BLACK SOIL: OUR BETTER NATURE
Black Soil, a social enterprise based out of Lexington, KY, launched in 2017 by Ashley C. Smith and Trevor Claiborn, her partner in life and in work. Their focus is to revive and reclaim the agricultural heritage of Black Kentuckians to build economic opportunities for 21st century Black farmers and producers through handson technical support and strategies including educational workshops, community events like Farm Tours and Farm-to-Table Dinners that showcase Black farmers and Black culinary artists, and by lifting up the stories and history of Black agricultural experience through art, cultural sharing, and communitybuilding.
BLACK SOIL: OUR BETTER NATURE
BUILDING ARTS AND COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS
The questions in this work kit provide a structure for developing and planning an arts and community partnership. The kit is intended to tease out assumptions that lie within the impulses for the project.
CATALYST INITIATIVE PILOT PROJECT REPORTS
This is the first series of reports on the Catalyst Initiative, a program of the Center for Performance and Civic Practice. It chronicles the one-year journeys of artists teaming up with non-arts partners within a community to tackle projects ranging from community engagement and visioning processes to creative education practices and organizational capacity building.
CITIZEN JANE FILM
In 1960, Jane Jacobs’s book The Death and Life of Great American Cities sent shockwaves through the architecture and planning worlds, with its exploration of the consequences of modern planners’ and architects’ reconfiguration of cities. Jacobs was also an activist, who was involved in many fights in mid-century New York, to stop “master builder” Robert Moses from running roughshod over the city. This film retraces the battles for the city as personified by Jacobs and Moses, as urbanization moves to the very front of the global agenda. Many of the clues for formulating solutions to the dizzying array of urban issues can be found in Jacobs’s prescient text, and a close second look at her thinking and writing about cities is very much in order. This film sets out to examine the city of today through the lens of one of its greatest champions.
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT AND THE ARTS
This paper focuses on one aspect of the social impact of the arts: their influence on civic engagement. Its purpose is to assess the current state of knowledge about the relationship between the arts and civic engagement and to suggest documentation and evaluation strategies that artists, cultural and community organizations, philanthropists, and public agencies could take to improve the quality of that knowledge.
CREATING CHANGE: THE ROLE OF THE ARTISTS IN ANTI-DISPLACEMENT
As neighborhoods gentrify the fear of displacement increases and the narrative of the arts as a catalyst to gentrification and subsequent displacement comes into play. What is the role of the arts in anti-displacement?