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The Arts, Education, and Social Change

Little Signs of Hope


Mary Clare Powell and Vivien Marcow Speiser

Based on the conviction that the arts as integrated into education can transform both teaching and learning, the artist/teachers who contributed to this book describe the effects of bringing arts into prisons, small rural communities in The Far East and Africa, public school classrooms, and teacher preparation in universities and in community arts organizations. Their stories describe how the arts overcome deep-seated conflicts, build skills and confidence, and empower and enliven participants.
This book is for educators on all levels – teacher educators and prospective teachers, artists whose work touches on social issues, activists committed to social change, community-based arts organizations, and all who work for justice and equity in any arena. These stories bring hope for the future, as slowly, slowly, change is taking place.