Models of community engagement in arts and culture

This section showcases research that looks at how cultural organisations can effectively reach out to the public. More information about this subject can be found at the Consultation Institute and Involve.

The summaries in this category are:

Effective community engagement during capital development projects

This research was conducted by Joanna Woronkowicz at Indiana university, USA

Summary

This paper tries to understand what happens when an arts organisation undertakes community engagement efforts to support a capital construction programme. The study used survey data from managers of non-profit arts organisations in the US between 1994 and 2008 …

How the creative and cultural sector can adopt anti-oppressive practice

This research was conducted by Miranda Campbell at Ryerson University, Canada

Summary

This paper examined a youth arts project in Canada and identified how the wider cultural sector might adopt ‘anti-oppressive practices’. These can help generate ‘more sustainable and more equitable livelihoods’. The author sketches out ‘what the working practices of …

A participatory approach to cultural mapping

This research was conducted by Morgan Currie and Melisa Miranda Correa at Edinburgh University

Summary

This paper describes a cultural mapping project in the Scottish city of Edinburgh. The project produced 'a tool that artists, art institutions, and policy makers can use to better understand Edinburgh’s cultural geography and guide …

Using the arts to address social harm

This research was conducted by Tonimarie Benaton and five others at the University of Derby and Derby Theatre

Summary

This paper is an exploration of how the arts can address the issue of ‘social harm’ for young people with experience of care. The research is based on a programme run by …

Highbrow literature may be the cultural common ground among a community of strangers

This research was conducted by Nadezhda Sokolova and Mikhail Sokolov at European University at Saint Petersburg, Russia

Summary

This paper challenges the assumption that popular culture (rather than highbrow elite culture) is the ‘shared ground’ on which strangers like likely to meet and converse. The researchers analysed data from the St …

Building partnerships to support creative placemaking

This research was conducted by Jamie Levine Daniel and Mirae Kim at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and Georgia State University, USA

Summary

This paper describes the outcomes of a workshop on creative placemaking which brought together ‘local community leaders, planners, economic developers, tourism or cultural administrators’. Creative placemaking ‘intentionally leverages the …

Thinking about cultural engagement in terms of capabilities and ecologies

This research was conducted by Jonathan Gross and Nick Wilson at King’s College London

Summary

This paper proposes a new way to think about the role and purpose of cultural policy and arts administration: the fulfilment of people’s cultural capabilities. This proposal comes out of a critique of existing …

Reach migrant audiences by increasing education

This research was conducted by Gerbert Kraaykamp, Natascha Notten and Hidde Bekhuis at Radboud University, The Netherlands

Summary

This research draws on large-scale survey data to explore possible explanations for the relative lack of engagement in (Western) highbrow culture of migrant communities in the Netherlands. Focusing on Turkish and Moroccan communities …

By | 21 January 2016 |

Poetry as a positive community development tool

This research was conducted by Sandra D. Sjollema and Jill Hanley at McGill University, Canada.

Summary

This paper sought to investigate the impact of poetry for community development. The study found that poetry groups are used as a tool for community development in community settings, generating numerous benefits for both disadvantaged …

By | 5 May 2015 |

Art can help involve citizens in local planning processes

This research was conducted by Marian Stuiver and three others at Wageningen University and Research Centre, Utrecht University, and the University of Leiden, The Netherlands.

Summary

This study looked at the potential of art as a way of involving citizens in the processes of regional transitions. In this article, researches asked …

By | 5 May 2015 |