Combining Social Arts Practice and Conservation Management

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  • Title: Combining Social Arts Practice and Conservation Management: A New Mode of Community-led Dialogue for Decision Making?
  • Author(s): Jennifer Rock, Lynn Taylor
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: The Arts in Society
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts
  • Keywords: Social Arts Practice, Community, Conservation Management, Dialogue, Consultation, Engagement, Printmaking
  • Volume: 14
  • Issue: 2
  • Year: 2019
  • ISSN: 2326-9960 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2327-2104 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2326-9960/CGP/v14i02/49-67
  • Citation: Rock, Jennifer, and Lynn Taylor. 2019. "Combining Social Arts Practice and Conservation Management: A New Mode of Community-led Dialogue for Decision Making?." The International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts 14 (2): 49-67. doi:10.18848/2326-9960/CGP/v14i02/49-67.
  • Extent: 19 pages

Abstract

Both art and science are increasingly concerned with the goal of building dialogue with society, both individually (within respective disciplines) and together. Here we describe a study that aimed to facilitate expression of community perspectives on local conservation management. Such expression took the form of multiple dialogues including non-verbal with self (reflection on personal perspectives and values) and both non-verbal (through reflection and visual art) and verbal with others. We used social arts practice as issue-engaged practice, social object, and instrument for wider personal expression and community dialogue to help construct a co-created understanding of conservation values for joint future planning. In this approach, we hoped to design an alternative mode of public engagement that allowed greater critical reflection and expression, that extended beyond traditional consultation approaches where only the loudest voices are heard.