Social action art therapy and the enhancement of political imagination

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Bird, J., Bird, L. and Collard-Stokes, G. 2023. Social action art therapy and the enhancement of political imagination. Journal of Applied Arts and Health. Mar 2023 (14), pp. 47-61. https://doi.org/10.1386/jaah_00126_1
AuthorsBird, J., Bird, L. and Collard-Stokes, G.
Abstract

This paper provides research-informed insights on the use of social action art therapy within the context of working with diverse communities to imagine future responses to climate crisis at a local level. We present creative responses produced by participants of a study conducted within a community arts space. The work described is inspired by the work of Savneet Talwar (Talwar, 2019) and Murry Bookchin (Bookchin, 1989). The creative responses come in the form of photographs of objects made by participants and sets of statements that emerged when these objects were used to initiate conversations about the imagined future of the city that participants were located within.
This paper’s aim is to evaluate the role of social action art therapy and art-based research within the context of the enhancing of collective political imagination in the service of democratically decided and socially just adaptations to climate crisis.

KeywordsArts Therapies; Social Action; Political Imagination; Climate Crisis
Year2023
JournalJournal of Applied Arts and Health
Journal citationMar 2023 (14), pp. 47-61
PublisherIntellect
ISSN2040-2465
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1386/jaah_00126_1
Web address (URL)https://intellectdiscover.com/content/journals/10.1386/jaah_00126_1
FunderUniversity of Derby
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