Here’s a link to an article I wrote in 2010 for Animating Democracy, a project of Americans for the Arts. It offers snapshots of selected projects that help capture the range of community arts projects and programs happening today. They are led by veteran and up-and-coming artists and cultural organizations; new forms of interdisciplinary collectives; and arts and community agencies working in collaboration. Examples demonstrate how single projects, repeated community events, and ongoing programmatic and organizational efforts can effect community, civic, or social change.

Profiles include:

The Iron Triangle Legacy Project, East Bay Center for Performing Arts, Oakland

The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, Seattle

The International Sonoran Desert Alliance

UTOPIA/Dystopia, LAPD (Los Angeles Poverty Department)

Thousand Kites, Appalshop, Kentucky

The Medea Project, San Francisco

Portland Police Poetry Project, Art At Work, Maine

The Rural Studio, Auburn University, Alabama

Voices for Tolerance Program, Los Angeles Opera

Ferocious Beauty: Genome, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Maryland

Great Halloween Lantern Parade, Nana Projects, Baltimore

Village Building Convergence, City Repair, Oregon

Market Makeovers, Public Matters, Los Angeles

Victory Gardens 2008+, Future Farmers, San Francisco

Day Laborer Theater Without Borders,Cornerstone Theater Co., Los Angeles

Common Ground: TOC Project, Littleglobe, Santa Fe