A Visual Arts Approach to Engaging Social Change
A model for cultural activism and pedagogy through art and community engagement
In Finding Voice, Kim Berman demonstrates how she was able to use visual arts training in disenfranchised communities as a tool for political and social transformation in South Africa. Using her own fieldwork as a case study, Berman shows how hands-on work in the arts with learners of all ages and backgrounds can contribute to economic stability by developing new skills, as well as enhancing public health and gender justice within communities. Berman’s work, and the community artwork her book documents, present the visual arts as a crucial channel for citizens to find their individual voices and to become agents for change in the arenas of human rights and democracy.
"Finding Voice offers a sustained examination of an arts-based response to the ongoing HIV-AIDS crisis in South Africa. It tells an important story about the adaptability of and stress in arts organizations as they respond to the changing context of the profoundly unsettling policy failures."
—Julie Ellison, University of Michigan
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