RESOURCES :: PUBLICATIONS
The following publications give you background on the importance of community-based
projects and may provide concepts and vocabulary you can use for generating support
and resources for your ideas.
Creative Community: The Art of Cultural Development
This publication traces the history, methods, values and theories of community
cultural-development practice. The report particularly analyzes the effectiveness of
such practice as a response to destructive social and economic forces. Ordered online
Rockefeller Foundation or by fax (210-529-1119, Job#3186).
Strengthening Communities Through Culture
This report discusses crucial ways in which America's communities can be identified,
supported and enhanced by their art and culture. The report suggests the arts can be a
force for enhancing community identity and making communities more vibrant and prosperous.
It articulates four focal areas: community identity, community and economic development,
education and cultural literacy and social needs.
The Center for Arts and Culture is America's first independent think tank for arts and
cultural issues. Based in Washington, D.C., the Center considers the role of creativity
and innovation in our national and international life through research, analysis,
publication and dialogue. It sparks a fresh look at the scope and contributions of art and
culture to society, and links people, groups, and governments with the information they
need for the future. In its nearly three years of operations, the Center has catalyzed a
new kind of policy community through two core programmatic areas: research and
The report can be ordered directly from
The Center for Arts and Culture
or downloaded as a PDF file.
Modernity at Large: Cultural Dimensions of Globalization
Arjun Appadurai, University of Minnesota Press, 1996
UNESCO World Culture Report and OurCreative Diversity, reports on international cultural
policy. Available at
World Bank Participation Sourcebook
More than 200 World Bank staff members and consultants present their experiences with
participatory approaches to development activities. The Sourcebook serves as a reference
guide to participatory development, featuring country case studies, pointers for participatory
planning and decision making, and ways of enabling the poor to participate. It also discusses
the role of non-governmental organizations in this area. Annexes include descriptions of
methods and summaries of background papers. This site has good information on participatory
models of development, and a publications list.
Development-related projects and resources. This site has good information on participatory models of development, and a publications list.
New Land Marks: Public Art, Community, and the Meaning of Place, ed Penny Balkin
Bach, Fairmount Park Art Association, 2001. The contact address is
The Citizen Artist: 20 Years of Art in the Public Arena
An Anthology from High Performance Magazine 1978-1998.
Edited by API co-directors Linda Frye Burnham and Steven Durland.
Published in May 1998 by Critical Press for their series: Thinking Publically: The New Era of
Public Art. Available at
Preserving Our Heritage by Keith Donohue
Issue paper published by the
The Center for Arts and Culture
"Cultural preservation, like conservation of our natural resources, depends upon political
leadership..." "Here in the United States especially, we need old buildings and neighborhoods
and works of art and archival documents because they help us to remember the marvelous diversity
embodied in the word 'We'." "While most preservation efforts are undertaken through private
initiative, more people are thinking of our shared cultural heritage as also a public good."
Publications with useful tools and specific methodology for implementing your ideas.
A Handbook for Rural Arts Collaborations
This handbook will walk you through the process of collaboration and project development in a clear
and straightforward manner. While its focus is on education and community projects in a rural
environment, its recommendation applies anywhere. The guidesheets (excerpted on this Web site) are
well worth its purchase. To order the publication, contact