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Artists and community Community relations
Artists as art museum curators  Generosity in art
Artists - political activity Museums - social aspects
Arts and society Social exchange
Collaboration      Social isolation
Community arts projects Social practice (Art)


Books you can borrow!

Great books available to read and borrow at the Mitchell Art Gallery.

Additional Readings


Barnes, P., & McPherson, G. (2019). Co-creating, co-producing and connecting: Museum practice today. Curator, 62(2), 257-267.

Bergis, A. (2018). A cohort of trees, photographs scientists, an artist and a curator: the collaborative study of environmental change. Interdisciplinary Science Review, 43(1), 24-36.

Golding, V., Modest, W. (Eds.). (2013). Museums and communities: Curators, collections, and collaboration. London, England: Bloomsbury

MacNeill, K. (2010). Identity and the political: (Im)Possibilities of collaboration. Third Text, 24(3), 319-330.

Petropoulos, J. (2014). Artists under Hitler: Collaboration and survival in Nazi Germany. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

Generosity and Giving in the Arts

MacDonald, L. (2018). Have I done enough? Performance Research, 23(6), 40-49.

Selzer, S.A., & Purves, T. (2014). What we want is free: Critical exchanges in recent art (2nd ed.). Albany, NY: State University of New York Press. 

Art and Society

Chadwick, W. (2007). Women, art, and society. London, England: Thames & Hudson.

Foster, A.W., & Blau, J.R. (1989). Art and society: Readings in the sociology of the arts. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.

Waging culture 2012: The socio-economic status of Canadian visual artists. Retrieved from Art Gallery of York University website. 

Art and Social Action

Berman, K. (2017). Finding voice: A visual arts approach to engaging social change. Ann Arbour, MI: University of Michigan Press.

Bishop, C. (Ed.). (2006). Participation. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Burton, J., Jackson, S., & Wilsdon, D. (Eds.). (2016). Public servants: Art and the crisis of the common good. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Cleveland, W. (2008). Art and upheaval: Artists on the world's frontlines. Oakland, CA: New Village Press.

Davis, B. (2013). A critique of social practice art: What does it mean to be a political artist? International Socialist Review, 90.  

Garneau, N., & Cushwa, A.J. (2018). Performing revolutionary: Art, action, activism. Bristol, UK: Intellect.

Harlap, Y. (2006). Toward training: The meanings and practices of social change work in the arts. Ottawa, ON: Canadian Council on Learning.

What is the effectiveness of socially engaged art? (2013). [Discussion forum]. Retrieved from Blade of Grass website.

Social Projects

Maintenance Works - research-based public program seeking to slow down, recallibrate, and redefine what a gallery can do and how people can work together.

Moratorium Office - a collective project of de-colonial self-determination by Sami artists Jenni Laiti, Outi Pieski, Niillas Holmberg that incorporates place-making, video, text, historical research, conversation/performance.

Transforma - a collective that supported celebrated cultural practice that impacted the social and physical environment in New Orleans from 2005-2010.


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