Next to the episodes on the Back to the Drawing Board podcast, there exists The Bookshelf.
The Bookshelf is my gift to you. On Instagram, every first of the month, I share with you a book that reminds you how to look, gets you in touch with your creativity. These are not just books for artists, nor people who love art. They are books for people that want to learn to look, whether it's at veggies in the grocery store, or other people's body language. They are books that give you the permission to enjoy the mystery, embrace the curiosity and dive in deep. It is in this mystery that the best ideas come about. With that being said, book six on The Bookshelf is..
Creating Together: Participatory, Community-Based, and Collaborative Arts Practices and Scholarship Across Canada by Diane Conrad and Anita Sinner
If your scientific side has never been satisfied with the chill-vibe of the arts, then this book is for you!
In Creating Together you will find an approach to research that combines art practices and scholarship in collaborative and community-based contexts in Canada. And of course, as I always repeat myself, these books are not just for artists, nor just for visual artists. Creating Together touches on multiples art disciplines such as photography, painting, poetry and theatre with the goal of spreading knowledge through the act of creating.
If you've ever wondering about community art, were interested in community art projects, and are curious about the benefits and purpose of community arts, then this book should give you plenty to think about. With community art examples you'll learn why community art is important.
I hope you enjoy familiarizing yourself with different artistic projects and learning along the way that creating together leads to collective knowledge, a knowledge which all aspects of our lives could benefit from!
As you might know, I am very passionate about engaging the community in making art. You can listen further about this topic and my research and ideas on it in episode 70 where I take a look at how humans form their identity through stories, or in episode 50 where I approach the community through a psychoanalytic standpoint.