Toward a New Type of Community Practice: Possibility and Potential

10.07.2013/ 8:45 a.m.
Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts. St. Louis, United States
Meeting
Curated by Edward F. Lawlor, Dean of the Brown School; Kristina Van Dyke, Director of the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts; Emily Rauh Pulitzer, Founder and Board Chair of The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts and Amanda Moore McBride, Associate Dean for Social Work at the Brown School. Coordinated by Betul Ozmat, Pulitzer Fundation for the Arts and hosted by the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts and Washington University in St. Louis

The Integration and Impact of Art and Social Work: Towards a New Type of Community Practice.

A small and select group of academic, arts, justice and foundation leaders nation-wide, are invited to be a part of a transformational conversation that aims to develop a new model of social work practice with arts and cultural institutions with the goal of helping people stay out of prison. Hosted by the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts and Washington University in St. Louis, the charge of this convening is to analyze and debate the merits of creating a new pathway for working with hard to reach populations and a professional career path in social work and the arts that connects the two disciplines beyond education and community engagement and into social service interventions that emanate from within arts and cultural institutions that benefit individuals and communities.

Since 2007, the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts and the George Warren Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis have been jointly piloting a community engaged arts program which partners with social service agencies to make a difference in the lives of their clients while also enriching the mission of the Museum. Specifically, the program targeted formerly incarcerated individuals and homeless veterans integrating back into society who were seeking employment skills and other support. By engaging in theater activities and a creative process centered around the Pulitzer’s exhibitions, an evaluation of the progra found a range of positive psychosocial outcomes for participants including decreased recidivism rates. It is our goal to build upon this successful project with your input.

Session: Towards a Working Framework

Moderator:
.Amanda Moore McBrided

Respondents:
.Tania Bruguera

.Marilyn Flynn  

.De Nichols  

.Wendy Woon

Discussion Questions:

– How can we create and sustain a new field of professional practice within social work and arts and cultural institutions?

– What will it take for leaders within social work and the arts to develop collaborations? What goals and priorities do they share?

– Are partnerships and programs among cultural institutions and social service agencies meaningful, replicable and sustainable?

– Does there exist the possibility of creating and sustaining a new field of professional practice within social work and cultural institutions where social service intervention emanates from within arts and cultural institutions? If so, what is the role of academic, museum and foundation leaders to advance this practice?

– What challenges and opportunities exist within the fields of arts and social service organizations to advance this work?

– What measures of success should be defined and evaluated in order to demonstrate impact?

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