Aesthetic Perspectives: Attributes of Excellence in Arts for Change

Aesthetic Perspectives is a framework to enhance understanding and evaluation of creative work at the intersection of arts and civic engagement, community development, and justice.  Aesthetic Perspectives describes 11 attributes of excellence defined by artists that can be observed in socially engaged work in all artistic disciplines.  These attributes address the potency of creative expression to embody and motivate change. 



Offering findings from Animating Democracy’s initial phase of action-based research on arts-based civic dialogue projects, an experiment in critical writing, and Animating Democracy’s launching study.


Case Studies

Providing in-depth portraits and analyses of arts and humanities-based civic engagement and dialogue projects.


Papers, Essays, and Articles

Exploring philosophical, practical, and aesthetic dimensions of socially engaged arts and humanities work.



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