Resilient Communities: Fostering Citizens Through Arts and Culture
This project is focused in case studies within the Boston area (MA, USA) where cultural and artistic practices have been integrating the daily life of communities and where cultural events (like community festivals, street parades, exhibitions or neighborhood artistic presentations) have been refunctionalizing and developing (economically and socially) urban public spaces, like parks, squares, train stations, urban walls, ancient factories or churches.
With data collected from these urban examples, the intention is to gather empirical evidence that elucidates three main variables: the variable community and the variables cultural and artistic citizenship. Having in mind the various social meanings of community, I intend to gather data that helps to characterize and understand the variables cultural and artistic citizenship, taking into account the different cultural events, the community programms and the multi-ethnicity of these different neighborhoods.
Data from these communities is being collected using textual, visual and documental materials: tape recorded interviews, video-interviews, community grounded field notes, community video sessions, neighborhood and community photographs and documental analysis. This data should help to elucidade, in a broader sense, how communities can be empowered through the arts and how urban public spaces can be culturally and socially rehabilitated.
Keywords: citizenship, community arts, empowerment, public spaces
PhD student, Research Affiliate, Center for Reflective Community Practice