Arts & Photography Study & Teaching Books

Designing Society Through Art A Collaboration Between Citizens and Cultural Institutions

"One front-running project of Community-Building with Cultural Institutions"Nowadays, there is a growing interest in regional collaboration projects in which local cultural facilities such as art museums serve as hubs to create communities that connect people.The Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum and the Tokyo University of Fine Arts, the driving force behind this trend, have teamed up to produce this book that summarizes the entirety of the Tobira Project is a social design project, based in museums which fosters communities through art.Column:Yoshiaki Nishimura (Planning director, representative director of Living World, Tobira Project Advisor)Katsuhiko Hibino (Professor, School of Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts), Tsukasa Mori (Director, Project Coordination Division, Arts Council Tokyo / Tobira Project Advisor)What is the Tobira Project?Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum × Tokyo University of the Arts Tobira Project.The Tobira Project is a social design project based in museums which fosters communities through art.The project comprises art communicators (called "Tobira") from all walks of life, curators anduniversity educators, and experts working on the front line; together, these participantsharness the museums' cultural resources and develop activities that bring people closer toartworks, venues, and other people.The Tobira Project began in 2012, when the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum reopened after renovations, launched by the museum and the neighboring Tokyo University of the Arts.Tobira as a word carries double meanings: Tobi is the Japanese abbreviation for the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, but it also implies the action of "opening a new gateway (in Japanese, tobira)" to the world.

Is William Martinez Not Our Brother?: Twenty Years of the Prison Creative Arts Project (The New Public Scholarship)

Praise for the Prison Creative Arts Project:"I cannot overstate how profoundly my experience with the Prison Creative Arts Project has shaped my life. It began my engagement with prison issues, developed both my passion and my understanding of them, and I continue to draw on both as I seek to contribute to a more rational, humane and just criminal justice system. PCAP prepared me to adapt to any situation, to take risks, to collaborate with people very different from myself in a manner infused with total respect."---Jesse Jannetta, researcher, Justice Policy Center, the Urban Institute"PCAP provided me with an emotional education that I would not have received otherwise.  PCAP continually opens the doors to the stark reality of our criminal justice system as well as our society's ability to right the wrongs of that system and provide justice to millions of men, women, and children . . . PCAP showed me the power I, and the individuals around me, have to make a difference."---Anne Bowles, Policy and Outreach Associate, Institute for Higher Education Policy"PCAP looks beyond past mistakes and personal shortcomings to find the beauty and creative energies that help to heal the hurts we've done to others. They have not forgotten that we are human too! . . . Their program has given me a way to reach people that I would otherwise never reach. For that, I owe PCAP everything. They are my lifeline that I cling to."---Bryan Picken, incarcerated artistPrisons are an invisible, but dominant, part of American society: the United States incarcerates more people than any other nation in the world. In Michigan, the number of prisoners rose from 3,000 in 1970 to more than 50,000 by 2008, a shift that Buzz Alexander witnessed firsthand when he came to teach at the University of Michigan.Is William Martinez Not Our Brother? describes the University of Michigan's Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP), a pioneering program founded in 1990 that provides university courses, a nonprofit organization, and a national network for incarcerated youth and adults in Michigan juvenile facilities and prisons.By giving incarcerated individuals an opportunity to participate in the arts, PCAP enables them to withstand and often overcome the conditions and culture of prison, the policies of an incarcerating state, and the consequences of mass incarceration.Buzz Alexander is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of English Language and Literature, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, at the University of Michigan and was Carnegie National Professor of the Year in 2005.Cover image: Overcrowded by Ronald Rohn

Finding Voice: A Visual Arts Approach to Engaging Social Change (The New Public Scholarship)

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.