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The relationship between art and engagement may be simpler and more relevant than it may seem.
Through questioning the above statement, I began to see the truth in it. Through dialogues with activists and community members, art has explicitly been said to what is needed in times or localities of social strife. As an art major and community engagement concentrator, this posed as a challenge for my capstone project. I realized as an artist and community engager, I needed to push my practice beyond the bounds of making a piece and how the practice of making art could serve a group of people. While working with the school LightHouse, art’s potential to serve strengthening a community’s connection and individuals' sense of self became quite clear. What became central to my project with them was the question: how can art serve placemaking?
© 2023 Abby Golden
Golden, Abby, "Does Public Art Matter?: Visual Art as Placemaking" (2023). Capstone, Smith College, Northampton, MA.
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