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Creative Tensions of Community Arts in Popular Education: A Transnational Study of the Americas

Creative Tensions of Community Arts in Popular Education: A Transnational Study of the Americas

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

This transnational research project involved collaborators in Toronto, Los Angeles as well as Mexico, Nicaragua and Panama in an examination of the intersection between popular education and community arts practice among pluriethnic and diasporic populations in northern and southern contexts. It provided information on the work of popular educators, community artists, organizers and cultural studies theorists as they addressed social, political and economic interests across an increasingly integrated hemisphere, with increasingly globalized social movements. A published book titled ­VIVA! Community Arts and Popular Education in the Americas (2011) provides compelling case studies of groups in Panama, Nicaragua, Mexico, the United States, and Canada using the arts for education, community development, and social movement building.

Researcher: PI: Deborah Barndt

Project Theme: Community Arts & Advocacy

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