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Meeting and extending participants: exploratory case studies of community artist pedagogy

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In this article, the author revisits the pedagogy of a chef, which inspired his interest in community arts, before turning to pedagogies of three British community artists that he investigated through an exploratory case study. The article discusses ways in which these artists described establishing relationships with participants and using materials in ways that might push them in new directions and towards the unknown. This process, described by one creative practitioner as 'meeting' and 'extending' her participants, was facilitated through creating an atmosphere of comfort and care, role play, and using materials in ways that allow for experimentation and are not suggestive of particular arts disciplines. In his final discussion, he explores the implications of these pedagogies for current debates within the emerging field of community arts practice.
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Keywords: ARTS PEDAGOGY; COMMUNITY ARTIST; CREATIVE PRACTICE; CREATIVE PRACTITIONER; PARTICIPATORY ARTS; PEDAGOGY

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2011-05-01

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