Beauty, Creativity, and Healing
Edited By Bandy Lee, Nancy Olson and Thomas Duffy
Socially Engaged Art and the Mechanics of Civic Life
by Ruth Morgan
I have been invited to share my experience using the arts to engage “at risk” populations and the impact that has on civic life and culture. Of course, because a large part of my work has taken place inside jails and prisons, most of the people I work with have transcended the term “at risk” and gone on to become whatever they were at risk of becoming.
Our work at Community Works engages communities in ways that may inform the definition or at least the practical application of the socially engaged art. Thus, I would like to share the experience of how I came to do this work and where it has brought me, hopefully to a place that intersects with social engagement.
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