Snepvangers, Kim, and Donna Mathewson Mitchell. 2018. Beyond Community Engagement: Transforming Dialogues in Art, Education and the Cultural Sphere. Champaign, IL: Common Ground Research Networks. doi:10.18848/978-1-86335-003-7/CGP.
This book reconsiders fundamental questions about relationships between community engagement, art and education within cultural spheres. Transdisciplinary chapters bring together researchers as “insider practitioners” to challenge assumptions and offer new insights about practice, engagement and possibilities for transformation. The chapters reflect both localised projects and international perspectives on ecologies of practice as a key marker of the mobility of ideas as well as social mobility. In the current milieux we ask, is all engagement transformative, educative, sustainable and linked to democratizing principles that address civic agendas? Re-imagining sites/situations of learning, culture and place as “practice encounters” utilises a range of practices relevant for educators and practitioners in the public domain. Conceiving arts-based research as a network, prioritises transitions and becomings to re-conceptualise the significance of relationships within local/global connectivity. Linking professional networks and agencies to adaptive communities, creates an expanded field of real world creative partnerships to enable changing pedagogies.