Some Reading Recommendations……
For those of you who did not yet pick up Doug Borwick’s new book Building Communities Not Audiences, The Future of the Arts in the United States, featured at the AFTA conference, I recommend it as a very fast and interesting read. I read a bit on the plane ride home, and we landed as I was just getting into Tom Borrup and Stephanie Moore’s chapter: Economic Development and the Arts. They cite eight different strategies and examples of projects that utilize them.
Arts Extension Service
University of Massachusetts Amherst
The Council has a co-sponsored program called Arts Build Communities which addresses creative placement of the arts in communities. The administrator of the program, a Rutgers University professor, also recommends: The Creative Community Builder’s Handbook: How to Transform Communities Using Local Assets, Arts and Culture, by Tom Borrup.
Program Officer, Community Arts
Liaison to Music, Music/Opera Theater and Visual Arts Organizations
NJ State Council on the Arts
Our opening speaker at the Community Development meeting on Monday, Sherry Kafka Wagner, referenced many great ideas from several books she finds valuable. She has since shared the list with us, and I am posting it here for all to utilize!
1. IMAGINE: How Creativity Works by Jonah Lehrer (Half the book is on individual creativity; half on collaborative creativity)
2. NOW YOU SEE IT: How the Neuroscience of Attention is Changing the Way We Live, Work and Play by Cathy N. Davidson (a strong presentation exploring why collaboration is important)
Older Books that still help me
1. IMAGE OF THE CITY: Kevin Lynch
2. WHAT TIME IS THIS PLACE: Kevin Lynch
3, A SENSE OF PLACE, A SENSE OF TIME: John Brinckerhoff Jackson
4. THE INTERPRETATION OF ORDINARY LANDSCAPES: Geographical Essays: D.W. Meinig, Editor
Jennifer A. Armstrong
Director, Community Arts Development Programs
Illinois Arts Council