Grassroots Leadership and the Arts For Social Change

Susan J. Erenrich
American University and New York University, USA

Jon F. Wergin
Antioch University, USA

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29 Mar 2017
Emerald Publishing Limited
392 pages - 152 x 229mm
Building Leadership Bridges
Throughout history artists have led grassroots movements of protest, resistance, and liberation. They created dangerously, sometimes becoming martyrs for the cause. Their efforts kindled a fire, aroused the imagination and rallied the troops culminating in real transformational change. Their art served as a form of dissent during times of war, social upheaval, and political unrest. Less dramatically perhaps, artists have also participated in demonstrations, benefit concerts, and have become philanthropists in support of their favorite causes. These artists have been overlooked or given too little attention in the literature on leadership, even though the consequences of their courageous crusades, quite often, resulted in censorship, “blacklisting,” imprisonment, and worse. This forthcoming book seeks to explore the intersection of grassroots leadership and the arts for social change by accentuating the many victories artists have won for humanity. Through this forthcoming book readers will vicariously experience the work of these brave figures, reflect on their commitments and achievements, and continue to dream a better world full of possibility.
SECTION I: GRASSROOTS LEADERSHIP AND CULTURAL ACTIVISTS PART 1: PERFORMANCE ART 1. The Cellist of Sarajevo: Courage and Defiance through Music as Inspirations for Social Change - Randal Joy Thompson and Edin Ibrahimefendic 2. Fela Kuti: The Man, His Music, The Activist - Greg Chidi Obi 3. Václav Havel, the Playwright-Dissident: Theater as a Seismograph for Social Change - Joshua M. Hayden 4. Armand Gattís L’Inconnu N°5: Theater as a Catalyst for Resistance - Suzanne Epstein SECTION II: GRASSROOTS LEADERSHIP AND CULTURAL ACTIVISTS PART 2: VISUAL ART AND FILM 5. Boniface Mwangi: Photo-Journalist/Social Activist - Nita Hungu and Marta D. Bennett 6. Benevolent Subversion: Graffiti, Street Art, and the Emergence of the Anonymous Leader - James Jarc and Tricia Garwood 7. Innovating Social Change through Grassroots Leadership Practices in the Arts - Anu M. Mitra 8. Peter Young: The Filmmaker as Agent Provocateur - Margot Edwards and Ralph Bathurst SECTION III: GRASSROOTS LEADERSHIP, PARTICIPATORY DEMOCRACY, AND THE ROLE OF THE ARTS IN SOCIAL MOVEMENTS IN THE UNITED STATES 9. They Were All Leaders: The IWW and Songs for Revolution - Greg Artzner and Terry Leonino 10. Women’s Music: The Mothership - Holly Near 11. Acting Up and Fighting Back: How New York’s Artistic Community Responded to AIDS - David Edelman SECTION IV: THEATRE OF THE OPPRESSED AS A FORM OF GRASSROOTS LEADERSHIP 12. Truth Comes in Many Colors: Theatre of the Oppressed for Conflict Transformation and Trauma Healing in Kenya - Mecca Antonia Burns, Bonface Njeresa Beti and Maxwel Eliakim Okuto 13. Theater Research Methodology of a Split Society: Ukrainian Reality - Natalia Kostenko and Kateryna Tiahlo 14. From Needs-Based to Asset-Based Community Development: The ABCD Method as an Effective Strategy for Engaging with Grassroots Leaders in South Africa - Kennedy C. Chinyowa, Mziwoxolo Sirayi and Selloane Mokuku SECTION V: PEOPLE POWER, COMMUNITY BUILDING, AND THE ARTS FOR SOCIAL CHANGE 15. Finding a Line from Fight Club to the Kennedy Center: How We Learned to Cross Invisible Bridges - Garth A. Ross 16. Crafting Community and Change through Books and Pads: The Tikondwe Teachers Project in Domasi, Malawi - Kevin Bottomley, Justin Snyder, Alinane Misomali, Denise Archuleta, David H. Davenport, Marsha Dwyer, Destenie Nock, Lucy Kapenuka, Chifundo Ziyaya, Ann Potts and Liz Barber 17. The Shape of Water… Palestine, Badke and Let’s Make Noise for Gaza: Three Journeys of Intercultural Choreographic Practice in Palestine - Nicholas Rowe, Noora Baker and Ata Khatab 18. In Case of Emergency, Break Convention: Popular Education, Cultural Leadership, and Public Museums - Darlene E. Clover Index
Susan J. Erenrich, American University and New York University, USA Jon F. Wergin, Antioch University, USA

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