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Reading Room: Vibrant Ecologies of Research

Vibrant Ecologies of Research
Ground Works Special Collection

What are the elements necessary to create a vibrant ecology of research where art and design inquiry may flourish alongside, within, and out of social and physical science research that is so deeply embedded within the fiber of research-oriented universities? In this special collection of Ground Works, the project work and commentaries explore vibrant ecologies of research, deepening our understanding of the institutional, social, and epistemological systems that effectively weave arts-based inquiry into the scholarly fabric of research.

Reading Room: Critique Is Creative

Critique Is Creative
By Liz Lerman and John Borstel

Devised by choreographer Liz Lerman in 1990, Critical Response Process (CRP) is an internationally recognized method for giving and getting feedback on creative works in progress. In this first in-depth study of CRP, Lerman and her long-term collaborator John Borstel describe in detail the four-step process, its origins and principles. The book also includes essays on CRP from a wide range of contributors. With insight, ingenuity, and the occasional provocation, these practitioners shed light on the applications and variations of CRP in the contexts of art, education, and community life. Critique Is Creative examines the challenges we face in an era of reckoning and how the flexible principles of CRP can aid in change-making of various kinds.

With contributions from:

Bimbola Akinbola, Mark Callahan, Lawrence Edelson, Isaac Gómez, Rachel Miller Jacobs, Lekelia Jenkins, Elizabeth Johnson Levine, Carlos Lopez-Real, Cristóbal Martínez, Gesel Mason, Cassie Meador, Kevin Ormsby, CJay Philip, Kathryn Prince, Sean Riley, Charles C. Smith, Phil Stoesz, Shula Strassfeld, Gerda van Zelm, Jill Waterhouse, Rebekah West

“Collective Intelligence” overview by John Borstel

Reading Room: Solidarity Not Charity

Solidarity Not Charity: Grantmaking in the Solidarity Economy

This report, commissioned by Grantmakers in the Arts, is about the ways that arts and culture grantmakers can engage in systems-change work. The cultural sector is actively seeking alternatives to business-as-usual to create economic and racial justice in the sector and beyond. Grantmakers can play a role in the transformation of the sector by following the lead of Black, Indigenous, People of Color, disabled, queer, trans, and working class creatives who are innovating models for self-determination and community wealth.

Reading Room: Toolkit for Cooperative, Collective, & Collaborative Cultural Work

Toolkit for Cooperative, Collective, & Collaborative Cultural Work

“The motives that drive this kind of work are broad, ranging from desire to survival, or even a combination of the two, from the joy that may emerge from working with others to fostering a sense of belonging for our own self-preservation. In doing this work that is so counter to the ideologies and frameworks we encounter in our day-to-day lives, we insist on the need to embrace our fundamental interconnectivity and interdependence as human beings. We do this by honoring multiple perspectives, picking up the slack when others can’t, understanding that individual wellness is a collective responsibility, challenging one another, sharing our power, and more.”

Reading Room: SNAAP Research Symposium

2021 SNAAP Research Symposium Recordings

The SNAAP Research Symposium brings together researchers, administrators, faculty members, students, and policymakers to learn about recent research about the lives and careers of arts graduates using the rich SNAAP database.

The mission of the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) is to maximize the success and impact of creatives in society by driving evidence-informed change in training and illuminating the value of arts and design education. For information visit: