Mapping the Landscape of Socially Engaged Artistic Practice

Alexis Frasz and Holly Sidford

The goals of the study were to:

  • Demonstrate some of the range of creative practices that make up this landscape of work, as well as what makes the work ethical, effective, and beautiful;

  • Provide a framework that reveals both meaningful commonalities as well as distinctions in practice, within which artists and supporters can situate themselves in relation to others working in this area;

  • Encourage stronger connections and relation- ships between parts of this ecosystem of artistic practice to ensure greater impact; and

  • Attract more support for this work, and help guide resources in ways that will have meaningful impact.

The response to the research initiative from artists, funders, and other supporters was overwhelmingly positive, confirming that there is a real need for more exploration of and transparency about this realm of practice.

  • Source: Purpose of the Research