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Product Details

  • Paperback: 332 pages
  • Publisher: New Village Press (March 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976605465
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976605461
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 2.3 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #273,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Expert praise for Art and Upheaval

"For some readers, this book could be used as a how-to manual for organizing a variety of arts projects responding to crisis, but for a much broader audience, Art and Upheaval will serve to validate the importance of artists working outside artistic institutions. In Cleveland's words, these artists "… are doing this to rally or to bring order, to educate and inspire, to entertain, to heal, but most of all, to tell the story—the hidden story, the story denied."
John Kreidler, Grantmakers in the Arts Reader: Volume 20, No. 1, Spring 2009

"Each of the groups Cleveland profiles started small, but grew to provide essential safe space where communities could come together and heal. Community art offered a way forward: a chance to acknowledge and confront painful histories, to begin to resolve current conflicts, and to imagine a different kind of future."
Brooke Jarvis, Yes! Magazine

"Cleveland gets down to gritty detail by documenting the censorship, government-sponsored arson, and institutional apathy that have threatened these outposts, as well as the specific historic moments that sparked them. All told, these are success stories against the odds. Art and Upheaval makes clear that where "monetary compensations, legal wrangling, formal apologies, condolences, and all other cultural frameworks often surrounding disasters and tragedies" stand little chance of repairing the spirit in the wake of killing unrest, public art just might."
Josie Rawson, Public Art Review

"Cleveland’s writing about artists in far corners pulling together and creating moral centres for healing and political reconciliation is sometimes ponderous but couldn’t be more relevant now that we have a global leader in Barack Obama who has made community-organising the centrepiece of his presidency. It may be that we have outlived the long period of ethical (and aesthetic) neutrality in our culture, now that politics is finally catching up with art."
Suzi Gablik, Resurgence Magazine

"The book is superbly written. After a brief introduction explaining his journey, Cleveland jumps into the artists’ stories. The chapters interweave the larger political dynamics with the personal narratives of the artists, providing background on the family and cultural contexts that helped shape their identity and actions. All too often stories of social-change actors concentrate on the actions of activists and are devoid of the larger political and social context. Cleveland does a masterful job of linking the narratives across the personal, community and societal levels."
Craig Zelizer, CommunityArtsNetwork

From the Back Cover

"Art and Upheaval turns a world eager for hope and good news onto the fact that everyday around the world there are artists daring to speak truth (and beauty!) to power in ways that build understanding and reconciliation where there were previously only hardened hearts and ruin."
—David Griffith, author, A Good War is Hard to Find: The Art of Violence in America

"Through the eloquent telling of stories of ordinary people daring to speak out, fight back and take action, Bill Cleveland shows us the most precious gift innate in all of us, the power to imagine and create. The act of creation can heal our deepest wounds and turn crisis into opportunity."
—Lily Yeh, artist and founder, Barefoot Artists and The Village of Arts and Humanities

"Another insightful set of observations from a master storyteller. In his new book Cleveland deepens our sense of how human imagination and creativity sit next to upheaval in the ecology of meaning."
—Jennifer Williams, artist, founder, The Center for Creative Communities

Praise for Art in Other Places:

"An important addition to the expanding body of work on community arts... Cleveland has collected heartwarming stories from deeply committed people who should be our role models."
—Lucy Lippard, writer, critic

"This book and his work in other places show not only concern for the human condition, but how we can improve it."
—Jonathan Borofsky, artist

Bill Cleveland is a pioneer in the community arts movement and one of its most poetic documenters. Activist, teacher, lecturer, and musician, he directs the Center for the Study of Art & Community. Previous works include Making Exact Change and Art in Other Places.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for anyone who doubts art's contribution to society. Sept. 2 2008
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Taking a stance against the injustices of the world is something we all wish we could do, but few posses the influence to do so significantly. "Art and Upheaval: Artists on the World's Frontlines" is an assortment of stories of people of the arts, be they actor, writer, painter, playwright or such, standing up for their beliefs. Their stories are inspiring about how those who use their fame for the good of all. Enhanced with photos and art of and by the nobler artists, "Art and Upheaval" is a must for anyone who doubts art's contribution to society.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love It May 6 2014
By Bgrand - Published on Amazon.com
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My own work, artistically is about using art to create social change. And so this book is become sort of a work-bible for me. I'm encouraged by the strength and tenacity of the artists profiled and how the writer, Mr. Cleveland sought out folks who were working to create change in a global sense. Love it. Loved Loved it and have asked tons of like-minded friends to get this book.