Gathering Places as Cultural Passages: Engaging with Public and Community Arts

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Title: Gathering Places as Cultural Passages: Engaging with Public and Community Arts
Author: Acosta-Myers, Yasmin A. (Yasmin Arlette)
Abstract: Gathering Places as Cultural Passages explores place and social interactions in relation to art. This research capstone delves into theoretical ways of seeing and addressing how different communities evoke the historical memories of a place. An extensive literature review explores how gathering spaces can become sustainable cultural and social assets in engaging communities. The study additionally presents unique arts projects that engage community members in the learning and creation process, with the purpose of helping communities become aware of their own cultures and to be socially engaged. I define gathering places as public spaces, historical places, or cultural landmarks in communities, which serve as cultural passages in guiding the formation and creation of a sense of place and belonging. Gathering spaces provide opportunities to create an environment for expression and learning, which can represent the cultures of a community.
Description: xiii, 49 p. : col. ill. A Master’s capstone project presented to the Arts and Administration Program and the Graduate School of the University of Oregon in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Masters of Science in Arts Management.
Date: 2011-06

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