Teaching Artist Companion to Aesthetic perspectives

Attributes of Excellence in Arts for Change

digitale publicatie
D. Palmer Wolf; J. Rodriguez Pineda
Americans for the Arts
jaar van uitgave
Met literatuuropgave.
33 p.

A framework to enhance understanding and evaluation of creative work at the intersection of arts and civic engagement, community development, and justice. Aesthetic Perspectives aims to inform and inspire reflection, dialogue, and rich description in use by artists, funders, evaluators, educators, critics, presenters, programmers, curators, and audiences. The guide addresses how teaching and learning change when teaching artists engage young people in conversations, art-making practices, and reflection informed by the values and perspectives of Arts for Change.

What does the Aesthetic Perspectives Framework Address? The Aesthetic Perspectives framework reexamines how to recognize what’s good/beautiful/true/worthy in art. It proposes that when artists examine civic and social issues, stakeholders - artists, cultural leaders and institutions, community partners, educators, and evaluators -need to:

  • expand the criteria by which such work is understood and assessed;
  • embrace different artistic and cultural practices that break down the exclusivity and dominance of established canons; and
  • challenge the assumption that artistic quality is compromised by social intent, as if aesthetic value is dulled or lost when works embrace social change.

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