Works of Heart : Building Village Through the Arts, edited by Lynne Elizabeth and Suzanne Young (Oakland, CA : New Village Press, 2006)
Works of the Heart : Building Village Through the Arts profiles “citizen artists” who are working to “revitalize place, celebrate culture and inspire social change” through “community-based arts projects.” Essays describe North Philadelphia’s Village of Arts and Humanities; Minneapolis’ No Name Exhibitions housed in the restored National Purity Soap Company; The Garden of Hope/The Healing Garden at the University of San Francisco Medical Center; the mud murals of Fairplay Middle School in Corvallis, Oregon; impromptu opera and theater in the Bronx Market; the Faith Quilts Project, a public quilting project reaching out from Massachusetts; Vancouver, British Columbia’s Public Dreams Community Art and Celebration Organization; River of Words based in Berkeley, California; and The Beehive Collective of Marias, Maine. Suggested books, websites, and additional resources are found throughout the book. Works of Heart : Building Village Through the Arts is a work of love that could change the world.
“The word love is not commonly used among planners and community development specialists who cautiously measure the ‘social capital’ of ‘civil society,’ so we laud the late Jane Jacobs, to whom this book is dedicated, for speaking up about that gutsy emotion that truly makes the world go ‘round. Communities that ‘get it’ express a central vibrancy so irrestible, their good work is self-perpetuating. Such zeal, such neighborhood caring, is the stuff this book is made of.” – from Works of Heart : Building Village Through the Arts, edited by Lynne Elizabeth and Suzanne Young