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  • Title: Building Affective Solidarity and Creating Healthier Communities through the Arts: Interactions, Elaborations, and Interventions in Multiple Contexts
  • Author(s): Julia Listengarten, Keri Watson , Kate Kilpatrick
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: The Arts in Society
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of Arts Education
  • Keywords: Socially Engaged Artistic Practice, Arts and Wellness, Prison Education, Aging Studies
  • Volume: 14
  • Issue: 4
  • Year: 2019
  • ISSN: 2326-9944 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2327-0306 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2326-9944/CGP/v14i04/11-20
  • Citation: Listengarten, Julia, Keri Watson, and Kate Kilpatrick. 2019. "Building Affective Solidarity and Creating Healthier Communities through the Arts: Interactions, Elaborations, and Interventions in Multiple Contexts." The International Journal of Arts Education 14 (4): 11-20. doi:10.18848/2326-9944/CGP/v14i04/11-20.
  • Extent: 10 pages

Abstract

This article examines arts-based interventions that seek to explore the ways in which the visual and performing arts can dismantle societal, disciplinary, and cultural barriers and create healthier communities. Guided by Judith Butler’s discourse on the ethics of representability, particularly in relation to the representation of fragility and precariousness, and Clare Hemmings’ notion of affective solidarity based on dissonance, this article analyzes two socially engaged, arts-based projects. The first took place in a medium-security men’s prison in Orlando, Florida, and the second in a community art center serving seniors with dementia in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Using qualitative data, including surveys and interviews, this article investigates the ways in which collaborative practices enrich student learning and offers scholars a theoretical framework for future research.