This graphic recording was made at a community workshop about the role of Community Arts in “Arts-Based Community Development”. Community Arts is a way for people to build community by making art together. It could be a puppet show about a community issue, or using fallen branches to make environmental art in a park.
The workshop also included a report-back. Last fall, the Community Arts Council of Vancouver made a survey that asked, “what does Community Arts mean to you?” Over 180 community members, artists, and funders responded and said it means collaboration, inclusivity, creativity, and more.
I found some survey responses personally interesting. People said that making art with their community promotes good mental health, and it gives people the confidence to make a difference. Participants said that when art is about community needs, it promotes cooperation instead of profit.
An example of choosing co-operation is an artists’ Gift Circle. At the workshop where I was drawing, participants did their own Gift Circle and many new connections were made that night.
Thank you so much to the Community Arts Council of Vancouver for the invitation.