Idea: Artist-in-Residence or Social Practice

Across the world, artists are now embedding themselves in communities of people before imagining any art or art project.   The community and artist work together to discover the kinds of projects that address areas of  community concern.   The artist provides the leadership to bring people together that might not connecting at the moment.  Then the artist imagines art projects that the community implements together.

These artists work under a number of names including Socially Engaged Artists, Social Practice, Artist-in-Residence or Community Artists.   Several American universities offer special training in this cultural role for artists.

Issue:  Young Boys are Not Reading Books.
Artist Idea:  Place Special Books for Boys in Barber Shops.

Artist Alvin Irby. Barbershop Books for Boys
Artist Alvin Irby. Barbershop Books for Boys
Barbershop Books for Boys
Barbershop Books for Boys

Issue:  Burned House in Center of Small Town
Artist Idea:  Recycle the Unburned Parts into a Gathering and Performance space.

The burned house in York Alabama
The burned house in York Alabama
"open house" by Artist Matthew Mazzotta,  and the people of York Alabama
“open house” by Artist Matthew Mazzotta, and the people of York Alabama
"open house" by Artist Matthew Mazzotta,  and the people of York Alabama
“open house” by Artist Matthew Mazzotta, and the people of York Alabama

Issue:  The Aspirations of Regular People are Not Being Heard
Artist Idea:  Giant chalk boards on the sides of buildings to write ideas

Artist Candy Chang.  Black board in South Africa
Artist Candy Chang. Black board in South Africa
First chalk board in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina
First chalk board in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina

Feature picture is Candy Chang’s “I wish this was…” stickers for community members to comment on changes in the neighborhood.

 

 

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