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01 August 2021
Supporting Community Development through the Arts
The arts contribute to community development in a variety of ways, including economically, aesthetically, and promoting prosocial behavior. Examples include cultivating the creative industries, developing cultural districts and trails, installing public art, encouraging arts and culture festivals, and more. As such, the arts present numerous ways to promote local culture and regional foods. Examples of leveraging the arts for local development are plentiful. Srithongrung and Byrnes (2019) found that the arts enhance the regional economy among U.S. metropolitan statistical areas by attracting a diversified workforce and supporting complementary industries such as specialized suppliers. Lowe (2000) found that community art projects in Denver helped residents develop relationships and collective identities. Lee (2013) and Otte (2019) found that the arts lead to increased social cohesion. Camden, NJ is installing portraits of its residents to beautify neighborhoods overrun with blight (Trethan, 2020). This special issue will focus on the variety of ways that the arts can contribute to local development. It will encourage interdisciplinary research that will appeal to both scholars and practitioners. Topics include, but are not limited to:
- Management of creative placemaking initiatives
- Programs supporting arts entrepreneurs and the creative industries
- Benefits and drawbacks of cultural tourism
- Art projects supporting meaning-making
- Design and implementation of public arts projects
- History of the arts and local development
- Arts and local development theories
- Measuring impact of the arts on local development
- Intercultural arts and local development
- Highlighting social justice with community art
- Building resilient communities through art
- Arts and community partnerships for local development
- Cross-sector collaborations for arts and local development
- Lessons learned through art and local development
- Public perception and reaction to arts and local development projects
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This area of scholarship benefits from a variety of viewpoints and the editors encourage proposals from all of fields and disciplines. Areas of study may include public management, nonprofit management, arts management, social entrepreneurship, health, public art, arts education, urban planning, and community development, among others. Empirical and theory-building research as well as case studies are welcome. For consideration, send a 500-word proposal via email to [email protected] by January 29, 2021.
Proposals should include information on the purpose or aim of the article, a discussion of the methods or approach used, and a discussion of the fit with the special issue topic. Please include author name(s), affiliation(s), and full contact information.
Proposal acceptance will be sent by February 15, 2021. Full manuscripts will be due by August 1, 2021 for peer review. Final decision on the manuscript acceptance is anticipated by December 1, 2021, with publication in early 2022.
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