Community Based Arts Education

Community Based Arts Education
Who designed it?
Kristin G. Congdon
Doug Blandy
Paul E. Bolin
Discussed further by J. Ulbricht
What is Community Based Arts Education?
“The history of community-based art education and community arts is often associated with
children, youth, and adults coming together in formal and informal cultural organizations.
These places can serve as spaces for public discourse about art and other issues of mutual
concern.” –Kristin G. Congdon
Informal Teaching
Organized Community Teaching
Public Art
Jaume Plensa, Crown Fountain, 2004
Alfredo Jaar, Infinite Cell, 2004
“Odessa is a progressive, community-based arts
organization that works to support emerging artists.
Our mission is to enhance the cultural experience of
the Memphis community by providing forwardthinking emerging artists with a connection to other
environments. Currently, Odessa is seeking nonprofit status and working on independent projects
outside of its ‘white-walls’ comfort zone.”
Our Mission Building community through heritage-based arts experiences
Our Vision A place where the arts connect and transform people, helping all feel good
about themselves and others.
Our Values
We believe The arts have the power to:
instill pride
make youth smarter
inspire action
help heal the sick
curb youth delinquency
improve neighborhoods
create jobs
promote harmony and appreciation of diversity
illuminate and help meet today's challenges, creatively
In celebrating and nurturing the cultural heritage of Black because of its:
aesthetic value: beauty, harmony
spiritual value: understanding, enlightenment, insight
social value: connection with others, a sense of identity
historical value: connection with the past
symbolic value: objects as repositories or conveyors
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