For Art’s Sake? Society and the Arts in the 21st Century
Ed Jamie Cowling
Pub Institute for Public Policy Research 2004 ISBN 1860302335
An important publication that tackles the questions of the impact of the arts on wider social goals in education, mental health, community cohersion and offender rehabilitation. Is our evaluation at present more advocacy than evidence? Do we need to be more rigorous? Can we focus on outcome measures? Authors of Chapters include Peter Hewitt, Chief Executive of Arts Council England; Dr Gerald Lidstone of Goldsmith's College; and Dr Andrew Miles, Research Consultant for the Unit for Arts and Offenders. Lots of useful information on various evaluation schemes and much food for thought.
Slough Inspired: A celebration of ten years of Community Arts Training in Slough
Pub: Slough Borough Council 2004 ISBN 090416411X £5
A celebration of ten years of Community Arts Training in Slough (CATS). A beautiful booklet with classy photos and interviews with wonderful people doing wonderful things as a result of undertaking the CATS training courses. Artists who learnt how to work with communities, and people from communities who learnt how to work with artists. The publication celebrates the people of Slough – it is about their stories and journeys in the arts. A great reminder of why this type of arts is so important.
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Creative Regeneration - lessons from ten community arts projects
By Tim Dwelly
Pub: Joseph Rowntree Foundation 2001 ISBN 1859350658
This report shows how ten arts projects in Wales have made a major impact in their communities. It provides examples for other agencies across the UK to follow, by demonstrating that creative regeneration really does work. Review
In Our Neighbourhood - A regional theatre and its local community
By Dick Downing
Pub: Joseph Rowntree Foundation 2001 £13.95 ISBN 1 85935 064 X
Recent amendments to the funding of local theatres reflect the importance of their role in community development. In Our Neighbourhood examines a project by a major regional theatre that undertook to become more involved with its local residential community, and to explore new ways of working in partnership. It offers a revealing portrait of the reality of community involvement.Review
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Turning Points: the impact of participation in community theatre
by Neil Beddow, ed Mary Shwarz
Pub: South West Arts 2001 ISBN 1874396299 £5
An interesting and useful study of the effects that community theatre has on the people who take part. It is enthusiastically descriptive and then analytical. The results of the evaluation studies include both delightful direct quotations and lists of percentages. Review
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For a fuller list of titles on arts in regeneration and for social inclusion – see the Main Booklist, under Education / participatory and under Value of the arts.