

Keywords: Arts, Society

Book: Print (Paperback). Book: Electronic (PDF File; 4.800MB). Published by The Arts in Society, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing.

William Cleveland

William Cleveland is a pioneer in the community arts movement and one of its most poetic documenters. His books Art In Other Places and Making Exact Change andArt and Upheaval: Artists on the World’s Frontlines are considered seminal works in the field of arts-based community development. An activist, teacher, lecturer and musician, he also directs the Center for the Study of Art and Community, located on Bainbridge Island, in Washington state in the U.S.

Dr. Patricia Shifferd

Principal Researcher, Center for the Study of Art and Community, Bainbridge Island, WA, USA

Holder of the Ph.D. degree in Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Shifferd's academic specialties include the sociology of economic change, social stratification, and political sociology. Dr. Shifferd’s research and publications are in the areas of community power structures, large-scale social change, and the role of the arts in education and in community development. In 2005 she completed a study of the relationship of the arts to larger community structures in ten small Minnesota communities. The research, “Thriving Arts, Thriving Small Communities,” was commissioned by the with funds from the Bush Foundation. Her paper, “Converging Streams: The Community Arts and Sustainable Community Movements,” was presented at the Society for Human Ecology Conference in the Fall of 2006, and subsequently published by the Community Arts Network. It was also presented in the summer of 2007 at Walden University’s conference on sustainability in Minneapolis.


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