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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:

 

Books

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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