Works of Heart: Building Village Through the Arts (Hardcover)
This full-color celebration of communities engaged in creative cultural expression profiles nine exemplary grassroots arts projects depicting an intersection of creativity with love of place. Stories range from children building an African-inspired mud facade on their Oregon middle school to an annual blessing-procession and festival in North Philadelphia that brings to life dozens of the most depressed blocks in urban America. Other regions represented include Minneapolis, Boston, Berkeley, rural Maine, San Francisco, the New York Bronx, and Vancouver, Canada. Community-based arts resources are sited throughout.
Works of Heart offers a compendium of multicultural human-interest stories that will inspire and inform both community development professionals and citizen activists. Among those profiled are Lily Yeh and the Village of Arts and Humanities, Clara Wainwright and the Faith Quilts Project, Dolly Hopkins and Public Dreams, and the Beehive Collective.
About the Author
Director of New Village Press and former editor of New Village Journal and Earthword Journal. President of Architects/ Designers/ Planners for Social Responsibility. Founder and former director of Eos Institute for the Study of Sustainable Living. Consultant, author, speaker on community development, sustainability, and social justice issues.
"Go home. Work with the mentalities you fled in your development. Wrestle your neighbors. Call out your ancestors," wrote artist Annie Rachele Lanzillotto in "Works of Heart: Building Village through the Arts."
This new anthology presents a remarkable spectrum of artists who, like Lanzillotto, immersed themselves in their communities and emerged with projects, connections and experiences that transcend traditional notions of community art and move into realms that seem more like community development.
- Jennifer Roche, CommunityArtsNetwork
In this small, power-packed, inspirational book there are nine case studies which demonstrate the potential and possibilities in community-based arts projects. Easily accessible and informative, it is a benefit for students, artists, educators, designers, planners, civic leaders, non-profit professionals, and volunteers interested or involved in community endeavors. This compendium illustrates initiatives for grassroots community building through the arts. It comes from community membership infused with passion and caring to make their corner of the world a little better. It speaks of the interactions, the struggles, the joys, and the ultimate sense of satisfaction in making a difference in a community.
- Elsie Wood, Chidren, Youth and Environment