Works of Heart: Building Village Through the Arts

Works of Heart: Building Village Through the Arts


By (author) Lynne Elizabeth, By (author) Suzanne Young, Edited by Lynne Elizabeth, Edited by Suzanne Young, With Heather Beal, With Kiko Denzer, With Alicia Hokanson, With Annie Lanzillotto, With Clare Cooper Marcus, With Pamela Michael

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  • Publisher: New Village Press
  • Format: Hardback | 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 180mm x 231mm x 15mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 30 November 2006
  • ISBN 10: 0976605406
  • ISBN 13: 9780976605409
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: colour plates, index
  • Sales rank: 1,727,323

Product description

This full-color celebration of communities engaged in creative cultural expression profiles nine exemplary grassroots arts projects depicting an intersection of creativity with love of place. Stories range from children building an African-inspired mud facade on their Oregon middle school to an annual blessing-procession and festival in North Philadelphia that brings to life dozens of the most depressed blocks in urban America. Other regions represented include Minneapolis, Boston, Berkeley, rural Maine, San Francisco, the New York Bronx, and Vancouver, Canada. Community-based arts resources are sited throughout.Works of Heart offers a compendium of multicultural human-interest stories that will inspire and inform both community development professionals and citizen activists. Among those profiled are Lily Yeh and the Village of Arts and Humanities, Clara Wainwright and the Faith Quilts Project, Dolly Hopkins and Public Dreams, and the Beehive Collective.

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Author information

Director of New Village Press and former editor of New Village Journal and Earthword Journal. President of Architects/ Designers/ Planners for Social Responsibility. Founder and former director of Eos Institute for the Study of Sustainable Living. Consultant, author, speaker on community development, sustainability, and social justice issues.

Review quote

"Go home. Work with the mentalities you fled in your development. Wrestle your neighbors. Call out your ancestors," wrote artist Annie Rachele Lanzillotto in "Works of Heart: Building Village through the Arts."This new anthology presents a remarkable spectrum of artists who, like Lanzillotto, immersed themselves in their communities and emerged with projects, connections and experiences that transcend traditional notions of community art and move into realms that seem more like community development.--Jennifer Roche"CommunityArtsNetwork" (04/01/2007)

Back cover copy

"Community building is not just about housing, although we are doing that. It's not just about gardens, but it's an important backbone here. It's not just about education. It's all of that... but we must remember the heart." --Lily Yeh, founder The Village of Arts and Humanities Philadelphia WORKS OF HE"ART"--Citizen artists revitalize place, celebrate culture and inspire social change in this book of exemplary community-based arts projects.