Community Arts and Community Cultural Development

Lee Higgins

in Community Music

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199777839
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950218 | DOI:
Community Arts and Community Cultural Development

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This chapter examines the community arts scene in the UK and community cultural development from the US. As an initially Western enterprise, community arts grew from the development of new artistic expressions that offered a challenge to the dominant culture, cumulating in the counter-revolution of the 1960s and 1970s. Using this as a starting point, the chapter plots the ideology, context and definitions that shaped the UK’s community arts movement. International manifestations of socially responsibly art are considered alongside this case demonstrating that community arts as a movement was a product of its time, a cultural expression that emerged from cultural upheaval and professional community development practices initiated after World War II. This leads into a discussion of “community cultural development,” a lens through which contemporary international community music practice can now be seen. This broadens the historic perspective to include developments particularly representative in the US and Australia.

Keywords: history; community arts; cultural development; community arts movement; counter-revolution

Chapter.  9443 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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