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Reading List: Art for Social Change

February 27, 2015

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