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Reading List: Art for Social Change

Recommended readings from The LP community

We reached out to our network of LP artists, board members, staff, and friends to suggest books and readings about community-responsive art-making, creativity and social justice, radical pedagogy, and more. Here’s what they sent us:



Artistic Citizenship: A Public Voice for the Arts

Mary Schmidt and Randy Martin, editors


The Artist’s Way

Julia Cameron


Beautiful Trouble: A Toolbox for Revolution

Andrew Boyd and Dave Oswald Mitchell, editors

(and check out the website!)


Citizen: An American Lyric

Claudia Rankine


Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples

Linda Tuhiwai Smith


Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and Peace

Vandana Shiva


Education for Socially Engaged Art

Pablo Helguera


English Is Broken Here: Notes on Cultural Fusion in the Americas

Coco Fusco


Pedagogy of the Oppressed

Paulo Freire


Radical Hope: Ethics in the Face of Cultural Devastation

Jonathan Lear


The Routledge Companion to Art and Politics

Randy Martin


Space Invaders: Race, Gender, and Bodies Out of Place

Nirmal Puwar


The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

Michelle Alexander


Variations on a Blue Guitar: The Lincoln Center Institute Lectures on Aesthetic Education

Maxine Greene


Voices from the Battlefront: Achieving Cultural Equity

Marta Moreno Vega


We Make the Road by Walking: Conversations on Education and Social Change

Myles Horton and Paulo Friere


What We Made: Conversations on Art and Social Cooperation

Tom Finkelpearl


Who We Be: The Colorization of America

Jeff Chang


Articles and Online Resources

The Dangers of Using Art (and Privilege) for Solidarity

Decolonizing Solidarity Blog


New York Collective of Radical Educators: Curricula


Poetic Justice: Engaging in Participatory Narrative Analysis to Find Solace in the ‘‘Killer Corridor’’

Dr. LeConté J. Dill (LP board member!)


Have other readings to recommend? Let us know


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