Aesthetic Imagination, Civic Imagination, and the Role of the Arts in Community Change and Development

By Max Stephenson, Jr. and Katherine Fox Lanham.

Published by The Arts Collection

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The relationship between aesthetic and civic imagination is explored and linked to a case example using arts-based dialogue to catalyze community renewal in an economically ailing area of Virginia.

Keywords: Social and Civic Identity, Civic and Aesthetic Imagination, Arts-Based Civic Dialogue

The International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp.83-92. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.063MB).

Dr. Max Stephenson, Jr.

Dr. Max Stephenson Jr. joined the Virginia Tech faculty in 1989 and has taught nonprofit organization and management and public policy related courses since. He is the co-director of the Institute for Governance and Accountabilities. His current research interests include comparative analysis of nongovernmental organization program/policy implementation structures and the conditions that conduce to effective leadership in networked organizational environments. He received his academic degrees from the University of Virginia. Dr. Stephenson's forthcoming article, "Developing Community Leadership Through the Arts In Southside Virginia: Social Networks, Civic Identity and Civic Change" will be published in Community Development Journal Vol.41, 2 (March, 2006).

Katherine Fox Lanham

Katherine Lanham is a graduate research assistant in the School of Public and International Affairs, working toward a masters in Urban and Regional Planning. She received a BA in Communications and Theatre from Boston College, with additional studies in theatre at Syracuse University in London and in arts management at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Katherine's career spans over 20 years in the arts as a performer, educator and administrator.

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